Alcoa, Canada

Quebec, Canada Alcoa is one of the world’s largest producers of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities. In 2006, The Natural Step Canada partnered with Alcoa Canada to create a customized version of Sustainability 101 for employees in several Québec production plants. Since then, using a combination of our award-winning eLearning course and in-person workshops, Alcoa Canada has worked towards meeting its goal of instilling a shared definition of sustainability and a common language for sustainability planning among its staff. In 2007, The Natural Step (TNS) co-facilitated – via videoconference – a sustainability workshop for management and supervisory staff at the ABI plant in Bécancour, Québec who had already completed the eLearning course. The following year, TNS Canada facilitated a half-day workshop for Deschambault plant managers and supervisors that combined a group presentation of the eLearning course with additional interactive activities and a brainstorming session. These engagements demonstrate the flexibility of Sustainability 101 as a learning tool and have inspired Alcoa Canada to further extend the integration of sustainability eLearning into staff training. So far, over 100 employees have gone through this training...

Rio Tinto Alcan, Australia/Canada

Australia/Canada Rio Tinto Alcan is one of the largest aluminum providers in the world. The Natural Step Canada worked with the company’s Bauxite and Alumina (B&A) division to create a comprehensive and science-driven sustainability platform to help align their current activities and frame sustainability initiatives. Committed to sustainability and increasingly reliant on projects based in lesser-industrialized countries, B&A used The Natural Step Framework to develop a sustainability vision that brings social and environmental concerns even more into focus for the business. This partnership started in Montreal in 2006, and has crossed the globe to the Pacific Region where The Natural Step principles and process are being put into action at B&A sites. Outcomes include using sustainability metrics in monthly and quarterly reporting, research and development explicitly using sustainability to guide innovation, the integration of sustainability objectives and approaches within greenfield projects, and a cross-functional working group quantifying the business value of Alcan’s sustainability investments. Learn more about our work with by Rio Tinto Alcan by reading our case study. View full case study. View brief case...

The Co-operators, Canada

In 2006, The Co-operators invited The Natural Step Canada to help the organization integrate sustainability into its strategic planning. With a bold vision to be “a catalyst for a sustainable society,” The Co-operators charted a new strategic direction that would earn them the top spot on Corporate Knights Magazine’s 2011 list of “Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada.” The organization has also been named among “Canada’s Green 30” companies by Maclean’s Magazine, and has been listed consistently among the “50 Best Employers in Canada” by AON Hewitt. In 2007, with a bold vision in place, the first phase of The Co-operators’ sustainability strategy was about laying the groundwork to embed sustainability within the organization. The company then turned its attention toward how it could achieve its vision to become a catalyst for a sustainable society. With assistance from The Natural Step Canada, they developed a 2011-2014 Sustainability Strategy that outlined six key focus areas that The Co-operators have labeled: Our People, Our Clients, Our Governance & Operations, Our Investments, Our Relationships, and Our Public Voice. These focus areas have been defined specifically to support the achievement of The Co-operators’ vision of success, serving as a strong example of the strategic process of “backcasting” that is fundamental to The Natural Step’s approach to sustainability. Through the ongoing integration of sustainability into its governance, operations, culture, communications, and products and services, The Co-operators continues to establish its role, purpose, and reputation as a groundbreaking insurance company that is affecting meaningful change toward sustainability. View full case study View The Co-operators annual sustainability reports View brief case...

The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

Canada The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada is a non-profit group that provides support to 250,000-plus members to better run their cooperative housing units. The Natural Step Canada worked closely with CHF Canada and a national task-force of co-operative housing members to fulfill their mandate of becoming “environmentally aware, environmentally active”. Members of the task-force completed our award-winning Sustainability: Step by Natural Step eLearning course, and co-authored a Guidebook for Sustainability. The collaboration also resulted in a decision-making tool (for making capital-intensive decisions), a top 10 action list for CHF members, a hands-on sustainability workshop for members and the customization of our Sustainability at Home household...

Community Foundations of Canada

Canada The Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) is a non-profit organization that provides support to grassroots non-profit groups throughout Canada.  It wanted to improve internal operations towards sustainability and provide leadership to their grantees around sustainability. The Natural Step Canada started by interviewing the majority of workshop participants before the first session and found there were diverse interests and expectations. Based on these conversations, The Natural Step Canada designed three virtual workshops for the CFC. One of the objectives identified during the virtual workshops was to design a sustainable regional plan. It was also hoped the new understanding of sustainability could help generate funds for the organization by focusing on sustainability projects and integrating financial sustainability into operations. All of the participants attended three phone sessions and completed homework that was paced with their progress through the eLearning course, Sustainability: Step by Natural...