Our Commitment To
Safety And The Environment
Maple Leaf is committed to environmental responsibility and continuous reduction of our consumption of non-renewable resources and waste generation. This is supported by a comprehensive Environmental Program designed to continuously seek ways to reduce our impact on the environment, and maintain strong environmental compliance.
The Environment, Health and Safety Committee of the Board oversees our performance, with regular direct reports from the Vice President, Environmental Affairs. The President of each business unit is responsible for sound environmental management and many conduct monthly environmental meetings.
We have completed over 400 environmental projects at various facilities covering areas such as air emissions, waste water control and waste management and reduction in the past three years. Maple Leaf Foods has reduced its energy consumption by more than 23% since 2001.
Maple Leaf Foods also participates in the American Meat Institute (AMI) environmental recognition program. Two of its facilities, Rothsay in Dundas, Ontario and Maple Leaf Consumer Foods in Brandon, Manitoba received Tier 2 environmental awards from the AMI in 2009 and the Maple Leaf Consumer Foods facility in Kitchener, Ontario received a Tier 1 award.
Maple Leaf is also actively engaged in customer environmental initiatives and the Carbon Disclosure Project, which is sponsored by a consortium of global investors and designed to understand corporations’ greenhouse gases management strategies.
Maple Leaf Foods is dedicated to the elimination of occupational injuries in all of our facilities. While a challenging goal, it is something we strive for every day.
We track all reportable injuries, the most stringent industry standard which compiles statistics on any injury where a physician is consulted. Our average is significantly better than the industry as a whole. Our commitment to Health and Safety has resulted in a 35% improvement in reportable injuries and a 55% improvement in lost time due to injury since 2003.
The Environment, Health and Safety Committee of the Board of Directors oversees performance and receives reports at least three times each year. These reports cover both injury frequency for all operations and measurable improvements in Occupational Health and Safety management systems.
We are committed to providing high standards of recruiting, ongoing training, and protective equipment to provide the safest possible working environment for our people. There are currently 18 employees with a professional Health and Safety designation at Maple Leaf. We fully support, and encourage, continuing education and, as a result the number of employees with a professional designation grows every year.
No injury is acceptable and we place a lot of emphasis on training and supervision. Comprehensive training and enforcement of policies and procedures for both supervisory and hourly employees is the backbone of our program. Along with many other training programs we have developed a comprehensive hazard recognition and control program, which is offered to supervisors and Joint Health & Safety Committee members. Over 2000 employees have received this training since its inception in 2003. The training is offered several times a year in all regions.
Maple Leaf Foods is committed to complying to the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Learn more.
Our Environmental Commitment
Maple Leaf Foods, a major Canadian and global food products company, has an organizational commitment to responsible and sustainable growth. We believe that minimizing the environmental impact of our activities, while providing quality products that meet the needs of consumers, is fundamental to the successful growth of our business and to the general welfare of communities in which we operate.
In support of our commitment, Maple Leaf Foods and its subsidiaries will:
- Assure sound environmental management by requiring visible leadership and accountability at all levels of our organization.
- Require our operations to meet or exceed applicable laws and regulations, company commitments and standards.
- Educate our employees on the environmental policy and environmental protection principles.
- Seek ways to continuously improve discharges to land, water and air, conserve resources, and recycle and reuse materials.
- Set and monitor environmental performance goals throughout the organization.
- Include environmental matters in strategic planning, including changes or additions to operations.
- Work with the communities in which we operate and all levels of government to ensure that management and employees are sensitive and responsive to local environmental concerns.
- Regularly review to update our environmental commitment and programs.
Protecting our natural environment is everyone’s responsibility and must be part of how we conduct our business. Each one of us needs to do our part to ensure Maple Leaf Foods meets that challenge.
Michael H. McCain
President and CEO
Maple Leaf Foods Inc.