At Hemmera, we embrace our corporate responsibilities to our people, to the communities where we live and work, and to the environment. These responsibilities are part of the fabric of the company. We are active participants in our communities, and contribute to many worthy causes.
Personal Contributions to our Communities
Hemmera staff members participate in many external events, inside and outside of working hours. In addition to our annual United Way campaign, Hemmera supports and participates in a number of community events, including the Vancouver Sun Run and Bowling for Big Brothers.
The United Way
Hemmera commits $5,000 annually to our United Way campaign. In 2007, Hemmera won the Quantum Leap Participation Award for raising $20,000, with over 90% staff involvement.
Vancouver Sun Run
Every year, the Hemmera team takes part in the Vancouver Sun Run, Canada’s largest community run, in support of children’s literacy programs around BC. Hemmera supports and sponsors the team.
Bowl for Big Brothers
Hemmera has a long tradition of participating in the annual Bowl for Big Brothers campaign, and we are proud to support Big Brothers’ vision of ensuring that every child who needs a mentor has one.
Supporting Future Generations
Hemmera promotes environmental education, and aims to inform and inspire upcoming generations toward environmental awareness and sustainability. Hemmera offers student employment opportunities through co-operative education plans that provide direct hands-on experience. Our people also make presentations to students and attend environmental education events.
Sustainability is one of Hemmera’s core values; we promote sustainability both within our operations and with our clients and partners. Throughout the year, Hemmera supports a range of initiatives to encourage sustainable business practices.
Hemmera’s Environment Committee
Our staff-driven Environment Committee works to minimize, track, and report on Hemmera’s environmental footprint, with a focus on our use of energy and water, production of waste, and greenhouse gas emissions. The committee’s tactics combine policy and procedural implementation, staff engagement and awareness campaigns, and environmental performance reporting.
Environmentally Conscious Commuting
Hemmera is a keen participant in Canada’s annual Commuter Challenge and BC’s semi-annual Bike to Work Week. These events encourage staff to leave their cars at home and chose a more environmentally sustainable method of transportation to get to the office. We engage staff by hosting cycling workshops, awarding prizes, and encouraging competition between Hemmera’s offices. Many of our staff rise to the challenge and maintain these choices year round by cycling, walking, taking public transit, or telecommuting on a regular basis.
Hemmera's Partnership with SFU's Centre for Wildlife Ecology
Hemmera partnered with Simon Fraser University's Centre for Wildlife Ecology on many studies for Port Metro Vancouver's Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project, and there will likely be opportunities to collaborate with the Centre on future work that requires complex design, analyses, or issues of notable conservation concern.