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 more than 20 charities, 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. In addition, IFDS offers two employee community involvement programs: a paid day off to volunteer at an approved charitable organization of their choice, and a $1,000 donation to a charity where an employee has put in 175 hours of volunteer time in the past 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 fulfill the long term needs of individuals and communities.
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 the largest sponsor of their annual children's Grange festival as well as their Spend a Night program.
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) - Founded in 1983 by a group of pediatric oncologists to champion childhood cancer care and control. As the representative voice of the childhood cancer community, POGO works to ensure that all of Ontario's children have equal access to state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment and required ancillary services. IFDS is one the major sponsors of their annual fundraising gala.
Jim Hunter ALS Cycle for a cure - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, is a devastating neuromuscular disease. IFDS is one of the largest sponsors of the first annual Jim Hunter ALS Cycle for a Cure to help raise awareness and much-needed funds for ALS research.
PWA Foundation - The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) is the largest direct support service agency of its kind for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Canada. IFDS employees participate annually in the organization's Bike Rally from Toronto to Montreal. The Bike Rally is PWA's signature event – critical to the agency's ability to provide services to Toronto's HIV positive community.
The Hospital for Sick Children - SickKids is Canada’s leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health through the integration of patient care, research and education.
Adopt-A-Family - IFDS is the largest 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, Kids Help Phone, The Redwood, Hopespring, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Becel Heart & Stroke Ride, Ronald McDonald House, and more.
Our Green Initiatives
In addition to supporting charities through volunteering and sponsorship, IFDS in Canada is committed to sustainability.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint, this mentality is embedded into our culture and our business practices. For example, when we make deliveries in the downtown Toronto area, we use a local courier and request deliveries are made via walking or biking. In the summer time, we raise the temperature of our office environment by a few degrees to save energy. We also continually upgrade and invest in more energy efficient equipment.
Comprehensive recycling program
We have a comprehensive recycling plan with six streams of waste to keeps materials from landfills. In our offices, we recycle all shredded paper and our 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 moved towards becoming the only transfer agency in Canada to operate in a paperless business processing environment.