Chosen as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2013:
By Richard Yerema and Julien Gagnier, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors
(Apr 21, 2013)
Some of the reasons why Siemens Canada Limited was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2013):
recently announced that it was exiting the nuclear energy business (will no longer accept new contracts in this area) internationally and continues to lead the industry in the development of renewable energy technologies
the firm has also introduced a new line-of-business, namely infrastructure and city development towards the development of sustainable cities of tomorrow -- and recently released the "US and Canada Green City Index" to measure and compare major North American cities progress towards sustainable development
employees recently celebrated Earth Day across the country by partnering with Tree Canada to plant over 1,000 trees and help clean-up their local communities
recently implemented a Sustainability program, which is led by an in-house Sustainability Council that is chaired by the President and CEO of Siemens Canada and includes all nine members of the executive management team
the Canadian head office has implemented a waste reduction policy, which includes ensuring that all food services use only recyclable materials such as plates, utensils for example and across the company, the formal "Ways of Working" telecommuter program encourages head office and other qualifying employees to work from home for up to two days each week to reduce their carbon emissions by eliminating unnecessary driving
the company has also implemented a number of energy saving initiatives, including: the reduction of its power consumption by 40 percent through the installation of energy saving lighting plants and warehouses; the shift to LED signage (reducing sign power consumption by 94 percent); and the installation of building automation controls and lighting sensors where possible
recently implemented an online "New Hire" portal that lets newly hired employees access their documents and sign employment contracts online, rather than receiving up to 100 pages of paper in the mail
employees recently volunteered their time to repair used company laptops and donated over 100 refurbished units to a local charitable organization, the Hamilton Association for Residential and Recreational Redevelopment Program (HARRRP)
the company is applying its considerable expertise in designing and manufacturing technology for tomorrow, including: a new manufacturing facility in Tillsonburg, Ontario that manufactures blades for large wind turbines; involvement in two "eCar" pilot projects (one in Ontario and one in Quebec) to assist in the development of electric cars and the manufacture of "eCar" charging stations; and the manufacture of large scale solar inverters used in solar panel farms around the world
the parent company also has an established global procurement strategy incorporating environmental considerations as part of the purchase of products and services -- and each of its regional companies worldwide is responsible for complying with the requirements
Major Canadian hiring locations: Calgary AB, Tillsonburg ON, Mississauga ON, Burlington ON, Markham ON, Peterborough ON, Pickering ON, Montréal QC.
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