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TORONTO — Trafalgar has been rolling up its sleeves and doing plenty of good throughout the year in preparation for today’s International Volunteer Day (IVD), with CEO Gavin Tollman empowering his global workforce to support causes close to their hearts.
The company offers all of its employees two paid days off a year to participate in volunteer efforts, a decision that according to Tollman, aligns with its ‘JoinTrafalgar’ sustainability initiatives – to better the lives of locals and their communities, now and into the future.
“Companies with legitimate corporate social responsibility must have an ethos that runs deep, form the very core of their business. It is about empowering your own people to make a difference, in whatever form that takes,” said Tollman.
Mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985 to encourage, support and recognize volunteer contributions, IVD 2018 celebrates volunteer efforts that strengthen local ownership and the resilience of communities in the face of natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks.
This week, Trafalgar’s global teams will commemorate IVD in more than 10 countries by planting trees, taking part in beach cleanups, animal welfare support and charity fundraising.
Added Tollman, “Companies should be flexible with team members around supporting individual causes that are close to their hearts and allowing them to choose how they want to give back.”
Here’s a rundown of Trafalgar’s efforts around the world:
Through its ‘JoinTrafalgar’ program, powered by TreadRight (TTC’s 10-year-old not-for-profit foundation), Trafalgar’s social sustainability efforts extend far beyond the 24,000 hours of volunteering given to employees. The company has banned more than 60 single-use plastics from their offices and planted 120 acres of trees in Northern California and Tanzania in the last year.
Watch the ‘JoinTrafalgar’ video to learn more about the company’s ongoing sustainability efforts: