La Coop fédérée, which strives to be responsible and to adhere to principle of sustainable development, implements methods to reduce its environmental footprint and risks created by its operations. To do this, La Coop fédérée makes the following commitments to ensure that its activities are environmentally friendly.
Distribution of the Environmental Policy:
La Coop fédérée distributes its environmental policy to all its employees and managers and encourages its member cooperatives, partners, associates, and joint ventures to comply with it.
Enforcement of the Environmental Policy:
La Coop fédérée ensures that the Environmental Policy is enforced and publishes an annual report on the environmental situation of La Coop fédérée for the Board of Directors.
La Coop fédérée implements measures and controls to comply with applicable laws, environmental regulations, and other requirements and takes appropriate action to prevent pollution.
All La Coop fédérée’s facilities, in full ownership or partnership, undergo environmental compliance audits in all Canadian provinces.
Environmental consultants use audit protocols based on the respective province’s regulations and the company’s internal requirements.
A report including an environmental compliance registry is provided to the visited facility’s managers so that they can take any necessary corrective action to protect the environment, be a respectful neighbour, and maintain the facilities’ financial health.
ASSESSMENTS AND REPORTS
La Coop fédérée regularly assesses the activities carried in its facilities.
The results of these assessments (compliance with environmental laws and regulations, environmental incidents, complaints, etc.) are regularly disclosed to management and the Board of Directors to document the evolution of the company’s environmental performance and the required improvement and risk management actions.
The Environmental Department uses an integrated environmental management system that centralizes data from various audits that its consultants conduct.
Environmental management dashboards, compliance statistics, and environmental compliance summary tables are produced to keep site managers, business unit leaders, executives, and directors apprised of the company’s environmental situation, to gauge changes in environmental compliance, and to facilitate exercising accountability for managers and directors.
ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
La Coop fédérée implements and maintains emergency preparedness plans to respond appropriately to environmental incidents and reduce environmental and financial risks.
Environmental emergency plans are created jointly by environmental consultants and facility managers. These plans include the locations of emergency equipment at the facility, as well as the appropriate response steps and information concerning emergency management logistics.
This makes disaster response prompter and more efficient.
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF ACQUISITIONS AND INVESTMENTS
La Coop fédérée conducts environmental assessments of the companies, joint ventures, activities, and goods that it plans to acquire or start.
Major investments undergo an assessment that allows the company to measure the environmental impact of its purchasing or acquisition decisions.
In transactions involving real estate, an environmental site assessment is mandatory as part of La Coop fédérée’s environmental due diligence practices.
La Coop fédérée implements employee and manager training programs on environmental management and prevention of environmental risks inherent to its members and their activities. It also provides on-the-job training for employees involved in high-risk operations.
Environmental management and sustainable development training is regularly given to various facility managers from different business units of both La Coop fédérée and joint-venture partners.
Furthermore, as part of the implementation of environmental management systems, on-the-job training is provided to those responsible for the operations of the various facilities with potential environmental impacts.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT RESOURCES AND TOOLS
La Coop fédérée is progressively implementing an environmental management system (EMS) at its high-risk facilities. This EMS involves the use of standardized management tools (procedures, self-assessments, guides, etc.) tailored to the intended sites’ operations. These tools are also available for all other facilities and are saved on the company’s intranet.
To effectively maintain environmental compliance in high-risk facilities and to continually improve business practices, La Coop fédérée’s Environmental Department is progressively implementing an environmental management system based on ISO 14001. With on-the-job training and the use of operational procedures and various self-monitoring tools, employees responsible for potentially risky environmental operations stay aware of the appropriate best practices for controlling potential impacts related to the various identified environmental factors.
RELATIONSHIP WITH CITIZENS
Where possible, La Coop fédérée takes the necessary steps to ensure good neighbour relations with citizens who may be affected by its activities and operations.
La Coop fédérée works to minimize the impacts of its activities on its neighborhoods and strives to maintain healthy relationships with the local communities.
With this approach in mind, the “Good Neighborhood Assistance Guide” was published to provide tools for understanding our neighbours’ concerns and maintaining strong relationships with them.