The Co-operators honoured as one of the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada

The Co-operators honoured as one of the Top 50 Socially Responsible 
Corporations in Canada 
GUELPH, ON, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Co-operators is being recognized for its 
dedication to being an environmentally and socially responsible corporate 
citizen. The Canadian insurance co-operative was ranked by global 
sustainability research and analysis firm, Sustainalytics, among its Top 50 
Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada, published today in Maclean's 
magazine. This year was the first time that co-operatives and credit unions 
were considered for inclusion on the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations 
in Canada list. 
The Co-operators is a leader in advocating for a more sustainable society. To 
better protect Canadians, it is calling upon governments to modernize and 
improve building codes, and to make the installation of fire sprinklers 
mandatory in newly built homes. It is working with a number of 
non-governmental organizations and others to build resilience, particularly 
against the worsening effects of climate change. The organization was also 
involved in creating, and is the only North American property and casualty 
insurer to sign onto the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative 
-led Principles for Sustainable Insurance. 
For 16 years, The Co-operators has qualified as one of Imagine Canada's Caring 
Companies by contributing at least one per cent of pre-tax profits to 
community investment. In 2012, it committed more than $6.4 million, which 
represented 4.6 per cent of its pre-tax profits. In addition to providing 
financial support to emerging co-operatives, charities and other worthy 
organizations across Canada, The Co-operators is reducing the impact its 
operations have on the environmental and has introduced sustainability-focused 
insurance and investment products. 
"As a co-operative with offices in cities and towns throughout Canada, we have 
staff and advisors who are active in their communities, contributing to their 
well-being in a variety of ways," said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of 
The Co-operators. "Based on our organization's values and with its full 
support, our employees and advisors are making a meaningful contribution to 
the social, economic and environmental sustainability of Canadian communities. 
We're proud of the positive impact we make together, and appreciate the 
accolades we receive." 
Sustainalytics tracked a number of environmental, social and governance 
indicators of leading companies, with the top performers in various industries 
making its final list. The 50 organizations profiled are those judged to have 
performed well according to industry best practices, relative to their peer 
group. The criteria includes implementing substantive environmental 
initiatives, making positive impacts on their communities, treating employees 
fairly, and developing products and services that contribute directly to 
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with more than 
$34 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 
For further information, please contact: Leonard Sharman The Co-operators 
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