Maple Leaf’s Core Sustainability Pillars
Maple Leaf Foods is Canada’s leading consumer packaged meats company, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. We make high-quality, great tasting, nutritious and innovative food products under leading brands including Maple Leaf®, Maple Leaf Prime®, Maple Leaf Natural Selections®, Schneiders®, Schneiders Country Naturals® and Mina™. Our Company employs approximately 11,500 people in its operations across Canada and exports to more than 20 global markets including the U.S. and Asia.
About This Report
Maple Leaf Foods published our first sustainability report in April 2013. This second report, which covers our activities during the fiscal and calendar year 2013, demonstrates the importance our Company places on sustainability initiatives and our commitment to transparency and continuous improvement in our social, economic and environmental performance. This report complements the operating and financial information in our 2013 annual report, where we provide more detailed information on our operating and financial results. It is our intention to publish an annual sustainability report and provide ongoing updates and additions that augment our disclosure.
In 2013, Maple Leaf completed or announced agreements to divest of a number of businesses. We closed the sales of Rothsay, our rendering business, in October 2013; Olivieri®, our fresh pasta and sauce business, in November 2013; and our turkey production business, in July 2013. In the fall of 2013, the Company announced that it was pursuing value creation alternatives for its Bakery business. This culminated in an agreement to sell the Company’s 90% ownership of Canada Bread Company, Ltd. to Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. de C.V., which was concluded in May 2014. Some of the data contained in this report includes these operations, as they were owned by Maple Leaf for part or all of the year. Except where noted, this report does not cover suppliers of products, ingredients or services, temporary employees, joint ventures or leased facilities. The information was collected as part of our business operations and verified by functional leaders to ensure that this report fairly represents our sustainability activities, strategies, policies, programs and initiatives.
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has become the worldwide standard for sustainability reporting. We used the GRI G3.1 Guidelines, the GRI Food Processing Sector Supplement, industry best practices and the results of our stakeholder engagement survey to guide the structure of this report. To inform the content, we applied the GRI’s sustainability reporting principles and its growing emphasis on materiality by considering the results of our survey, which helped us in determining those topics of most importance to our stakeholders, while focusing on those areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact. It is our intention to broaden this reporting as we continue to enhance our database and further develop and report results against concrete benchmarks and goals. Maple Leaf self-declares this report to GRI (3.1) Application Level C.
Sustainability Management Structure
Sustainability at Maple Leaf Foods is a collaborative, cross-functional effort. Guiding our program are leaders representing relevant areas of the Company including environmental affairs, food safety and quality assurance, government and industry affairs, human resources, marketing, strategy and corporate communications. In 2014, Maple Leaf is establishing an executive position to lead the development of a comprehensive sustainability program and structure, working collaboratively to ingrain these principles and goals across the Company’s operations, ensuring sustainability is embedded into our decision-making, investments and how we conduct our businesses.
This report has not been externally assured. We plan to seek assurance when our sustainability program and reporting is more mature.