It takes effort, both big and small, to make a difference for our environment. This month, Ricoh Canada is going big.
Last week, the company kicked off its Global Eco Action month by coordinating more than 20 simultaneous shoreline cleanups across the country. It was a natural fit; Ricoh is a national sponsor of The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup — a joint conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and WWF-Canada, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited.
Ricoh Canada’s cleanups engaged corporate and local branches and offices from coast to coast, from Alberta to Quebec to Ontario to Newfoundland, with more than 300 employees taking part. This year’s events mark the 10th anniversary of the company’s Eco Action month, which takes place each June.
“Working with the Shoreline Cleanup supports our corporate social responsibility strategy,” said Mary Ann Sayers, director of corporate sustainability and community relations at Ricoh Canada. “The program provides education, supports the environment and engages our employees. When it all comes together it is a beautiful thing.”
Ricoh and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup have a history of working together to clean shorelines across Canada. Last year the Shoreline Cleanup mobilized more than 54,000 Canadians at over 1,800 cleanup sites from coast to coast — employees at 18 Ricoh offices were part of it. This year, the company became a national sponsor of the program, playing a vital role to ensure the program engages more Canadians each year in shoreline litter issues. “As a company, our partnership with Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is in alignment with our global mandate of protecting our environment,” said Sayers.
The help is appreciated. “Trash on our shorelines is an ongoing issue, but we are getting the message out,” said Kate Le Souef, manager of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. “We couldn’t do it without the kind of support and participation that we get from organizations like Ricoh.”
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a joint conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and WWF-Canada, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited and supported by Ricoh Canada. You can take a stand against shoreline litter in your community by signing up for a cleanup in your neighbourhood today.