Toronto – Measure, reduce, improve. These three simple steps helped Symcor Inc.'s Integrated Statement Services (ISS) group make real progress on environmental action in 2010, earning Symcor a place as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2011.
Published online and in The Globe and Mail, the list is determined through a rigorous selection process and recognizes organizations that incorporate environmental values into their culture.
Symcor is a North American leader in financial transaction processing with a track record of supporting environmental initiatives. The company received a prior award in April 2010 for Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company based on its "holistic strategy to address environmental impact." Efforts include reducing energy use and purchasing green energy; diverting waste from landfill; and achieving forestry chain of custody tri-certification.
"It’s our goal that the multiple efforts we’ve undertaken will result in an operation with little or no negative environmental impact on our planet," says Meegan Hinds, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the group.
Many of Symcor’s key “green” initiatives appealed to the judges and resulted in Symcor being selected as one of the winners this year. Symcor sponsors a project with Acres for the Atmosphere and the Toronto Zoo, whereby Symcor funds the planting of an acre of trees at the zoo. Planting trees is one of the most effective ways of drawing excess CO2 from the atmosphere and offsetting the effects of global warming. Last May, Symcor employees together with family and friends participated in a day of “Tree Planting” at the zoo, planting 435 trees in record time.
Symcor also builds a culture of environmental awareness among employees with such initiatives as a yearly 20-minute makeover, where employees pick up garbage outside their locations; a yearly Eco Fair promoting environmental topics; reusable mugs; a "green idea" contest during Earth Week; recycling stations; toner recovery; and office paper reduction.
An environmental committee helps promote environmental best practices at home and at work, researching and introducing initiatives that help the company and its employees reduce their carbon footprint. The Mississauga printing operations are powered by Bullfrog Power's renewable energy investment program and the site has earned Level 2 certification in the leading environmental certification program for commercial buildings, BOMA BESt.
"The ISS environmental committee has worked hard to make a difference, and it is a major achievement to receive this award," says Murali Dorai, Vice President, National Operations, ISS.
For more details on the selection of Symcor and other companies as Canada's Greenest Employers, see www.canadastop100.com/environmental
Symcor Inc. is one of North America’s largest financial processing companies, providing the infrastructure services for transactions involving cheques, lockboxes and credit cards, as well as statement-to-payment services. Symcor’s processing services bridge the paper and electronic environments, enabling customers to cost-effectively streamline operations. Employees across our North American operation are dedicated to helping our customers achieve success in their markets. Corporate offices are located in Toronto, Ontario and Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit http://www.symcor.com
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