Vancity / Vancouver City Savings Credit Union
Vancouver City Savings Credit Union celebrating bicycle commuting during Bike to Work Week

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Vancity / Vancouver City Savings Credit Union was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2016) and Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2016):

  • Vancity is the largest employer in Canada to become a "Living Wage Employer", which is more than a simple minimum wage but a program that recognizes the social and economic benefits of paying a real living wage for all its employees and service providers -- which Vancity does
  • Vancity supports employees with young families through generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments for moms (to 85% of salary for 52 weeks) as well as new dads and adoptive parents (to 85% of salary for 35 weeks)
  • Vancity supports ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies (to $2,400 each year) as well as a unique live and work co-op training option for employees interested in living in Bologna, Italy (where co-operatives account for one-third of the GDP) -- also provides four month secondments for those who want to spend time working at a non-profit community organization
  • Vancity starts employees with three weeks of paid vacation (some start with four weeks) and offers a bonus week of vacation to celebrate their first decade of employment and every fifth year thereafter
Vancity staff and their families at charity fundraiser

Highlights

Industry Credit Unions
Established in Canada 1946
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Victoria BC, Squamish BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,076
Part-time employees in Canada 474
Average age of employees in Canada 41
Longest serving employee 42 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, non-matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Vancity / Vancouver City Savings Credit Union was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • Vancity's BOMA BEST Level 1 certified head office features a number of environmentally-friendly features, including rooftop solar panels to pre-heat water, a heat recovery system to capture waste heat from it computer server room, reflective e-glass, non CFC refrigerants, water-based paints, commercially harvested second-growth wood and recyclable carpets -- the credit union is currently working on certification projects for three additional locations and maintains one LEED Gold certified branch
  • Vancity encourages its customers to make sustainable choices through a number of green financial products including financing rewards for green home renovations, a special "enviro VISA" with donations of at least 5 percent of profits to local environmental projects, and discounted loans for the purchase of fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric cars
  • Vancity's head office employees have consistently achieved waste diversion rates of over 80 percent through aggressive recycling and composting programs and the credit union works directly with landlords to encourage recycling and additional diversion programs
Rooftop solar panels at Vancouver City Savings Credit Union's BOMA Best certified head office

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Victoria BC, Squamish BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,076
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director, Facility and Environmental Management
Unique green initiatives eviro Visa (donates at least 5% of profits to local environmental projects), Green Business Program (helps business integrate sustainability into their operations), Bright Ideas Financing (rewards for energy efficient home initiatives), Clean Air Vehicle Loan (no maximum and no pre-payment penalties)
In-house waste reduction and recycling batteries, organics (at some locations)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Bike to Work Week (employees volunteer to host free bike maintenance and safe cycling workshops), BC Hyrdro's Power Smart Energy Conservation Pledge
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes green roof, solar water heating, rooftop garden managed by employees, indoor electric vehicle charging stations, city's SkyTrain LRT runs through the head office building (literally), other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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