2016-17 Sustainability Report
This is FCL’s fifth report on its sustainability and social responsibility efforts, highlighting its five pillars: Environmental Sustainability, Community Investment, Employee Engagement, Co-operative Leadership and Fiscal Responsibility. We have chosen to highlight some specific stories for you to better understand our efforts. See highlights from that past year below or read the full report.
Innovative field trials
Take a short drive northwest of Saskatoon and you’ll soon come across 15 acres of golden canola, wheat, soybeans and peas. Despite the pastoral setting, the educational signage may be your first indication that this isn’t your typical farming operation. It’s Co-op’s Innovation Field Trial Xtreme.
Co-op’s Innovation Field Trial Xtreme is a showcase of new technologies and innovations that help research responsible, sustainable solutions for growers.
A bright future
FCL is exploring the use of renewable energy to power facilities by investing in pilot projects, for example by using a solar array to power its Saskatoon Propane office. One system has been mounted on the building’s roof and another mounted on the ground. The two systems began operating in May 2017 and had produced over 10 per cent of the expected electricity output in their first month. Solar power will offset the majority of the power needed for the facility, ultimately reducing operating costs, with excess power delivered to SaskPower’s electrical grid. It is estimated this project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 34 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent annually, equal to taking six vehicles off the road. After analyzing the real world operational results of this pilot decisions will be made about how best to expand the use of renewable energy sources at other FCL facilities.
Becoming a caring company
In 2016, FCL contributed $9.8 million in cash and in-kind donations to charitable and non-profit organizations across Western Canada. Our commitment to making a difference in the communities where we operate resulted in FCL became an Imagine Canada Caring Company in 2017. As Canada’s oldest and leading corporate citizenship initiative, the Caring Company Program exists to celebrate the social impact of Canada’s corporate leaders. Counting more than 90 Canadian businesses as participants in the Caring Company Program, Imagine Canada recognizes each business achieving this status as a community investment role model that leads by example with its commitment to donate a minimum of one per cent of pre-tax profit to community organizations.
The Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC) supports many causes in Regina, Sask., to give back to the community in which it operates. For the past three years, the CRC has partnered with Sherwood Co-op on two annual initiatives where they each donate 10 cents per litre from fuel sales on a selected day.
In the spring, Litres for Little Ones raises funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Regina General Hospital. In the fall, Fuel Up 2 Feed raises funds for the Regina Food Bank. Over the past three years, the CRC and Sherwood Co-op have raised over $350,000 for these two causes.
FCL continues to build and support a culture of excellence in health and safety. The Health and Safety Department is developing corporate health and safety standards to be applied consistently across all FCL business units.
“These standards are used to guide operational health and safety plans and procedures, not only for our own employees and facilities but also for contractors coming on site,” said Cal Sarauer, Director of Health and Safety.
Signing safety partnership
In 2016, FCL signed a three-year strategic partnership agreement with Safe Saskatchewan. Safe Saskatchewan is a not-for-profit organization led by public, private, co-operative and non-profit partners. With most of FCL's employees working in Saskatchewan, it's important to participate in provincial initiatives such as the Mission: Zero campaign.
Co-operative governance is different from other governance models. Co-operatives are owned by a member community and have a democratic system of “one member, one vote.”
Elected retail co-operative directors representing the member community come from all walks of life and have various levels of board experience. When such diversity is paired with a unique governance model, an off-the-shelf director development program just isn’t going to cut it.
Co-operatives First supporting development
With support from FCL and the CRS, Co-operatives First has inspired community leaders, increased awareness of the co-operative business model and supported co-operative development in rural and Indigenous communities.
Through a proactive approach to community engagement, Co-operatives First reached about 4,000 rural and Indigenous community leaders and directly engaged over 1,000 of them by attending or hosting 51 events this year. A robust digital strategy – including using Facebook, Twitter, video advertising and regular blog posts has extended this reach even further, with millions of impressions and tens of thousands of engagements.
FCL is committed to acting with integrity in all of its business lines and in all aspects of its work. FCL acts responsibly in its relationships with all stakeholders, including retail co-operative member-owners, consumers, governments, regulatory agencies, business partners, suppliers, vendors and contractors. The organization is committed to conducting business in a way that ensures fair competition; it is honest and fair in all business dealings.