Corporate Social Responsibility
At Hemmera, we have made a strong commitment to embrace our corporate responsibilities to our people, to the communities in which we live and work, and to the environment. These responsibilities are articulated in The Hemmera Way and form part of our corporate vision as “The Employer of Choice… for Employees of Choice”. They are, simply, part of the fabric of the company.
We are active participants in our communities, and we have declared community engagement as a core value within our corporate strategic plan.
Promoting Health and Sustainability
Our corporate responsibilities begin with valuing the individuals that make up Hemmera. The company supports a range of staff health and sustainability initiatives through our Health and Wellness Fund, a fund that is available to each staff member to help pay for “green” actions such as transit passes, to personal fitness activities, such as gym memberships and ski tickets.
Supporting Future Generations
We strongly promote environmental education, to inform and inspire upcoming generations toward environmental awareness and sustainability. Hemmera has built strong relationships with local and national universities and colleges to promote environmental education. Hemmera people make presentations to students and attend and contribute to environmental-education events. The company offers student employment opportunities through co-operative education plans that provide direct hands-on experience in the environmental consulting industry.
Hemmera is also a supporter of Robert Bateman’s “Get to Know” Program, an education initiative formed by the famous wildlife artist to bring Canada’s youth back in touch with nature.
Personal Contributions to Our Communities
In order to give back to the communities in which we live and work Hemmera staff members participate in many external events, in and outside of working hours. Our people provide fundraising, volunteerism, and environmental leadership in a number of campaigns and activities. The company coordinates an annual United Way Campaign and supports and participates in a number of community events including the Vancouver Sun Run, Canadian Breast Cancer Society’s Run for the Cure, Evergreen Earth Day clean ups, and Bowling for Big Brothers.
Every year, Hemmera increases its community support and engagement. We support a variety of groups and initiatives, both in time (pro bono work, executive positions on boards, association participation) and financially (through sponsorships, fundraising and donations). Examples include: Robert Bateman’s “Get to Know” Program, the BC Environment Industry Association, Science World Rejuvenation Committee, the Vancouver Board of Trade Sustainability Committee, National Brownfield Association (BC Chapter), YMCA of Greater Vancouver, and H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.