The Co-operators ranked #1 on Most Sustainable Co-operatives in the World list

The Co-operators ranked #1 on Most Sustainable Co-operatives in the World list 
GUELPH, ON, April 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, The Co-operators Group Limited was 
recognized as first on Corporate Knights' new ranking of the Most Sustainable 
Co-operatives in the World, based on its commitment to sustainable business 
Corporate Knights is an organization dedicated to promoting "clean 
capitalism," which promotes and recognizes responsible and sustainable 
business practices. The Most Sustainable Co-operatives in the World ranking 
was developed based Corporate Knight's flagship Global 100 methodology which 
uses criteria including productivity, board diversity, resource usage, 
sustainability mandate, and senior level compensation tied to sustainability. 
"Our employees and advisors are to be congratulated for the efforts they have 
made to help our organization become more sustainable, and act as a catalyst 
for sustainability," said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The 
Co-operators. "Co-operatives prioritize long-term value creation over 
short-term profit maximization, and take into account a broad range of 
stakeholder interests in their decision-making. It's a business model that 
naturally embeds sustainability principles into its operations." 
The creation of the Most Sustainable Co-operatives in the World ranking is 
another indication of the growing recognition of the role and benefits of 
co-operatives in Canadian communities and globally. There are 9,000 
co-operatives and credit unions in Canada, providing products and services to 
18 million members, employing more than 150,000 people and controlling assets 
of more than $300 billion. 
For more information about The Co-operators and its sustainability journey, 
please visit, and watch for the organization's 2012 
sustainability report, to be published on the website May 9. To view the 
ranking, visit 
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with more than 
$35 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it 
offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well 
as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community 
involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed 
among the 50 Best Employers in Canada and Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate 
Citizens in Canada. For more information visit 
Leonard Sharman The Co-operators 519-767-3937 
SOURCE: The Co-operators 
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