At Domtar, we take our sustainability efforts to heart. So when Earth Day comes along each year, we celebrate all week long by focusing on ways that our communities can give back to our planet. Earth Week 2018 will be full of opportunities for our colleagues and their families to celebrate by reconnecting with the natural resources that make our lives and jobs possible.
Our dedication to sustainability and social responsibility is woven into everything we do. In fact, sustainability is one of our three pillars of giving, along with literacy and health and wellness. These pillars define what corporate social responsibility looks like within our company.
The EarthChoice Ambassador program is composed of colleagues who devote time and energy to promoting sustainable practices that focus on our customers, employees, company and community. By identifying and sharing innovative manufacturing methods, educating and encouraging sustainable habits, and leading by example, EarthChoice Ambassadors (ECAs) embody our sustainability message throughout the organization.
“The EarthChoice Ambassador program was established to gather volunteers and make a difference within the walls of Domtar, but what I’m finding is the program makes a difference in our employees’ lives and our communities as well,” says Heather Stowe, Domtar’s corporate social responsibility manager. “An interesting development since the creation of this program has been the effect it has on our employees’ career paths. I’ve witnessed firsthand how being an active member in this program has truly cultivated talents and transformed employees into leaders within our company and in our communities, which not only benefits our employees but also our company.”
Take a look at what ECAs accomplished in 2017:
Earth Week 2018
This year, our eighth year of participation in Earth Week, 26 ECA teams in 4 countries will join in various EarthChoice Ambassador events, including:
- Planting trees and gardening in community gardens and parks
- Holding recycling or textile drives
- Hosting lunch-and-learn events that focus on local agriculture
- Cleaning up local highways and streets
- Conducting reading events at schools in coordination with First Book
This is also the time of year where we ask our colleagues what their own EarthChoices are, at work or at home. An EarthChoice is any act that benefits the planet or a community.
Watch this brief video to see which EarthChoices our Domtar colleagues are making this year. How are you celebrating Earth Week 2018? What EarthChoices do you make? Share your story on twitter: @DomtarEveryday.