At TC Transcontinental, our desire to contribute to the development of sustainable business practices is firmly rooted in our values.
Over time and through our quest for long-term profitable growth, we have nurtured an integrated approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR). From our first Environmental Policy in 1993, to the 2012 update of our Paper Purchasing Policy and the release of our successive three-year CSR plans, we have shown, and continue to show, proven leadership in this regard. We are proud of the strides we have made and we intend to further our progress.
Our commitment is framed within a well-defined CSR governance structure. Our Steering Committee, comprised of members representing all our business sectors, defines priorities, establishes performance metrics and ensures the Corporation strives towards achieving its objectives by executing on its plans. Objectives and plans are approved by TC Transcontinental’s Executive Management Committee, which also closely monitors the execution of all initiatives. Moreover, we identify and strive to mitigate the financial, operational and reputational risks facing our Corporation through our Enterprise Risk Management process as reviewed by the Board’s Audit Committee.
We know that our stakeholders’ contribution is integral to our approach and to our continuity. Therefore, in 2018, we put in place a large-scale stakeholder consultation program on sustainability issues, as we had done in 2015. We surveyed our employees, suppliers, customers and investors to determine several social responsibility issues of interest to them. Our 2019-2021 CSR Plan entitled Acting Together unveils 11 specific and quantifiable targets, with respect to four axes. We are committed to publishing annual progress reports to disclose our data and outline our progression relative to established performance indicators.
- Our people
- Reduce the total incident rate (incidents per 200,000 worked hours) by 15% for our Printing and Packaging sectors
- Ensure at least 30% of female representation on the Board of Directors
- Have at least 3 women on the Executive Management Committee
- Reach 30% of women in executive and management positions
TARGET 3 Develop our talent
- Annual performance reviews to be completed for 100% of salaried employees
- Our operations
TARGET 4 Reduce our greenhouse gas emissions
- Reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 5%1
TARGET 5 Optimize waste management
- Aim for zero non-hazardous waste to landfill in our operating business units
TARGET 6 Ensure food safety and quality
- Obtain a GFSI-recognized food safety certification for all our direct-food contact packaging facilities
1 Refers to absolute emissions from Scope 1 (direct emissions from owned or controlled sources) and Scope 2 (indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy)
- Our products
TARGET 7 Promote the use of sustainable materials
- 100% of our paper purchases to come from third-party certified or recycled sources
- By 2025, achieve a 10% use of post-consumer recycled content on average by weight across all plastic packaging in our product offering
TARGET 8 Design for end-of-life
- By 2025, 100% of our plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable
TARGET 9 Focus on product research and development
- Invest at least 1% of our Packaging Sector’s annual revenues in research and development
- Our communities
TARGET 10 Invest in our communities
- Over 3 years, donate $5M in financial contributions, goods and services to organizations, projects and programs that support the communities in which we operate
TARGET 11 Foster employee engagement
- All business units to participate annually in at least one initiative making a positive impact in their community