Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 30, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Egg Farmers of Canada was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2018):
- Along with supporting ongoing employee education, Egg Farmers of Canada reaches out to the next generation of talent, offering paid internships, co-op placements and an informal internship program to provide part-time opportunities for students and new grads to gain hands-on experience in their particular field
- Egg Farmers of Canada supports employees with young families, providing maternity leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers (to 70% of salary for up to 2 weeks) and parental top-up for new mothers, fathers and adoptive parents (up to 15 weeks)
- Egg Farmers of Canada is an active member of the community, donating more than 1 million eggs to school breakfast programs each year through national partnerships with Breakfast Club of Canada and Breakfast for Learning -- the organization also donates more than 1.75 million eggs to Food Banks Canada, a partnership that spans over two decades
Egg Farmers of Canada battles malnutrition
They refer to it as "the humble egg," but there's nothing humble about the kind of positive impact Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) strives to have in addressing issues such as malnutrition.
Over the past three years, EFC has distributed 2.5 million eggs to orphans in Swaziland, an African country of a little over a million people, but where the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS has left a quarter of a million children orphaned.
That's in addition to the millions of eggs EFC donates annually through organizations like Breakfast Club of Canada and Food Banks Canada.
"It starts with a belief in our product and the fact that eggs are the perfect food and gold standard for protein," says CEO Tim Lambert, whose organization represents more than 1,000 egg farmers in all provinces and the Northwest Territories. "We have a real passion about the contribution we can make, domestically and globally."
The organization also has a strong commitment to growing the industry in the most sustainable manner possible. A recent EFC study found farmers were producing 50 per cent more eggs using half the resources they did 50 years ago.
"That's tremendous progress," says Lambert, "but we want to do even better. That's why we are working with partners to look at the environmental impact of egg production. It's also why we supported a Research Chair in Sustainability at the University of British Columbia."
Lambert believes there is a direct connection between these humanitarian and environmental initiatives, and the reputation EFC has earned as a top employer. "We've built a reputation as a leading agriculture organization because we are known for doing the right things for the right reasons," he adds.
That was certainly the case for Christine Anawati, who joined EFC five years ago and is now Manager of Corporate Communications. "EFC's longstanding approach to giving back really appealed to me," she says.
With a team of 58 people, she adds, "EFC is a fast-paced workplace where young professionals are given the tools we need to thrive and grow in our careers."
Anawati points to a recently formed Employee Engagement Group as an example of how everyone is encouraged to make a difference. "The idea is very simple, but effective — every team member can provide input and have direct impact on the way we work."
As a result of these efforts EFC benefits from a high level of employee engagement and low turnover rates.