Known for their generosity and concern for human welfare, Cascades’ cofounders, the Lemaire brothers, early on made these values a part of the company culture. Every year, Cascades employees proudly give of their time to hundreds of social and environmental causes.
These practices are recognized by Cascades' community involvement program, which seeks to enhance the company’s positive impact in the communities in which it operates and to encourage volunteerism. The objectives set by the company are calculated in terms of the number of hours given, with a target of 10,000 volunteer hours for 2020.
To recognize the most actively engaged units, Cascades organizes an annual contest with cash prizes awarded to units with the greatest number of hours per employee. The units in turn can then donate the money to the charities of their choice.
See our Sustainable Development Report to follow Cascades’ progress toward its 2020 target.
Sustainable Development Advisor
"Cascades is encouraging its employees to donate at least one hour of their time to the community each year. Our goal is for them to be proud of the company they work for and have a chance to make a difference."
In 2018, Nadia Angers, who has been a human resources analyst at Cascades since October 2016, completed a total of 610 hours of community involvement, 600 of which were volunteered to Chiots Nordiques, a non-profit organization that helps dogs in northern Québec.
At 62, Jacques Gauthier, a welder at Cascades Services et Achats, is a busy man. In addition to the 22 years he has spent at Cascades, Jacques has been volunteering at the Asbestos Optimist Club for 31 years. He donated some 630 hours to the organization in 2018.
Boxes for a Good Cause!
Every year, community organizations throughout Québec are busy making Christmas baskets. In 2018, our plants contributed, in their own way, by providing almost 50,000 boxes for the distribution of food items to families in need at the approach of the holidays. Track the path of these boxes from the plant to their ultimate distribution!
Kids’ Education on Climate Change
Cascades is a proud supporter of EcoSchools Canada. As part of the organization’s Climate Leadership Year, L’Odyssée elementary school in Ottawa organized a trade and barter event with its students. It was the perfect occasion to teach them to think before consuming and to raise their awareness about the impact of their choices on climate change.
Cascades and PurNat Partner for a Waste-free Nature
On June 4, 2017, some 20 Cascades employees and the PurNat organization took part in cleaning up an illegal landfill in the small Centre-du-Québec town of St-Lucien.