Building a Strong Foundation Through Corporate Engagement
2018 was another great year for community tree planting and environmental restoration. We’re thankful for the support from our amazing corporate partners.
Together with Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF), we developed a more robust corporate employee engagement program that integrates with our partners’ own Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. We work with each partner to find the best way for them to give back to the community and the local environment. CSR programs have become critical components of many business operations. We celebrate this and want to help our corporate partners support the communities where they live, work and play.
Working with us, our corporate partners supported their communities, engaged their employees and strengthened their internal teams, all while doing important environmental work.
This year we worked with 19 companies across the Credit River Watershed. Corporate volunteers helped us plant native trees and shrubs, make native pollinator seed balls, remove invasive species, create habitat, and enhance trails and more.
Together, we made an impact! Through 16 corporate events, 19 corporations contributed approximately 2,100 hours of time to boost nature. In total more than 700 volunteers were able to:
- Plant approximately 3,100 native trees and shrubs
- Make 600 wildflower seed balls to support pollinators
- Remove approximately 7,000 square feet of invasive buckthorn (that’s the size of one and a half NBA basketball courts)
- Maintain over 1,600 square feet of trails (the size of a small home)
- Restored more than five acres of land
A special thanks to UPS Canada who generously donated $100,000 to CVC’s tree planting program. Their donation supports the UPS global pledge to plant 15 million trees around the world by 2020. Alectra Utilities, Biogen and Enbridge Gas Distribution also generously supported our community tree planting program. Together, we planted over 10,000 trees in communities across the watershed!
Corporations participating in 2018 engagement events:
- Alectra Utilities
- Applied Systems Inc.
- Arterra Wines Canada
- Biogen Inc.
- Canon Canada
- CHEP Canada
- Four Seasons Sunrooms
- GEMS Environmental Services
- Hossack & Associates Architects
- Kruger Products
- Loblaw Companies Ltd.
- PCL Construction
- Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc.
- The Co-operators Group Ltd.
- Staples Business Advantage
- TD Tree Days
- UPS Canada
- Urbantech Consulting
As we move into 2019, we’re planning even more opportunities to help local businesses engage employees in meaningful environmental work. To learn more about the opportunities for impactful corporate partnerships or to participate in an event, please connect with us.