Active International scores 91% in employee satisfaction for 2nd consecutive year

Posted by Kimberly Presnail

A businesses greatest asset is its people, and that’s certainly the case for Active International in Toronto.  With such a unique business model, our operation is far from an automated machine.  Each step of our trading process is handled with care, and depends on a talented, engaged team of people to transform a smart concept into measurable value.

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Work from home tips: When our corporate disaster recovery plan became reality

Posted by Kimberly Presnail

Working from home is often seen as a nice to have option for many Canadian businesses.  But what happens during an emergency when that nice-to-have… becomes a need-to-have, now?    

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Our feel-good official corporate charity success story

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

Meeting Corporate Social Responsibility goals can be challenging for organizations. In order to make a difference in the community, they must be somewhat lofty.

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Active Cares: FCPC Golf delivers $20,000 to Food Banks Canada

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

Active International was thrilled to support one of our key community partners, Food Banks Canada, at the FCPC Charity Golf Tournament.  Through Active Cares our Corporate Social Responsibility program, we sponsored the grand prize of the tournament, a trip for two aboard the award winning Rocky Moutaineer.

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Active Cares: the hunger statistics in Canada are alarming.

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

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Active International Canada selects Food Banks Canada as Corporate Charity

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

Active International Canada is teaming up with Food Banks Canada as its official corporate charity. The initiative is part of a larger Corporate Social Responsibility program called Active Cares in Canada that includes reducing the company’s environmental impact, as well as a commitment to transparency, continuous improvement and employee satisfaction.

“Trusted companies don’t operate in a bubble,” says Andrew Bulmer, senior vice president and general manager at Active International Canada. “Active International believes our actions as a company impact not only our employees and direct stakeholders, but also the community and environment in which we  operate.”

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Introducing Active Cares, our committment to CSR

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

I'm excited to announce the launch of Active Cares in Canada – Active Canada’s first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, and another big milestone in our ongoing growth.

 

At Active International, we believe that our actions as a company impact not only our employees and direct stakeholders, but also the community and environment in which we operate. In line with this philosophy, we have launched Active Cares in Canada, our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.

Active Cares represents our commitment to behave ethically and contribute to economic development, while improving the quality of life of our workforce as well as the local Canadian community and society as a whole.  We’ve developed three strategic pillars in our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Through this holistic approach Active will be able to integrate our CSR initiatives entirely within our business model, to ensure long-term sustainability.

A key component of the Social pillar of our program is the designation of Food Banks Canada as our official Corporate Charity.

Over 882,000 Canadians are turning to Food banks each month.  38% of them are children. Food Banks Canada is the only national charitable organization representing and supporting the food bank community across Canada, and strives to meet the short-term need for food, and find long-term solutions to hunger.  We will direct all corporate charitable efforts through Food Banks Canada in their mission through donations of funds, inventory, media space, and employee volunteering.

We are happy to celebrate the launch of our next chapter to not only become a trusted business partner, but a trusted community partner too.  To learn more about Active Cares and our mission to become a better corporate citizen, please visit our website.  To learn more about how you can get involved with Food Banks Canada, contact us or visit foodbankscanada.ca.

 

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Cultural Shift: Work-life blend at Active International Canada

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

Cultural Shift: Work-Life blend at Active International Canada

As a new generation of professionals take the workforce by storm, the talent management and engagement landscape has drastically shifted.  Analysts predict a future with a workforce that is comprised of Generation Y’s who are data driven, technologically savvy and globally connected.

It is a future where employees do not seek a work life balance but instead look for an integrated work-life blend. Work-Life balance implies constantly choosing work or life, similar to a pendulum where priorities are constantly changing.

At Active, our SVP and Managing Director Andrew Bulmer asked why not create a work life blend where there is a constant equilibrium position and employees do not have to shift priorities or choose work or life?  Why not provide a work environment where our team members can take an international conference call from one of our 14 global offices and then prepare a healthy lunch in his or her own kitchen in minutes? Why not create the type of work culture where an employee can take their child to the Doctor’s office in the middle of the day and come back to the home office and plug in the laptop ?

Just as 2012 was a pivotal year for social media, 2013 will become the pivotal year of Social Human Resources. We will see a culture shift where organizations integrate (social) technology to recruit, maintain and foster top talent; resulting in an integrated technology eco- system.

Active International is taking this cultural shift within the workforce head on. Based on the ROWE model (Results Only Work Environment), we launched a Flexible Work program, encouraging employees to work from home 1 day per week and create their own flexible working hours. Team members are evaluated based on their work performance versus hours spent at their desk or commuting in rush hour traffic.

“We are seeing first-hand how this translates into a high-performance work culture,” says Andrew Bulmer, “Team members are empowered by a heightened sense of ownership over what really matters - performance accountability, rather than time spent at a desk.”

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What's next for Corporate Social Responsibility?

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

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Holiday gift giving to feel good about

Posted by Andrea Allen

The holiday season is a time of giving. We'll give gifts to our children, our parents, those cousins we see once-a-year, our co-workers, dog walkers, and of course, the odd gift to ourselves (because we deserve it after all). However it's the season not just of giving gifts to our family and friends, it’s also the time when many of us contribute to our personal charities of choice.

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