Canada's Greenest
Employers (2017)
Winners from our 12th annual editorial competition
LoyaltyOne has an internal Social Responsibility committee that meets monthly to develop sustainable practices at the company; initiatives include organizing tree-planting events and waste awareness campaigns

About the Competition

BC Hydro has 75 employee 'Green Leaders' at 39 locations across the province who participate in leadership training and meet to discuss green strategies


Now in its 10th year, Canada's Greenest Employers is an editorial competition organized by the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. These employers have developed exceptional earth-friendly initiatives – and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership. This award grew out of two remarkable speeches given by Al Gore and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at our annual conferences in 2006 and 2007. Prior to 2009, this award was called "Canada's Most Earth-Friendly Employers". Read our press release from April 21, 2017 announcing this year's winners.

Selection Process

Each employer is evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers in terms of: (1) the unique environmental initiatives and programs they have developed; (2) the extent to which they have been successful in reducing the organization's own environmental footprint; (3) the degree to which their employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills; and (4) the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity and whether they attract new people to the organization.

BC Housing employees demonstrating products from the organization's green procurement policy

Reasons for Selection

Each year before Earth Day (April 22), our editors release the list of winners and publish their reasons for selection – click an employer's name below to read why each of this year's winners was chosen. Publishing detailed Reasons for Selection is an important feature of our competition: it provides transparency in the selection of winners and "raises the bar" so that other employers can improve upon these best-practices.

An executive from Emterra Group opening the organization's new $18 million material recovery centre in Regina

Eligibility Requirements

Any employer operating in Canada may apply for the Canada's Greenest Employers competition. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.

2018 Competition

Applications for our 2018 competition will be available early in 2017. Our 2018 winners will be announced shortly before Earth Day, April 22, 2018.

Editorial Conference

To learn more about the competition, we invite you to join us at the Top Employer Summit, our annual editorial conference on the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. This event lets you discover the latest best practices from winners, meet competition organizers and editors, and hear inspiring stories from world-class speakers – all presented in a commercial-free format. The conference is Canada’s largest annual event for senior-level HR professionals.

Keilhauer employee in the company showroom
Keilhauer employee in the company showroom

2017 Winners

Here are the 2017 winners of the Canada's Greenest Employers competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:
Sustainability theories at UBC get put into practice at the university's on-campus 'UTown' model community, home to over 18,000 faculty, staff, students and residents
Sustainability theories at UBC get put into practice at the university's on-campus 'UTown' model community, home to over 18,000 faculty, staff, students and residents

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