Nature's Path Foods, Inc.
Nature's Path employees at the company's Eat Well Do Good fundraiser   (Photo credit: KimB)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Nature's Path Foods, Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and BC's Top Employers (2018) :

  • 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
  • On the job, employees at Nature's Path can enjoy a variety of free healthy snacks, including a selection of Nature's Path and Que Pasa products such as granola, cereal, oatmeal, chips, salsa and more
  • 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
Nature's Path employees help debut a new product at an industry trade show   (Photo credit: Cheryl Pellerin / Chertography)

Employer Background

Industry Food Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1985
Major Canadian hiring locations Richmond BC, Delta BC
Full-time employees in Canada 186
Part-time employees in Canada 1
Full-time employees worldwide 635
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 7%
Average age of employees in Canada 40 years
Longest serving employee 33 years

Physical Workplace Rating: 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, sit-stand workstations, religious observance room, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, table tennis, gazebo and sitting area in the organic fruit and vegetable garden, meditation and yoga room for employees to use for personal meditation and religious purposes
Snacks available a selection of organic coffee and tea are available, as well as Nature's Path and Que Pasa products, including granola, cereal, oatmeal, chips, salsa and more
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga classes offered twice a week, monthly visits from a registered massage therapist, treadmill desk for working and working out), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities
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, Bridgeport Transit Centre (allows for convenient access to downtown and the airport)

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A+

Employee social committee name SoCo Social Committee (est. 2002)
Recent social events annual holiday party (held at Grouse Mountain last year), summer picnic (with a visit from a food truck and attendance at a baseball game), Chinese New Year celebrations, Halloween costume and recipe contests, Valentines Day celebration (with a photo booth and contests for best team and individual photos as well as the "Wall of Love" where employee could recognize one another for their good work), Live Green Week, regular birthday celebrations
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter
Other in-house communications quarterly town hall meetings

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B

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
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits cash reimbursement with the purchase of an eco-friendly vehicle (to $1,000) through the "Green My Ride" program, financial bonuses for those using alternative and sustainable transportation to get to work events

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B

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
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Other health plan information employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, 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
Additional health and wellness information annual health and wellness week featuring free massages, yoga classes, holistic nutritionists, biometric screenings and more, monthly visits by a registered massage therapists, the "Get Fit" wellness subsidy (to $500) can be used for fitness activities or for the purchase of home fitness equipment
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 Rating: B

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 Rating: 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
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
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 Rating: B+

In-house training initiatives 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 Rating: 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 Force, Feeding America, Green Kidz, Simon Fraser University, VGH, Enspire Foundation, Rodale Institute, Coast Mental Health, BC Cancer Society, YMCA, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
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 raising money for food banks), the 1% for the Planet program through its EnviroKidz line in support of numerous environmental initiatives, 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

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

  • 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% waste diversion rate -- the company's head office also features an 11-stream recycling station which captures everything from organics to styrofoam to batteries, and two of its three manufacturing plants are certified as zero waste facilities by the US Zero Waste Business Council
  • Nature's Path has been 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's various crop-sharing agreements with local farmers ensure that over 2,670 hectares of farmland in Saskatchewan and Montana are organic, which, in turn, ensures that over 189,600kg of synthetic pesticides are not used
Employees from Nature's Path's gardening committee taking care of the office's onsite garden  

Highlights

Industry Food Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Richmond BC, Delta BC
Full-time employees in Canada 193
Formal employee "green team" yes
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 crop-sharing agreements ensure that over 2,670 hectares of farmland in Saskatchewan and Montana are organic (which, in turn, ensures that over 189,600kg of synthetic pesticides are not used), mandatory sustainability training for all new employees, annual Live Green Week hosted by the social committee, longstanding EnviroKidz line of products (supports the "1% for the Planet" with 1% of sales donated to environmental education and related initiatives around the world), Envirobox program (reduced size of cereal box packaging by 10%, use of vegetable based inks for printing and made from 100% recycled paperboard), EcoPac program (offers customers same products but with 66% less packaging), supports the "How2Recycle" labeling system to help educate consumers, the "Bite4Bite Love Crunch" program and the "Eat Well Do Good" employee volunteer program in support of local food banks
Extended recycling head office features an 11-stream recycling station, including organics, soft and hard plastics, e-waste and styrofoam, batteries, two of its three manufacturing plants are certified as zero waste facilities by the US Zero Waste Business Council (all locations regularly post impressive waste diversion rates of over 90%)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
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), David Suzuki Foundation, Wild Earth Allies (Cambodia), Amazon Conservation Team (Colombia), Defenders of Wildlife (USA)
Building footprint includes electric vehicle charging stations, onsite organic garden constructed and maintained by employees, LED lighting, extensive recycling program, water conservation

The Career Directory

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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

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