A “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT” DAY
To ensure that the activities of its various sectors related to sustainable development (SD), which, for the Fonds, is reflected in its socially responsible investment (SRI) approach, are optimally and coherently integrated, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ established an SD/SRI Coordination Committee in 2009. This Committee, which initially supported the production of the Fonds’ annual report that integrated its first sustainability report, in 2010, has evolved considerably over the years. Comprised of five persons at the outset, the Committee now encompasses a group of about thirty Fonds employees who voluntarily participate in its activities.
The SD/SRI Coordination Committee held an initial meeting on March 15, 2013, which was attended by all of these employees. This day included a training session on sustainable development and socially responsible investment issues, the ultimate goal being to submit to the Fonds’ governing bodies a draft Integrated SD/SRI Policy during the 2013-2014 financial year. This new policy will form part of the Risk Management Policy.
CARBON-NEUTRAL ANNUAL MEETINGS
Once again this year, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ retained Planetair to reduce the environmental impact of its annual general meeting. Accordingly, the quantity of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to transportation, lodging and meals for the attendees that could not completely be eliminated was evaluated, and a monetary amount was paid to Planetair to offset those emissions. This money is invested in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. That’s action that counts!
Saladexpress, a Fonds partner company located in Saint-Rémi, in the heart of vegetable heaven, processes fresh, ready-to-use vegetables for use by consumers as well as professional cooks and the industry. The company is proud of what it achieves every day to support sustainable development.
Complying with the 4Rs principles (reduce, reuse, recycle, reclaim), Saladexpress recycles or reuses close to 100% of the 3,000 tonnes of residual materials resulting from its vegetable processing operations each year. Of these materials, 90% is organic waste that is used in animal feed, and 10% is cardboard or plastic packaging waste that is recycled. What a great way to give back to Earth what it gives us!