As the official (and exclusive) newspaper of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition, the Globe and Mail has released the list of Canadian businesses that exceed expectations when it comes to being green.

Companies that made the cut have successfully incorporated sustainable thinking into all of their operations and planning, and have consequently been recognized as the best of the best that this country has to offer. Find out who made this year’s list and what it takes to be considered the greenest in all the land!

How are companies evaluated?

Companies who submitted an application to be considered as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers were assessed on various criteria which include:

  • Unique environmental initiatives and programs developed
  • Success in reducing environmental footprint
  • Degree to which employees are involved in sustainable practices (read more about how to get your staff on board with sustainability in the workplace)
  • Extent to which projects become linked to company’s public identity
  • Whether projects attracts new people to the organization

Who was on the list for 2013?

So, who are the greenest companies in Canada? Well, as it turns out, a number of the top companies being recognized for excellence in sustainability are household names such as: Accenture PLC, being recognized for procuring more than 10% of its office electricity from renewable energy;  Hewlett-Packard Canada Co., being recognized for its “Planet Partners” program, whereby the company recycles its original inkjet and laser cartridges as well as all brands of computer hardware and rechargeable batteries; and Home Depot Canada, celebrating the installation of rooftop solar systems at 63 of its Ontario store locations through the province’s feed-in-tariff program.

Many of the businesses mentioned have also been profiled by BizEnergy including the Fairmont Hotel and Resorts for having recently introduced a formal waste management program, and IKEA Canada, who in 2011, became the first major retailer to phase out the sale of incandescent light bulbs in favour of low-energy alternatives.

Find the entire list of winners on the Canada’s Top 100 Employer website.

Interested in applying for the 2014 competition?

According to the Canada’s Top 100 Employers website, any employer operating in Canada is eligible to be considered for the competition. There are no size conditions and companies may be either private or publically owned and operated. Businesses interested in applying should complete a single application for the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition which can be done here.

Not sure it’s worth the hassle? Topping the list has it’s benefits, says Laura Woo, Vice President of Finance and Administration of formerly recognized Vancouver-based Rescan/ERM. In a press release circulated on Newswire, Woo says that being recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers helped the company retain employees and grow the company in Canada.

Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of Canada’s Greenest Employers adds: “It’s clear that ‘going green’ isn’t a fad for Canadian employers. These organizations recognize that sustainability is more about changing mindsets than changing fashions, which can go in and out of style. It’s not just about being ‘good for business’ anymore – the industry leaders of tomorrow are building sustainability into their cultures today.”

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