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Tim Hortons reports on 2012 sustainability and responsibility efforts

Tim Hortons reports on 2012 sustainability and responsibility efforts 
OAKVILLE, ON, April 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Tim Hortons has released its third annual 
Sustainability and Responsibility Report, highlighting the company's 2012 
performance results and outlining goals and commitments for 2013. 
The report focuses on the three key sustainability pillars, as the company 
stands by its commitment to Making a True Difference(TM) for: individuals, 
communities and the planet. 
"Sustainability and responsibility continues to play an important role within 
our company," said Scott Bonikowsky, Vice President, Corporate, Public and 
Government Affairs, Tim Hortons. "We remain focused on reaching 2013 goals 
which encourages individuals to achieve their best, communities to thrive and 
grow and embraces our responsibility to do our part for the environment." 
Highlights of the 2012 Sustainability and Responsibility Report include: 


    --  We were included on the Canada Carbon Disclosure Leadership
        Index and named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) -
        North America for the second consecutive year

Individuals
    --  Significant progress on our sodium reduction initiative. For
        example, to date we have reduced sodium in our soups (31%),
        deli meats (49%) and muffins (22%)

Communities
    --  We welcomed 15,450 children to the
        Tim Horton Children's Foundation
        (THCF) year-round camps and work towards our goal of 17,000
        children by 2015
    --  We distributed 257 bursaries worth approximately $700,000 for
        post-secondary education to graduates of THCF's
        Youth Leadership Program
        with a goal of providing 1,000 bursaries by 2015
    --  In 2012, together with our Restaurant Owners and guests, $11
        million was raised on Camp Day to help send
        economically-disadvantaged kids to camp
    --  Our Smile Cookie program raised $4.5 million for local
        charities across Canada and the U.S.
    --  2,300
        Aboriginal
        youth attended a THCF camp, with a goal of 5,000 by the end of
        2014
    --  We opened two new kiosks on Aboriginal lands: one
        Aboriginal-owned full-serve kiosk in Grand Rapids, MB, and one
        self-serve kiosk in Oxford House, MB. We are striving for 10
        more Aboriginal-owned restaurants or kiosks on Aboriginal lands
        by the end of 2014
    --  Since 2005, more than 3,400 farmers have participated in
        Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership
        projects. We have influenced the lives of more than 17,000
        people in our project communities. Our goal is to work with
        2,800 farmers in 2013

The Planet 
    --  In 2012, our manufacturing and distribution waste diversion
        rate was 70 per cent.  We will aim for a 10 per cent increase
        in waste diversion by the end of 2014
    --  We achieved LEED® Certification on our pilot restaurant in
        Hamilton, ON and registered another four locations in 2012.  We
        aim to register a minimum of 30 new restaurants by the end of
        2016
    --  We affirm our call for the
        pork industry
        to eliminate gestation stall practices for sows, and by 2022,
        will source pork from suppliers who have made a transition to
        alternative open housing
    --  We are on track to sourcing 10 per cent of our egg products
        from more humane, alternative hen housing systems by the end of
        2013. This represents significantly more than 10 million eggs
    --  We founded the Tim Hortons Sustainable Food Management Fund at
        the University of Guelph.  Our North America-wide restaurant
        industry summit focusing on academic research about animal
        welfare issues and best practices is being planned for the fall
        of 2013

In the creation of Tim Hortons 2012 Sustainability and Responsibility 
Performance report, the Company followed the Global Reporting Initiative G3.1 
Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.

To view the entire report, please visit: sustainabilityreport.timhortons.com   

About Tim Hortons Inc.

Tim Hortons is one of the largest publicly-traded restaurant chains in North 
America based on market capitalization, and the largest in Canada. Operating 
in the quick service segment of the restaurant industry, Tim Hortons appeals 
to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, 
espresso-based hot and cold specialty drinks including lattes, cappuccinos and 
espresso shots, specialty teas, fruit smoothies, home-style soups, fresh 
Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, hot breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked 
goods, including our trademark donuts. As of December 30th, 2012, Tim Hortons 
had 4,264 system-wide restaurants, including 3,436 in Canada, 804 in the 
United States and 24 in the Gulf Cooperation Council. More information about 
the Company is available at www.timhortons.com. Follow Tim Hortons on Twitter: 
www.twitter.com/timhortons.

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Alexandra Cygal Senior Manager, Public Affairs 
cygal_alexandra@timhortons.com 905-339-5960

Hailey DeDominicis Specialist, Public Affairs 
dedominicis_hailey@timhortons.com 905-337-5349

Image with caption: "Infographic: Highlights from our 2012 sustainability 
performance (CNW Group/Tim Hortons Inc.)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130403_C9980_PHOTO_EN_25036.jpg

PDF available at:  
http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2013/04/03/20130403_C9980_DOC_EN_25043.pdf

SOURCE: Tim Hortons Inc.

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CO: Tim Hortons Inc.
ST: Ontario
NI: RES 

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