Our Everyday Actions
Every day, TC Transcontinental demonstrates its commitment to pursuing its activities in a responsible manner, guided by its long-term vision.
By working in collaboration with our teams, customers and suppliers, we take action to make a difference. Here are a few examples of our initiatives and the acknowledgments we have received over the years.
TC Transcontinental becomes the first Canadian-based manufacturer to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment
On March 14, 2019, TC Transcontinental became the first Canadian-based manufacturer to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. Ever since TC Transcontinental adopted its first environmental policy in 1993, the Corporation has demonstrated proven leadership in conducting its business responsibly. Throughout its transformation and steadfast growth in packaging, TC Transcontinental remains driven by its unwavering commitment towards sustainability. “We want to leave behind the legacy of a responsible corporate citizen, mindful of how today’s decisions will impact our collective tomorrow,” explains François Olivier, TC Transcontinental’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to inspire change by pioneering the development of sustainable products and driving innovation to support our customers in their own sustainability journey. By joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s commitment, we are furthering our corporate social responsibility leadership to ensure that plastic is effectively managed from sourcing to end of life.” Click here to find out more information about our commitment.
Shining the spotlight on the women of TC Transcontinental!
Beyond a question of statistics, a workplace that is focused on gender diversity enables us to live our values of respect, teamwork, performance and innovation. As a reminder, in December 2015, TC Transcontinental adopted a policy on women’s representation to support and promote gender diversity within the company. This policy, which applies to all employees, outlines objectives and the concrete measures that our company commits to taking in this regard, including implementing programs and processes to support a gender-diverse culture and identifying top talent through the Leadership Review process to offer opportunities for high-potential women.
We want to underscore the importance of this essential component in any workplace. We are proud of our progress on the gender diversity front and the accomplishments of our women who are continually seeking to surpass themselves.
TC Transcontinental Packaging Wins Gold in Sustainability and Packaging Excellence while Grabbing Silver in Technical Innovation
As part of the 2019 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition, TC Transcontinental Packaging has won the Gold award for Sustainability for a second year in a row, as well as the Gold award for Packaging Excellence and the Silver award for Technical Innovation for the Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders pouch. The new flexible loose tea pouch is one of the first-in-market, 100% recyclable, multilayer barrier stand-up pouch. It was designed to meet Harney & Sons’ commitment to sustainability while still protecting the flavor and the freshness of the product.
Developed in collaboration with Dow and Charter NEX Films, the Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders pouch hits all notes: 100% recycle ready for in-store drop off, EVOH barrier for product preservation, seal strength, and durability. Fine tea packaging requires a multilayer, co-extruded package to protect the product’s natural oils that give tea leaves a smooth flavor and finish. EVOH delivers outstanding barrier to gases, organic vapors and moisture, preventing deterioration of the product and extending its shelf life. Click here to learn more about our Awards.
The Rémi Marcoux Entrepreneurial Track is a launch pad for future entrepreneurs!
Launched in November 2013, the Rémi Marcoux Entrepreneurial Track is a six-month academic program offered to students of HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and Université de Montréal. This program allows participants to explore their inner entrepreneur and develop a business idea. Upon completion of the track, participants have their own start-up business and are ready to take off.
Since its launch, the Track has welcomed four cohorts, gathering a total of 43 students – 14 in 2017 – and enabled the completion of 35 projects. The young companies born out of it helped create 67 jobs in 2014. The Track represents a sustainable experience for the large majority of its participants given that 83.7% of them are still entrepreneurs.
The Track is proud to have recently been accepted to Amazon Activate, a U.S. program offering a full range of online services for young entrepreneurs. These services include web hosting, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and game development, among other things. Track participants thus benefit from advanced technology services worth US$5,000 for a period of two years. For these young entrepreneurs preparing to launch, this support is definitely valuable.
For entrepreneurial spirits
The Rémi Marcoux Entrepreneurial Track is targeted to students who would like to start a business, take over a business to bring innovation and creativity, ensure succession or create a spin-off for a family business. To learn more about the Rémi Marcoux Entrepreneurial Track, visit the program’s website (French only).
Congratulations to Transcontinental Ross-Ellis, recipient of a 2018 MultiPrévention award
Transcontinental Ross-Ellis was rewarded with a MultiPrévention award by the Association paritaire pour la santé et la sécurité du travail, which promotes workplace health and safety, and of which TC Transcontinental is a member. The purpose of the MultiPrévention awards is to acknowledge and promote good workplace accident and occupational disease prevention ideas every year.
