Environmental Policy

Environmental PolicyAccording to The Report of the Brundtland Commission, the definition of sustainable development is: "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’’.

We recognize that implementation of sustainable development is a shared responsibility, in which each player plays an important role. This is why awareness of our staff and our key partners is a key element of our policy.

Our environmental policy includes the social, environmental, economic and ethical considerations.

 

General

  • All our staff and our key partners are aware of sustainable development. We demand that they follow our training.

 

Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • When possible, we use public transportation. For example, we take the subway for our frequent trips to downtown Montreal.

  • Carpooling is also common. In addition to reducing costs, this option is green.

  • We use a lot of "conference calls" to meet our clients. The "go-to-meetings" are particularly appreciated by our customers.

  • Employees, who are located within 10 km of the office, work in our office. Others work from home, with occasional visits to the office.

 

Waste Management

  • A collection point is located within walking distance of the office, so that all employees can drop off items no longer of service to them, such as shoes, clothing, books, toys and even eyeglasses that are recovered for the less fortunate.

  • All staff deposit in the recycling bin, all recyclable materials.

  • Office supplies (paper, folders, etc.) are reused, then recycled.

  • Paper, cardboard and plastic are recycled.

  • We reduce our paper consumption.

    • We use email for mass mailings, and use the printer only when necessary.

    • E-mails are printed only when needed, limiting the amount of paper used.

    • Most of the time, the employees read and make corrections on screen.

    • The printers are configured to use both sides of the paper by default, and stop automatically printing confirmations for every fax that is sent.

    • We go paperless at meetings by sending out documents electronically and recommending the use of a projector.

    • Employees subscribe to newspapers and magazines in electronic format.

  • The papers printed on one side are first used as notepads before being recycled.

  • Employees reduce at the source by bringing their own cups or other reusable containers to work.

  • No plastic cups or utensils are used in the dining room.

 

Hazardous Materials Management

  • There is, for employee usage, a collection bin for recycling different types of hazardous materials that are commonly used in the office:

    • Batteries

    • Ink cartridges

    • Aerosols

    • Electronic Equipment

  • Obsolete computer hardware is granted a second life; it is given to a charitable organization.

 

Energy Consumption

  • The office is heated and lit by electricity generated by water (hydro electricity).

  • All lights must be turned off, with the exception of emergency lights, upon leaving the office at night or on weekends.

  • Furthermore, heating is lowered by 3 degrees Celsius at night during the winter.

  • We use energy-saving light bulbs.

  • Compact fluorescent bulbs are used for office lighting.

  • We provide an efficient management of lighting (eg when a room is not in use; lights must be turned off).

  • We always look for the Energy Star logo in order to buy electronic devices that consume less energy.

  • Electronic devices are closed when not in use and we avoid sleep mode for long periods.

  • Photocopiers are placed on energy saving mode when not in use.

 

Water Consumption

  • Employees consume tap water.

 

Responsible Purchasing

  • Products sold in bulk or in large quantities are favored to those sold individually, thus reducing the amount of required packaging.

  • We avoid, whenever possible, over-packaged products or with non-recyclable packaging.

  • We encourage the purchase of Fair Trade, organic or locally produced products.

  • We avoid purchasing equipment that are not needed to carry out our tasks.

  • In addition, orders are placed once a month (except in the event of an emergency) in order to prevent providers from having to make unnecessary trips.

 

Human Resources

  • There is no discrimination in the office. It is not tolerated by Terranova.

  • Terranova offers a stimulating and challenging work environment, where people feel valued and consulted.

  • Terranova supports access to leisure and relaxation, as well as work-family balance.

  • Terranova provides rewarding jobs for employees, at the height of their powers.

  • Terranova supports the development and continuing education of its employee.

 

Community Relationship

  • Terranova values the relations with its community.

  • Terranova supports charitable organizations, as a sponsor of and by the means of donations.

 

Workplace Ethics

At Terranova, ethic is not declared. Ethic is applied.

  • The rules and principles derived from codes of ethics in our field are applied.

  • We respect the guidelines on confidentiality and protection of personal information of customers, suppliers and employees of our organization.

  • Employees of Terranova are transparent, honest and possess integrity in their oral and written communications.

  • We show respect and courtesy to our colleagues, customers and suppliers, to promote healthy relationships in the workplace.