September 26, 2016
by PurchasingB2B Staff
TORONTO—Grand & Toy has released its seventh annual Corporate Sustainability Report, (CSR). The report highlights progress across several key areas including recycling and green product initiatives, including the reduction of waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
“Our CSR strategy and industry-leading programs have allowed us to make a real impact on the environment and in our communities,” said Serguei Tchertok, sustainability manager at Grand & Toy. “Grand & Toy’s approach to corporate citizenship creates a ripple effect, and we could not be more proud of the sustainability progress achieved by all Grand & Toy employees, customers and suppliers.”
The 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report provides an overview of Grand & Toy’s efforts around the company’s sustainability initiatives, as uncovered by a 2014 key stakeholder survey. Highlights and noteworthy sustainability achievements include:
- Green Products: In 2015, Grand & Toy launched a green products classification program, assigning products a light, mid or dark green shade depending on their environmental attributes. The company created a dedicated “Go Green” page to allow customers to search green products, as well as, a “Greener Office” page to encourage environmentally conscious purchasing practices. Sales of green products have increased to 24 percent of total sales, up 4 per cent since 2014.
- Waste and Recycling: The 2014 TerraCycle K-cup recycling pilot project was rolled out nationally in 2015 resulting in 270,000 recycled coffee capsules by Grand & Toy and its customers, an improvement over the 50,000 recycled in 2014. Other Zero Waste Boxes were introduced to help customers recycle the “unrecyclable” including: office supplies, personal protective equipment and computer accessories.
- Performance Highlights: Through streamlining of operations, the greenhouse gas footprint of Grand & Toy facilities decreased 12 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, and 52 percent since 2010. Waste sent to landfills also continued to decline with a 14 percent decrease since 2014.
- Social Sustainability: In 2015, Grand & Toy launched a new volunteer program called “Pause and Affect” where every associate is provided eight paid hours per year to participate in volunteer activities. Grand & Toy employees contributed 577 hours of volunteering across Canada in 2015.