In the Printing Industry and related sectors category, Transcontinental Ross-Ellis set itself apart thanks to a project dealing with the modification of a workstation and work processes, which helped to significantly reduce the risks of musculoskeletal disorders. This award makes Transcontinental Ross-Ellis eligible for the $5,000 Lachance-Morin bursary, awarded for the realization of a workplace health and safety project. The awards were officially presented to the winning companies and the winner of the bursary revealed at the MultiPrévention general assembly on April 20, 2018.
TC Transcontinental employees team up with The Dow Chemical Company for a unique educational session
In connection to TC Transcontinental’s ongoing commitment as a responsible corporate citizen, The Dow Chemical Company hosted a customized training at their headquarters in Freeport, Texas, for TC Transcontinental Packaging employees from four plants from its network: Transcontinental Robbie, Transcontinental Ultra Flex, Transcontinental Flexstar and Transcontinental Capri.
This educational and informative 2-day session delivered by field specialists sharing their expertise with TC Transcontinental’s employees allowed participants to learn more about a variety of topics. The agenda’s valuable content included an introduction into polyethylene and other specialty resins, packaging trends and design, adhesives and lamination, as well as broader discussions on innovation and sustainability. The team also had the privilege of touring Dow’s analytical labs and testing facilities that featured impressive packaging equipment. Passionate Dow trainers kept their audience engaged by also imparting their knowledge on packaging and market trends aligned with TC Transcontinental’s marketing research. The training also included a thought-provoking exposé on Dow’s commitment to sustainability through its RecycleReady technology.
TC Transcontinental joins the Jersey Day for Humboldt movement
In the wake of the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos Junior Hockey Team from Saskatchewan, TC Transcontinental joined the Jersey Day for Humboldt movement. In a show of solidarity and heartfelt compassion for all the families affected by this tragedy, our employees participated by wearing a hockey jersey to work on Thursday, April 12. See our album photo on Facebook for pictures of the day.
Workplace health, safety and wellness: everyone’s responsibility!
On January 29 and February 5, the members of the workplace Health, Safety and Wellness committee at the Saint-Hyacinthe plant organized a workplace health, safety and wellness event for all employees. The aim of the event was to share a wide range of information and put the focus on awareness. Employees were also able to take part in four workshops based on themes such as hand injuries, hearing protection, civility and WHMIS 2015 (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System).
“The participants really appreciated these days, and they shared their positive feedback on the evaluation questionnaire,” said Pierre Desautels, HSW Coordinator. “The members of the workplace Health, Safety and Wellness committee and the supervisors who organized and ran the workshops worked hard to create a quality event for their colleagues. And they succeeded in their mission.”
Innovation at its best for Transcontinental Saint-Hyacinthe: Industry 4.0
With its cutting-edge automation project, Transcontinental Saint-Hyacinthe stood out as a high-performing and strategic plant at the Salon des Meilleures Pratiques d’Affaires (Best Business Practices Show) organized by the Mouvement québécois de la qualité.
Participating for the first time in the event held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, with 3,000 visitors in attendance, TC Transcontinental Printing proudly took its place in Pavillon 4.0, alongside other organizations who are shifting toward the 4th industrial revolution, commonly referred to as “Industry 4.0” or “Smart Factory”. Having diligently worked on executing this automation, it is with pride and enthusiasm that the team on site explained the development, objectives, challenges, change management, work flow and results. The project was nominated for the Jury Favourite award.
Ecodesign: Gold for our compostable peanut bag
TC Transcontinental Packaging distinguished itself at the 2018 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards taking the Gold in the Sustainability category for its compostable peanut bag. This prestigious acknowledgment from the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) highlighted the colossal work done by our teams at Transcontinental Ultra Flex in Brooklyn, in the United States, in order to design a highly innovative bag made from certified compostable materials. This success was made possible thanks to the collaboration of the customer and many partners, and demonstrates a joint commitment to ecodesign across the entire supply chain. This progress helps support the green initiatives of sports organizations by diverting a residual material commonly found in stadiums and arenas away from landfills.
More electric charging stations
In Canada, it is well known that about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions originate from the transportation sector. To resolve this situation, vehicle electrification has been identified as a key solution. This is why TC Transcontinental has put in place a program for the installation of electric charging stations in its business units, enabling its employees with an electric or hybrid vehicle to charge it during work hours. Over the past two years, three projects have already been completed at Transcontinental Ross-Ellis, Transcontinental Vaughan and at our offices in Rivière-des-Prairies. This program notably enables us to highlight the efforts of our employees who have made a decision that is respectful of the environment in using a hybrid or electric car, in addition to inspiring their colleagues to do the same.
