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Late in 2009, SAP Canada embarked on a search for innovative sustainability processes and practices within our client base.  The purpose was twofold:  to uncover best practice examples that could be shared and to highlight the great work that SAP customers are doing to increase the importance of sustainability as part of the business agenda.

Our partner on this journey was the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario (Ivey), which agreed to act as an independent adjudicator.

The “Sustainability in Business” awards were presented this week to the five winners at the SAP Sustainability in Business Summit.  Allison Johnson, a member of Ivey’s Marketing Faculty and administrator of the award adjudication process, was on hand to present the awards.  She noted that:

“Businesses are increasingly seeing the value of strong sustainability initiatives not only to contribute to their societies, but to drive their bottom line. In short we can do “good” and do well.  Awards based on presenting a compelling case and standing behind the value of the initiative, as in the Sustainability in Business Award, are an important source of information to end consumers, who want to support responsible businesses but need credible information about who those businesses are.”

Winners were divided into two categories…

Exemplars

Sustainability Exemplars are companies taking a leadership position for sustainability in their industry by integrating sustainability into the strategy of the company at a very high level.  As Allison noted, “Neither of our two winners in this category is in what you would call the most naturally sustainable industry, but they each have taken steps to do what they can to reduce their impact on the environment, to contribute to the societies in which they operate, to treat their employees well, and to take leadership in cleaning up their industries.”

The two winners in this category are:

 

Suncor Energy, Canada’s premier integrated energy company. While working to responsibly develop petroleum resources, Suncor is also developing a growing renewable energy portfolio including wind-generated electricity and biofuels, and investing heavily in the communities in which it operates.   Suncor’s use of information technology to enhance sustainability includes programs such as emissions management, reliability centered maintenance and green IT.

 

Royal Bank of Canada, Canada’s largest bank, with over 77,000 employees globally. Recently named one of the “Global 100: Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” by Corporate Knights magazine, RBC is widely recognized for its sustainability and CSR efforts.  Some of RBC’s key focus areas are employee business travel, paper reduction through process automation, and facilities energy use which includes a very large IT footprint.

Enablers

Sustainability Enablers are those that presented an outstanding and compelling story that involved enabling the economies of the future.  According to Allison:  “By enabling the sustainability of others’ industries these companies are supporting the economies of the future as well as making that enabler role a sustainable position for their own business models.”

The winners in this category are:

 

Celestica, which provides end-to-end product lifecycle solutions, leverages its expertise in design, engineering, supply chain management, and after-market services to help customers with services ranging from green design to responsible end-of-life management.

 

Diproinduca, an international environmental services company, was recognized for its programs around the purchase and conversion of industrial by-products and waste materials into worthwhile raw materials and feed stocks, as well as the processing of waste for environmentally acceptable disposal.

 

Stewardship Ontario,who was also on the event agenda, was recognized for its waste diversion programs for paper materials, packaging wastes and municipal hazardous and special waste.

 

Congratulations to each of these award winners!

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