About the Corporate Citizen Award:
The Corporate Citizen Award recognizes a large business (500+ employees) who has sustained a long-term commitment to investing in the community in which it operates.
Finalist: Bruce Power
Industry: Nuclear Energy
About: Bruce Power is Canada’s first private nuclear generator, providing 30 per cent of Ontario’s power. Bruce Power has 4,200 full-time, highly-skilled employees across the province, with over 90 per cent of employees owning a part of the company. Bruce Power injects billions into Ontario’s economy, while producing safe energy with zero carbon emissions.
How has Bruce Power demonstrated sustained and long-term commitment towards its community?
Bruce Power positively impacts Bruce, Grey and Huron counties through many ways, whether it be through its Sponsorship Program, high school and post-secondary scholarships, Aboriginal and physician recruitment programs and safety and environment initiatives. Every year, Bruce Power donates more than $1.3 million to community organizations and events as parts of their sustained, long-term commitment towards improving the quality of life in their community.
Finalist: Vale Canada Inc.
Industry: Mining Services
About: Vale is one of the world’s largest mining companies and its global Base Metals division is headquartered in Toronto. Its Ontario Operations is one of the largest integrated mining complexes in the world and produces nickel, copper, cobalt, platinum group metals, gold and silver.
How has Vale Canada Inc. demonstrated sustained and long-term commitment towards its community?
Vale employs approximately 4,000 people in Sudbury and supports thousands more in the local mining service and supply industry. The organization has invested more than $25 million in a number of local charities and non-profit organizations to enhance the quality of life in a meaningful way. Vale’s $1 billion Clean AER (Atmospheric Emissions Reduction) Project is the single largest environmental investment in Sudbury’s history. This project will result in an 85 per cent reduction in sulphur dioxide emissions, and a 40 per cent reduction in particulate and greenhouse gas emissions. This is an important change for the Sudbury community and further demonstrates Vale’s solid commitment to the communities they operate in.
“At Bruce Power we are continuously investing in our people and our plants to stay on the leading edge of safety and innovation. Together we are working to create clean, affordable electricity at a price that will help Ontario businesses stay competitive and help Ontario families build a better future.”
Mike Rencheck, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Power
“The success of Vale’s Ontario Operations comes from generations of employees that have strived to build one of the largest integrated nickel mining complexes in the world that we can all be proud of for our shareholders, for our families and for our communities.”
Stuart Harshaw, Vice-President of Vale’s Ontario Operations