We take pride in our culture of ownership, and encourage all staff to participate in events that allow individuals to establish themselves as community leaders, and as a result, reflect the firm’s commitment to corporate social responsibility. This “encouragement” takes many forms, but includes financially supporting numerous community and charitable organizations, and enabling staff to spend time in service of those organizations during business hours when required.
Example activities include:
Fundraising through a multi-week annual campaign program involving special events to raise money for the United Way and Canadian Feed the Children, supplemented by a corporate contribution. We also undertake donation campaigns for other agencies, including the Canadian Cancer Society, MS Society, and the Lung Association.
Annual corporate donation to Canadian Feed the Children, which is an organization renowned for its children’s programs in selected countries throughout the world. In times of special need, we have provided supplementary donations, such as a $5,000 donation made during the Haiti Earthquake crisis.
Fundraising and staff participation in CANstruction, an annual competition to construct structures made entirely out of canned food. The food is then donated to a local food bank in Toronto. In 2010, our creation CANtipillar was selected as the Juror’s Favourite.
Annual financial contributions and staff time involvement for over 50 charitable, social and health care organizations.
Staff involvement with community development organizations, technical societies, industry associations, as well as professional, regulatory and standards organizations.
Staff participation in such activities is rewarded and recognized through the firm’s merit-based profit-sharing. We also recognize participation through our corporate newsletter and our social media channels.
The firm also encourages internal and external promotion of green initiatives and environmental sustainability. We have an internal Sustainability Committee that meets regularly to discuss “green” issues, such as ways to encourage our clients to promote sustainability, as well as internal initiatives. RVA is also one of the first firms in Canada to utilize the Envision™ Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System on active projects. Developed by the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure and promoted by the major engineering and construction associations in the United States, the Envision™ system was created to help build and direct infrastructure projects to increasing levels of sustainability.