Grand & Toy recently released its seventh annual Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) highlighting progress across several key areas including recycling and green product initiatives and reductions in 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,” says 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 most important sustainability initiatives, as uncovered by a 2014 key stakeholder survey.
Highlights and noteworthy sustainability achievements include:
- 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 more effectively, as well as a “Greener Office” page to encourage environmentally conscious purchasing practices. Sales of green products increased to 24 per cent of total sales, up four per cent since 2014.
- 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, a vast improvement over the 50,000 recycled in 2014. Also, other Zero Waste Boxes were introduced to help customers recycle the “unrecyclable,” including office supplies, personal protective equipment and computer accessories.
- Due to streamlining of operations, the greenhouse gas footprint of Grand & Toy facilities decreased 12 per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year, and 52 per cent since 2010. Waste sent to landfills also continued to decline, with a 14 per cent decrease since 2014.
- 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.