Our Everyday Actions
Every day, TC Transcontinental demonstrates its commitment to pursuing its activities in a responsible manner, guided by its long-term vision.
By working in collaboration with our teams, customers and suppliers, we take action to make a difference. Here are a few examples of our initiatives and the acknowledgments we have received over the years.
The Rémi Marcoux Entrepreneurial Track is a launch pad for future entrepreneurs!
Launched in November 2013, the Rémi Marcoux Entrepreneurial Track is a six-month academic program offered to students of HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and Université de Montréal. This program allows participants to explore their inner entrepreneur and develop a business idea. Upon completion of the track, participants have their own start-up business and are ready to take off.
Since its launch, the Track has welcomed four cohorts, gathering a total of 43 students – 14 in 2017 – and enabled the completion of 35 projects. The young companies born out of it helped create 67 jobs in 2014. The Track represents a sustainable experience for the large majority of its participants given that 83.7% of them are still entrepreneurs.
The Track is proud to have recently been accepted to Amazon Activate, a U.S. program offering a full range of online services for young entrepreneurs. These services include web hosting, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and game development, among other things. Track participants thus benefit from advanced technology services worth US$5,000 for a period of two years. For these young entrepreneurs preparing to launch, this support is definitely valuable.
For entrepreneurial spirits
The Rémi Marcoux Entrepreneurial Track is targeted to students who would like to start a business, take over a business to bring innovation and creativity, ensure succession or create a spin-off for a family business. To learn more about the Rémi Marcoux Entrepreneurial Track, visit the program’s website (French only).
Congratulations to Transcontinental Ross-Ellis, recipient of a 2018 MultiPrévention award
Transcontinental Ross-Ellis was rewarded with a MultiPrévention award by the Association paritaire pour la santé et la sécurité du travail, which promotes workplace health and safety, and of which TC Transcontinental is a member. The purpose of the MultiPrévention awards is to acknowledge and promote good workplace accident and occupational disease prevention ideas every year.
In the Printing Industry and related sectors category, Transcontinental Ross-Ellis set itself apart thanks to a project dealing with the modification of a workstation and work processes, which helped to significantly reduce the risks of musculoskeletal disorders. This award makes Transcontinental Ross-Ellis eligible for the $5,000 Lachance-Morin bursary, awarded for the realization of a workplace health and safety project. The awards were officially presented to the winning companies and the winner of the bursary revealed at the MultiPrévention general assembly on April 20, 2018.
TC Transcontinental employees team up with The Dow Chemical Company for a unique educational session
In connection to TC Transcontinental’s ongoing commitment as a responsible corporate citizen, The Dow Chemical Company hosted a customized training at their headquarters in Freeport, Texas, for TC Transcontinental Packaging employees from four plants from its network: Transcontinental Robbie, Transcontinental Ultra Flex, Transcontinental Flexstar and Transcontinental Capri.
This educational and informative 2-day session delivered by field specialists sharing their expertise with TC Transcontinental’s employees allowed participants to learn more about a variety of topics. The agenda’s valuable content included an introduction into polyethylene and other specialty resins, packaging trends and design, adhesives and lamination, as well as broader discussions on innovation and sustainability. The team also had the privilege of touring Dow’s analytical labs and testing facilities that featured impressive packaging equipment. Passionate Dow trainers kept their audience engaged by also imparting their knowledge on packaging and market trends aligned with TC Transcontinental’s marketing research. The training also included a thought-provoking exposé on Dow’s commitment to sustainability through its RecycleReady technology.
TC Transcontinental joins the Jersey Day for Humboldt movement
In the wake of the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos Junior Hockey Team from Saskatchewan, TC Transcontinental joined the Jersey Day for Humboldt movement. In a show of solidarity and heartfelt compassion for all the families affected by this tragedy, our employees participated by wearing a hockey jersey to work on Thursday, April 12. See our album photo on Facebook for pictures of the day.
Workplace health, safety and wellness: everyone’s responsibility!
On January 29 and February 5, the members of the workplace Health, Safety and Wellness committee at the Saint-Hyacinthe plant organized a workplace health, safety and wellness event for all employees. The aim of the event was to share a wide range of information and put the focus on awareness. Employees were also able to take part in four workshops based on themes such as hand injuries, hearing protection, civility and WHMIS 2015 (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System).
“The participants really appreciated these days, and they shared their positive feedback on the evaluation questionnaire,” said Pierre Desautels, HSW Coordinator. “The members of the workplace Health, Safety and Wellness committee and the supervisors who organized and ran the workshops worked hard to create a quality event for their colleagues. And they succeeded in their mission.”
