IFDS has a strong culture of caring and corporate citizenship, coming from a long tradition of corporate funding and fostering employee involvement.
IFDS actively supports a number of charities across Canada and the Greater Toronto Area, with a particular focus on children and education. The staff-led and corporately sponsored iCare committee aims to create and promote opportunities for volunteerism, sponsorships, and donations throughout the year.
IFDS and its employees actively support the following charities:
United Way - The United Way of Greater Toronto works to address the root causes of our city’s challenges in order to fulfil the long-term needs of individuals and communities. IFDS is proud to be a part of the annual United Way campaign.
University Settlement Recreation Centre (USRC) - University Settlement helps individuals and families to learn and grow by engaging them in social, cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. University Settlement is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the people in the diverse communities they serve. IFDS is proud to be the largest sponsor of their annual children's Grange festival.
Make-A-Wish® Canada - Make-A-Wish Canada helps grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
JA Central Ontario - JA Central Ontario is committed to engaging students with education programs focused on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.
Adopt-A-Family - IFDS is proud to be a sponsor of the “Share Christmas Adopt-A-Family” program, run by the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre. This program supports families in the community and provides them with a Christmas hamper containing much-needed food and clothing as well as gifts to open on Christmas morning.
Other organizations to which IFDS and its employees have contributed time and financial support include: Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, SickKids and more.
Our green initiatives
In addition to supporting charities through volunteering and sponsorship, IFDS is committed to sustainability.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. This mentality is embedded in our culture and our business practices, which includes continually upgrading and investing in more energy-efficient technology and equipment.
Comprehensive recycling program
We have a comprehensive recycling plan with six streams of waste to keep materials from landfills. In our offices, we recycle all shredded paper and paper towels waste. Our employees are educated and encouraged to take advantage of organic bins and our different recycling programs.
Reducing paper usage
Being green is a priority when we develop and enhance our products. In 2009, we introduced touch screen classification, taking a huge step in reducing our paper waste as we move towards becoming the only transfer agency in Canada to operate in a paperless business processing environment.