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Waste & Recycling October 29, 2020 03:30:39 AM

Waste Connections Releases 2020 Sustainability Report

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In conjunction with the report, Waste Connections introduced long-term, aspirational targets that reflect the Company’s sustainability priorities and its commitment of over $500 million for investments to meet or exceed such targets.

Waste Connections Releases 2020 Sustainability Report

SEATTLE (Waste Advantage): Waste Connections, Inc. announced the release of its 2020 Sustainability Report, which illustrates the Company’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the health, welfare and development of its employees, and the support of its local communities.  In conjunction with the report, Waste Connections introduced long-term, aspirational targets that reflect the Company’s sustainability priorities and its commitment of over $500 million for investments to meet or exceed such targets.

“Our values and safety-focused, Servant Leadership-driven culture have guided Waste Connections’ response to this year’s unprecedented health, economic and social challenges, allowing us to execute at a high level while continuing to pursue sustainability initiatives, which are integral to and consistent with our strategy and focus on long-term value creation for our shareholders,” said Worthing F. Jackman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Highlights of the 2020 Sustainability Report include:

  • Addressing Unprecedented Challenges: As an essential services provider during uncertain times, Waste Connections recognized that reducing employee concerns regarding income, healthcare and family obligations would enable the Company to meet customer commitments, reduce voluntary turnover and further improve safety performance. To provide that support, Waste Connections committed more than $35 million in incremental costs primarily directed to discretionary supplemental pay for frontline employees, and, among other initiatives, increased its minimum wage target to $15/hour, expanded benefits and provided scheduling flexibility to accommodate employee needs. The Company also recognized the challenges faced by the communities it serves, increasing the level of charitable contributions to assist food banks, families at risk, and organizations with a focus on addressing racial inequities at a local or national level.

  • Establishing Sustainability Targets: Waste Connections specified long-term, aspirational sustainability targets and committed over $500 million for investments to meet or exceed such targets. These investments primarily focus on reducing emissions, increasing resource recovery of both recyclable commodities and biogas, reducing reliance on off-site disposal for landfill leachate, increasing employee engagement, and further improving our industry-leading safety performance.

  • Advancing Diversity and Inclusion: Waste Connections is a signatory to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace, and maintains a formal Diversity Policy for the Board of Directors and Senior Management. In 2020, in keeping with its efforts to advance diversity and inclusion, the Company focused its leadership summit on understanding and mitigating unintended biases, incorporated diversity and inclusion into both Servant Leadership training and assessments of managers by employees, enhanced recruiting practices to ensure the broadest candidate pools, and supported the development of employee resource groups including the Waste Connections Women’s Network and Veterans’ S.E.R.V.E. Network.

Courtesy: www.wasteadvantage.com

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