Co-operators Group Limited, The
An employee at The Co-operators Group volunteers to lend a hand in the company's onsite garden  

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Co-operators Group Limited, The was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • The Co-operators Group offers a number of insurance products to encourage its customers to make greener choices including insurance discounts for LEED construction, automobile insurance discounts for hybrid and electric vehicles, and an Impact investing program, with over 7 per cent of its investment portfolio directed to investments that provide positive financial returns alongside positive social or environmental impacts
  • Along with developing aggressive recycling programs, The Co-operators Group provides employees with two paid volunteer days off each year, with many employees opting to support local environmental causes -- the company also works directly with Habitat for Humanity to salvage usable materials from commercial and residential property claims for donation to their ReStore locations -- over 40,000kg were diverted from landfill through this program last year
  • At offices across Canada, The Co-operators Group encourages employees to consider alternative commuting habits through regional initiatives such as transit subsidies for Guelph and Regina-based employees, secure bicycle parking with shower facilities at Québec, Toronto and Halifax offices, and partnering with a local bike co-op to promote cycling to work for Moncton employees
Employees at The Co-operators Group volunteering to plant wildflowers  

Highlights

Industry Insurance
Major Canadian hiring locations Burlington ON, Guelph ON, Regina SK, Calgary AB, Moncton NB, Montréal QC, Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 5,545
Employee green team Sustainability Steering Committee, Sovereign General Sustainability Committee (subsidiary organization), IT Sustainability Committee (focused on IT-related sustainability issues)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives VP, Sustainability and Citizenship
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights employees receive two paid volunteer days each year, with many employees opting to support local environmental initiatives, Impact Investing (to support investments that provide positive returns alongside positive social or environmental impacts), insurance products to encourage customers to make green choices (from discounts for LEED construction to auto insurance discounts for hybrid and electric vehicles)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, apple orchard at the CUMIS subsidiary's head office in Burlington (annual harvest is picked by volunteers and donated to community organizations), LED lighting upgrades, rooftop Peregrine falcon nesting box (Montréal location)
Extended recycling batteries, printer and toner cartridges, light bulbs, cellphones, organics at major locations
Commuter amenities bike racks and shower facilities, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, electric vehicle charging stations
Community partnerships University of Waterloo Faculty of Environment (partnership to address flood issues), Corporate Knights Council for Clean Capitalism (founding member), Smart Prosperity (coalition to guide the transition to a low-carbon economy), United Nations Environment Programme (signatory to the Finance Initiative's Principles for Sustainable Insurance initiative), Smart Commute, signed the Montreal Carbon Pledge in 2014 (includes a public disclosure of its carbon footprint), Bullfrog Power (includes corporate offices and financial advisor offices across Canada with a goal to effectively be carbon neutral by 2020), Green Propeller Recycling (non-profit organization recycles used child car seats), Habitat for Humanity (reusable material from residential and commercial insurance claims donated to ReStore locations, with over 40,000kg of materials diverted from landfill in 2017)

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