An excellent campaign for Centraide of Greater Montreal
TC Transcontinental maintains its unwavering commitment to Centraide of Greater Montreal, a cause particularly close to our heart for more than 30 years. In 2017, we donated $420,000 on behalf of TC Transcontinental and its employees. We sincerely thank our people for their great generosity.
Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board of Transcontinental Inc., is actively involved with Centraide of Greater Montreal. Starting in 2018, she will serve as Chair of the Major Donors’ Circle. In 2016, she co-chaired the Centraide of Greater Montreal campaign, one of the largest annual fund drives to break the cycle of poverty and social exclusion in a lasting way.
4th place in Canopy’s 2017 Blueline ranking
TC Transcontinental distinguished itself by maintaining its 4th position in Canopy’s Blueline ranking which profiles the sustainability performance of major players in North America’s printing industry. Canopy’s annual Blueline report ranks companies in the printing industry based on 32 key sustainability criteria highlighting sector leaders. This report is also intended to help consumers identify companies that protect the environment in their production process.
22nd position in the prestigious Corporate Knights 2017 ranking of the 50 most responsible corporate citizens in Canada
The company rose to the challenge once again, earning a place in the prestigious Corporate Knights ranking of the 50 most responsible corporate citizens in Canada for the 14th time. TC Transcontinental climbed in the ranking in 2017, moving from 40th position in 2016 to 22nd in 2017. The Corporate Knights ranking measures social and environmental performance as well as governance of Canadian companies.
We are convinced that the processes that we put forth are effective and that our diligent efforts to remain a strong, responsible corporate citizen enable us to distinguish ourselves in the industry. We remain focused on implementing our 2016-2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Plan in order to continue driving sustainable results.
Our employees support the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation
TC Transcontinental teams outdid themselves at the CHU Sainte-Justine’s 2017 Winter Triathlon by placing first in the “mixed competitive team” category and sixth in the “men’s participative team” category. The charitable sports challenge, which was held at Maisonneuve Park in Montréal, brought together more than 200 participants eager to help sick children.
A charitable fundraiser was organized within the company in conjunction with the sports challenge. This year, through the generosity of some 100 donors, we donated close to $11,000 to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation. The funds raised will be used to fund the future CHU Sainte-Justine Centre of Excellence in Neonatal Intensive Care. In six years of participation in the Winter Triathlon, TC Transcontinental and its employees have donated $77,500 to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation.
Women@TC: A unifying and enriching event
In order to achieve our objective of progressively moving to a more balanced gender representation in the workforce, we have adopted a gender diversity strategy that was deployed through numerous initiatives in 2017. Among them, we note the Women@TC event held in February, gathering over a hundred women leaders from all sectors of the organization, both from Canada and the United States. Managers were offered training on unconscious bias, and also had the opportunity to attend an enriching panel and conferences, to network and to further their development. As a follow-up to this event and to extend its benefits, we asked participants to support another woman in the organization by providing her with professional advice as part of the “Support for Success – Women@TC” program.
Supporting youth development
Our Transcontinental Capri packaging plant, based in Clinton, Missouri, decided to sponsor a school as part of its Building Sponsors program. At various times throughout the school year, the plant’s employees are invited to help out at the school such as by reading to young people, serving as mentors or tutors, lending a hand to teachers during school events, or providing the school with toiletries, school supplies or meals.
Robbie: Winner of Best Workplace in the Americas according to the Printing Industries of America (PIA) association
Our Transcontinental Robbie packaging plant, located in Lenexa, Kansas, received the 2016 “Best of the Best” Workplace in Americas award from PIA, recognizing outstanding human relations efforts that contribute to a successful workplace. These awards honour printing and graphic arts companies that foster high quality work environments for their employees.
The "Best of the Best" award underscores Transcontinental Robbie’s serious commitment to its employees by investing in their work environment and their development. A committee of human resources professionals evaluated submissions based on eight criteria: management practices, work environment, training and development, financial security, workplace health and safety, work-life balance, recognition and rewards, and health and wellness programs.
Energy efficiency initiatives
The ingenuity of our employees has once again been recognized as the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles—Québec’s department of energy and natural resources—granted us two major subsidies in 2016 to support energy efficiency projects. Transcontinental Interglobe, in Beauceville, received $340,175 in financial aid while Transcontinental Saint-Hyacinthe received a grant of $387,324 to carry out an energy recovery project.
By installing a heat exchanger at the outlet of the thermal incinerator, these plants utilize the recovered heat to heat their building and to supply the presses’ dryers with preheated air, thereby reducing their natural gas consumption. On an annual basis, this amounts to total potential natural gas savings of 1,330,000 m3, or $375,000, and thus a reduction of 2,582 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to some 522 fewer light vehicles on the roads every year.