Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rideau’s Engagement With Earth Day!

Rideau believes in corporate social responsibility, in fact, we were the first recognition company to sign up for the United Nations Global Compact back in 2005.

The UN Global Compact helps businesses align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. This alignment is especially important in today’s era of globalization. It’s objective is to try and ensure there is an even and just playing field all over the world.

Obviously, the environment plays a huge role and I’m proud of the efforts my Rideau colleagues undertook to celebrate Earth Day under the leadership of our own in-house environmentalist Marion Dulude and her team across the company.

In Canada, we had information kiosks on ecological footprints, fair trade and community supported agriculture, gardening and composting, eco-friendly home cleaning products and recycling. We also enjoyed some delicious fair trade chocolate and fruity treats… my favorite was the chocolate coated coffee beans! At the same time, employees could support Rideau’s fight against Cancer by purchasing a beautiful flower pot of daffodils!

Our US colleagues under the direction of team leader Rob Collier sent a crew down to the waterfront in Plattsburgh to help with the Earth Day clean up. At first, it was not looking good for Rideau USA as it was pouring rain. However, the rain moved through and it turned into a beautiful morning.

The Rideau team was amazing… they cleaned under bridges, in the woods, by the railroad tracks along the Lake Champlain waterfront. We were the only company that showed up and our help was very much appreciated by the members of the Adirondack Mountain Club who were responsible for the event.

Employee engagement is not just about the workplace. True engagement makes our planet a better place to live.