BWPW CO-OP ESG – Framework
The strategic model of our co-operative is anchored on holistic framework – Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG). These principles flow through our policies, processes, procurement, community engagement, investment approach, partnerships, and vendor selection.
One of our core strength as a worker co-operative is that among our membership, we have subject matter experts with the professional capacity and certifications to support our ESG Framework implementation, which is a combination of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).
BWPW Co-op has also adopted Global Goals for Sustainable Development (United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs2030), as an intersectional framework to guide our operations.
1. BWPW Co-op’s Environmental impacts
We participate in environmental programs, which highlights our commitment to ensuring that our business activities and that of our members have the following impacts:
2. Diversity and Inclusion in the BWPW Co-op Workplace
BWPW Co-op is committed to the following:
3. Socio-Economic Cultural and Economic Impact
Application of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion lens in our procurement practices and entire value chain.
iii. Suppliers owned by or recruit workers from members of vulnerable, marginalized, or under-represented social groups.
iv. We develop stable and long-term relationships with local suppliers for a more cohesive and integrated supply chain.
By supporting local suppliers, our organization indirectly attracts additional investment to the local economy. Local sourcing is a strategy to help ensure accessible, constant, and cost-effective supply, support a stable local economy, and maintain community relations.
The socio-economic impact of our infrastructure investment – Industrial Kitchen and the Food Hub is long-term, and extend beyond the scope of our operations.
4. Community Engagement and Improving the Local Economy
This covers our operations related to local community engagement, our impact assessments, and development of Corporate Social Responsibility programs.
i. Local community development programs based on local communities’ needs – BWPW Co-op provides Jobs in our local community. These include:
Internship opportunities: We offer co-op opportunities to undergraduate students and recent graduates.
Volunteer opportunities: These are available to new immigrants, women, high school students and people transitioning to second careers.
(Some of our members have an existing relationship with several post-secondary institutions for co-op student placements. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice are key criteria in our selection processes).
ii. Stakeholder engagement, stakeholder mapping, and ecosystem building. We are members of several local organizations including Local food and farm co-op, Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation (CWCF), Ontario Cooperative Association and the Local Chambers.
We are part of a broad-based local community consultation committee and processes that include vulnerable groups e.g. A member of BWPW Co-op is on the Justice Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee of the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation (CWCF).
In partnership with our member organizations and partners, we run environmental and social impact programs that include Harvest Festivals, Farmers markets, ‘Sustainability on the Farm’ – a series of trainings and workshops on the farm for school children and youth.
5. BWPW Co-op Global South (Africa and Caribbean)
We invest in, and partner with agro and food-based women-led cooperatives, social enterprises and entrepreneurs in the Global South (African and Caribbean countries):
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