Recipients of this award demonstrate exceptional sustainability leadership and operations.
The Coopérative has become renowned in the field of natural product distribution, namely because it distributes more than one hundred natural and organic product lines throughout Quebec, but also because it acts as a partner that believes in Quebec businesses. Our selection criteria are strict: product quality, the origin of foods, and their impact, both locally and across Quebec. Our sales and merchandising team is devoted to the promotion of organic products and our average growth of 10% over the last 20 years clearly indicates that we will be present for many years to come. Coop Alentour is proud to have partnered from the very beginning with successful businesses such as Evive Smoothie (carbon-neutral company), Cuisine Angélique (organic, healthy eating business fulfilling a need), and Purpop, to name but a few. These businesses all aim to participate in healthy, natural eating and to positively impact the community. Beyond contributing to the success of Quebec businesses, the Coopérative created a sustainable development committee made up of employees who implement eco-friendly initiatives. For example, the organization now sorts all its waste and encourages composting. Bins are available throughout the Coopérative’s 3 divisions. What’s more, the company has committed to continuous improvement for its members by setting goals in terms of reducing residual material. To reach these goals, the company has retained the services of ADDERE, a consulting firm that supervises and guides its efforts. The Coopérative combats food waste through its partnership with Frigo Free, a food redistribution organization to which it gives unsold products. Finally, the Coopérative seeks to support its employees through the implementation of employee retention measures. These include work-family and work-study balance as well as a measure for employees who also play the role of caregivers.
Congratulations to Nature's Path / Que Pasa!
Congratulations to New Chapter!
In 1986, founder Eldon Dahl established the Nutraceutical line named Your Choice, which a few years later, evolved into Life Choice®. Life Choice was founded with a commitment to provide the natural health industry and its clientele with supplements of the finest quality.Still owned and operated by the founder, the company’s original commitment remains unchanged today.Life Choice considers the local health food store to be the very core of the natural health industry, and makes their products exclusively available to health stores and naturopathic doctors.Life Choice and its employees are also committed to sustainability.From a zero-waste policy, to carpooling, Life Choice is working to reduce their footprint.They have installed solar panels and use energy efficient bulbs to reduce energy use and are committed to supporting their community’s environmental activities.Life Choice employees are shopping local,supporting local businesses, participating in localtrade shows, supporting local initiatives, and advertising in local papers.
Congratulations to PRANA!
Manitoba Harvest sponsors local events in Winnipeg & Ste Agathe. The month of December is volunteer month, where employees will have the opportunity to spend time at local organizations helping in the community. In 2017, the team participated in many local community events supporting Health and Wellness which aligns with our company values. Examples include: mud runs, MS bike tour, event supporting Parkinsons. Team Members also have the ability to contribute a portion of their pay stubs to United Way. In the past, the company has also won a United Way award. The Manitoba Harvest Team has also won a United Way award.