REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2012) - As Farm Credit Canada (FCC) employees lead a huge cross-Canada food drive to help fight hunger, FCC released its second annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) report. The report measures CSR performance for the 2011-12 fiscal year and features stories about how FCC is making a difference.
"At FCC, we're committed to having a positive impact on Canadian agriculture, local communities, our customers, employees and the environment," says FCC President and CEO Greg Stewart. "We take our corporate social responsibility role very seriously. It's part of who we are and how we operate as a business. Our CSR activities support our business strategy and help position FCC for long-term success."
Entitled "Steady steps forward," the report also profiles 2011-12 accomplishments in each of FCC's five CSR focus areas:
- Agriculture and food - More than 11,000 people benefited from FCC learning events that share knowledge with customers and the industry.
- Community - FCC, along with business and community partners, collected more than 2.4 million pounds of food for food banks across the country through FCC Drive Away Hunger.
- Customers - FCC helped customers facing difficult times (e.g. natural disaster, critical illness, fire or farm accident) through the FCC Ag Crisis Fund.
- Employees - FCC was recognized as a national winner in Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ program.
- Environment - FCC launched FCC Think Green, an internal environmental footprint reduction program, and recruited internal green champions to help implement the program.
"Our commitment to corporate social responsibility means being socially responsible and it also shows our accountability to our stakeholders," adds Stewart. "We support our customers in good times and through challenges. We give back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work. We focus on making FCC a great place for our employees. When you get right down to it, being a good corporate citizen makes good business sense. It's a big reason why almost two-thirds of our customers give FCC five out of five for customer service and 95 per cent of employees say that FCC is socially and environmentally responsible."
The report also helps set direction for the corporation's future CSR strategy.
"CSR reporting isn't just about celebrating what we're doing right. It's also about identifying what we can do better," explains FCC Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Brenda Stasuik. "While we're leading the way in how we positively impact our customers and Canadian agriculture, we're also taking new steps to reduce our environmental footprint. That's why we're focused on setting greenhouse gas reduction targets and on measuring our current corporate waste management practices. This report will help us drive change as we continue to advance the business of agriculture and strive to make a positive difference for our customers, employees, communities and the planet."
Visit www.fcc.ca/csrreport to view the full CSR report and a larger version of the infographic (above).
As Canada's leading agriculture lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of $24 billion and 19 consecutive years of portfolio growth, FCC is strong and stable - committed to serving the industry through all cycles. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. FCC employees are passionate about agriculture and committed to the success of customers and the industry. For more information, visit www.fcc.ca.