Nature's Path Foods, Inc.
Nature's Path employees with some of the company's products during the annual 'Eat Well Do Good' fundraiser event

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why Nature's Path Foods, Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • Nature's Path hosts an annual health and wellness week, featuring free massages, yoga classes, holistic nutritionists and biometric screenings -- additionally, the company offers a wellness subsidy which can be used for related fitness activities as well as the purchase of home fitness equipment
  • Nature's Path lets everyone share in the company's success through profit-sharing and encourages employees to save for the future with matching RSP contributions
  • Nature's Path's highly focused charitable program is integrated into its core line of business, including the "Gardens for Good" initiative and the longstanding "EnviroKidz 1% for the Planet" program -- the organization also established a zero waste target and even maintains a unique employee-managed onsite organic garden, where employees can stroll outside and practice a little therapeutic gardening to unwind during a busy day
Employees from Nature's Path's gardening committee taking care of the office's onsite garden

Employer Background

Industry Food Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1985
Major Canadian hiring locations Richmond BC, Delta BC
Full-time employees in Canada 193
Part-time employees in Canada 1
Full-time employees worldwide 694
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6%
Average age of employees in Canada 40
Longest serving employee 32 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is located in a 2-storey renovated warehouse (with employee feedback provided) that offers an open-concept work environment for many departments, workplace features an onsite organic garden where employees can unwind or simply enjoy some therapeutic gardening, reserved parking for hybrid vehicles and carpoolers, a fully-stocked store with products available at significantly reduced costs, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, table tennis, gazebo and sitting area in the garden
Snacks available a selection of Nature's Path products available, including cereal, rice bars, granola bars and oatmeal for sample
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, salsa dancing), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, personal trainers available at additional cost, a treadmill desk was recently added for employees who want to take a break from sitting (allowing them to work and work-out)
Other nearby amenities Richmond Olympic Oval, fitness club, Richmond Nature Park, Bridgeport Trail (employees are encouraged to take their meetings to the trail), daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Airport, Canada Line bike trail (connects Richmond to bike lanes in Vancouver)

Work Atmosphere & Communications A+

Employee social committee name SoCo Social Committee (est. 2002)
Recent social events evening company Christmas party with dinner and dancing (hosted at Science World last year), annual summer picnic (complete with food truck catering and a dunk tank for the CFO), Halloween costume party, Valentine's Day celebration (with photo booth, a "wall of love" for employees to share their affirmations, desserts and a gift baskets awarded to the "most romantic" and the "least romantic"), a number of activity-based clubs, from a volleyball team (called the Cereal Killers) to a meditation group
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter
Other in-house communications quarterly town hall meetings

Financial Benefits & Compensation B

Financial benefits note Nature's Path has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 24 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $300) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits cash reimbursement with the purchase of an eco-friendly vehicle (to $1,000), financial bonuses for those using alternative and sustainable transportation to get to work events

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B

Health plan note Nature's Path has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 24 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Wellness spending account up to $500 each year
Other health plan information wellness subsidy can be use for related fitness activities as well as towards the purchase of home fitness equipment, monthly onsite visits by a registered massage therapist, annual health and wellness week featuring free massages, yoga classes, holistic nutritionists, biometric screenings and more
Family-friendly benefits note Nature's Path has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $3,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 17 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note Nature's Path has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 8 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 1 month

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), unique Performance Driven, Always Improving, Team Focused, Honorable & Respectful Sustainably Focused & Socially Conscious (or PATHS) peer-nominated awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development B+

In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year

Community Involvement A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 500 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 30 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported BC Children's Hospital, UBC Farm, Food Banks Canada, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, University of Victoria, Hunger Task Forced, Feeding America, Green Kidz, Rodale Institute, Coast Mental Health, BC Cancer Society, YMCA, David Suzuki Foundation, The Amazon Conservation Team, The Australian Koala Foundation, The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, The Jane Goodall Institute
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Nature's Path's charitable program is primarily focused on hunger relief and community feeding programs, endangered species and habitat conservation, youth and environmental education, community health and wellness, and furthering organic and sustainable food systems. The company has many longstanding programs that are integrated into its line of business including the Bite4Bite program (with its popular Love Crunch product), the 1% for the Planet program through its EnviroKidz line, the Gardens for Good program (in support of organic gardening initiatives), and the Eat Well Do Good fundraising initiative to raise funds, volunteer and provide food for local food banks.

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Nature's Path Foods, Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • Since 2009, Nature's Path has purchased renewable energy credits for all electricity usage -- and through an ongoing focus on energy use reductions and generation initiatives, the company is committed to the long-term goal of offsetting all of its greenhouse gas emissions
  • Nature's Path is a certified organic producer (since 1985) and works directly with certified organic suppliers to ensure that purchased ingredients are certified organic -- in supporting such a policy, the company has ensured that over 39,800 hectares are kept free of chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers
  • Head office employees at Nature's Path maintain a large organic staff garden which features composting bins and complements the company's ambitious waste management program with a targeted 99 percent waste diversion rate -- impressively, the company achieved diversion rates of 88 percent to 97 percent, with two locations recognized as zero waste facilities by the US Zero Waste Business Council
Nature's Path employees giving out free samples of products at the Eat Well Do Good fundraiser

Highlights

Industry Food Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Richmond BC, Delta BC
Full-time employees in Canada 185
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Senior Director of HR and Sustainability
Formal strategy/policy name Declaration of Sustainability (outlines 11 areas where sustainability is measured)
Green highlights performance management program called PATHS, incorporates sustainability into all employee job descriptions (encouraging employees to focus on greening their roles as part of their day-to-day responsibilities), longstanding EnviroKidz line of products (supports the "1% for the Planet" with one percent of sales donated to environmental education and initiatives around the world), Envirobox program (reduced size of cereal box packaging by 10 percent, use of vegetable based inks for printing and made from 100 percent recycled paperboard), EcoPac program (offers customers same products but with 66 percent less packaging), the "Bite4Bite Love Crunch" program and the "Eat Well Do Good" employee volunteer program in support of local food banks
Extended recycling organics, soft and hard plastics, e-waste, styrofoam, food waste from manufacturing processes sold to farmers as feed (two of its three manufacturing plants are certified as zero waste facilities by the US Zero Waste Business Council)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives numerous organic industry associations (domestic and international), Climate Smart (energy calculator and energy offsets)
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, onsite organic garden constructed and maintained by employees, electric vehicle charging station, LED lighting

The Career Directory

Nature's Path Foods, Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Nature's Path employees posing with healthy products

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Food Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Richmond BC, Delta BC
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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