Combining plant safety and generosity in the community
Legend: The Montréal Premedia Team gives a check to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation and Transcontinental Halifax gives a check to Phoenix Youth ProgramsTC Transcontinental’s Health, Safety and Community Partner Program was launched in 2017. A year later, a sum of $33,000 has been distributed to 11 of our business units. On an annual basis, the program effectively rewards business units in the Printing Sector and the Packaging Sector that had one or more years without a lost time accident by providing them with a monetary sum of $1,000 to $5,000 to be donated to the registered charitable organization of their choice. One of the objectives is to help employees support social causes that are relevant to them and thus become ambassadors for TC Transcontinental in the local communities. In this way, not only does the winning business unit implement a safer work environment, but it also invests in the well-being of communities, namely towards aid for the most vulnerable, education and health.
Deep community engagement
Isabelle Marcoux, our Chair of the Board, and François Olivier, our President and Chief Executive Officer, demonstrate a deep and steadfast community engagement, both in their personal and professional lives. Portage, a non-profit organization long supported by our executives and by TC Transcontinental, honoured this unwavering commitment at the 15th edition of the Soirée des Grands Philanthropes which gathered 750 guests in Montréal on September 20. This event in the spirit of generosity and pride, helped raise a net amount of over $1,250,000 for Portage, thanks in part to our many partners to whom we are grateful for their invaluable contribution.
Air quality: installation of an oxidizer at Transcontinental Flexstar
In 2018, a major project was rolled-out at our Transcontinental Flexstar plant, located in Richmond, British Columbia, in order to reduce our impact on air quality. The ink drying process, whether for printing on paper or plastic, emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs) known for potentially contributing to smog creation. We are therefore continually looking to limit and control these emissions, both at the source through the choice of new products and by capturing press emissions and burning them in oxidizers. Transcontinental Flexstar opted for the latter solution as a regenerative thermal oxidizer was installed to ensure the destruction of VOCs, thereby reducing this plant’s emissions by more than 90%. TC Transcontinental thus became a pioneer in the packaging industry in Metro Vancouver in terms of environmental performance.
Solidarity through the storm
We understand that climate change will increase the frequency and intensity of natural disasters. In this respect, several TC Transcontinental Packaging sites in southeastern United States were fully impacted or under threat in 2018. In such cases, we witnessed exceptional shows of solidarity, led by totally committed managers, with the constant support of TC Transcontinental’s management. For example, employees at Transcontinental Griffin in Georgia quickly mobilized themselves to deliver basic emergency supplies (water, food, etc.) to colleagues at our Albany plant who went through a difficult time during Hurricane Michael. Transcontinental Thomasville followed suit by organizing a fundraiser to collect donations, water and cleaning products that were in turn sent to employees in Albany. These inter-plant expressions of solidarity are deeply inspiring and attest to the company’s values.
Transcontinental Saint-Hyacinthe focuses on knowledgeTranscontinental Saint-Hyacinthe has launched two exciting knowledge-based initiatives. In order to facilitate access to advancement opportunities, the plant has started a cohort dedicated to obtaining an equivalence of secondary 5 studies for its employees who do not have their secondary school diploma. 10 employees have signed up to this first group. With each cohort spread over 16 weeks, classes are taught by a school board teacher once a week outside of employee working hours. At the end of the session, employees must pass the ministry exams to obtain their equivalence. This is an interesting program for those who wish to pursue positions higher up the career ladder but do not have the required educational qualifications. Staying with the theme of knowledge, the Saint-Hyacinthe plant also entered into a partnership with a secondary school in the region to welcome an intern from October 2018 to May 2019. The internship, which consists of two days per week, will allow the student to explore a career and get a sense of the job opportunities that would be available in this field upon completion of his or her studies. It’s also an effective way to shine a light on our company among the youth in the communities in which we operate.
An excellent campaign for Centraide of Greater Montreal
TC Transcontinental maintains its unwavering commitment to Centraide of Greater Montreal, a cause particularly close to our heart for more than 30 years. In 2017, we donated $420,000 on behalf of TC Transcontinental and its employees. We sincerely thank our people for their great generosity.
Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board of Transcontinental Inc., is actively involved with Centraide of Greater Montreal. Starting in 2018, she will serve as Chair of the Major Donors’ Circle. In 2016, she co-chaired the Centraide of Greater Montreal campaign, one of the largest annual fund drives to break the cycle of poverty and social exclusion in a lasting way.
4th place in Canopy’s 2017 Blueline ranking
TC Transcontinental distinguished itself by maintaining its 4th position in Canopy’s Blueline ranking which profiles the sustainability performance of major players in North America’s printing industry. Canopy’s annual Blueline report ranks companies in the printing industry based on 32 key sustainability criteria highlighting sector leaders. This report is also intended to help consumers identify companies that protect the environment in their production process.
22nd position in the prestigious Corporate Knights 2017 ranking of the 50 most responsible corporate citizens in Canada
The company rose to the challenge once again, earning a place in the prestigious Corporate Knights ranking of the 50 most responsible corporate citizens in Canada for the 14th time. TC Transcontinental climbed in the ranking in 2017, moving from 40th position in 2016 to 22nd in 2017. The Corporate Knights ranking measures social and environmental performance as well as governance of Canadian companies.
We are convinced that the processes that we put forth are effective and that our diligent efforts to remain a strong, responsible corporate citizen enable us to distinguish ourselves in the industry. We remain focused on implementing our 2016-2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Plan in order to continue driving sustainable results.
Our employees support the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation
TC Transcontinental teams outdid themselves at the CHU Sainte-Justine’s 2017 Winter Triathlon by placing first in the “mixed competitive team” category and sixth in the “men’s participative team” category. The charitable sports challenge, which was held at Maisonneuve Park in Montréal, brought together more than 200 participants eager to help sick children.
A charitable fundraiser was organized within the company in conjunction with the sports challenge. This year, through the generosity of some 100 donors, we donated close to $11,000 to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation. The funds raised will be used to fund the future CHU Sainte-Justine Centre of Excellence in Neonatal Intensive Care. In six years of participation in the Winter Triathlon, TC Transcontinental and its employees have donated $77,500 to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation.
Women@TC: A unifying and enriching event
In order to achieve our objective of progressively moving to a more balanced gender representation in the workforce, we have adopted a gender diversity strategy that was deployed through numerous initiatives in 2017. Among them, we note the Women@TC event held in February, gathering over a hundred women leaders from all sectors of the organization, both from Canada and the United States. Managers were offered training on unconscious bias, and also had the opportunity to attend an enriching panel and conferences, to network and to further their development. As a follow-up to this event and to extend its benefits, we asked participants to support another woman in the organization by providing her with professional advice as part of the “Support for Success – Women@TC” program.
Supporting youth development
Our Transcontinental Capri packaging plant, based in Clinton, Missouri, decided to sponsor a school as part of its Building Sponsors program. At various times throughout the school year, the plant’s employees are invited to help out at the school such as by reading to young people, serving as mentors or tutors, lending a hand to teachers during school events, or providing the school with toiletries, school supplies or meals.
Robbie: Winner of Best Workplace in the Americas according to the Printing Industries of America (PIA) association
Our Transcontinental Robbie packaging plant, located in Lenexa, Kansas, received the 2016 “Best of the Best” Workplace in Americas award from PIA, recognizing outstanding human relations efforts that contribute to a successful workplace. These awards honour printing and graphic arts companies that foster high quality work environments for their employees.
The "Best of the Best" award underscores Transcontinental Robbie’s serious commitment to its employees by investing in their work environment and their development. A committee of human resources professionals evaluated submissions based on eight criteria: management practices, work environment, training and development, financial security, workplace health and safety, work-life balance, recognition and rewards, and health and wellness programs.
Energy efficiency initiatives
The ingenuity of our employees has once again been recognized as the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles—Québec’s department of energy and natural resources—granted us two major subsidies in 2016 to support energy efficiency projects. Transcontinental Interglobe, in Beauceville, received $340,175 in financial aid while Transcontinental Saint-Hyacinthe received a grant of $387,324 to carry out an energy recovery project.
By installing a heat exchanger at the outlet of the thermal incinerator, these plants utilize the recovered heat to heat their building and to supply the presses’ dryers with preheated air, thereby reducing their natural gas consumption. On an annual basis, this amounts to total potential natural gas savings of 1,330,000 m3, or $375,000, and thus a reduction of 2,582 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to some 522 fewer light vehicles on the roads every year.