McCain was founded more than five decades ago on good and responsible business ethics. We are proud of where we've come from and continue to live by these ethics to this day, which is why we put sustainability at the center of everything we do.
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We source energy as responsibly as we can, including operating our own renewable energy sources like wind turbines and biogas plants.
We have practical programs to ensure sustainable agricultural production – this includes alignment to international standards such as the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative.
Have challenging waste eradication and recycling targets.
We seek to minimize the impact of our production and distribution operations, including care for land, air and water, biodiversity and minimization of resource use.
We have an early adoption approach to relevant new technology – for example pioneering work on anaerobic lagoons, reverse osmosis and heat recovery.
We underpin all of this by constant, detailed tracking of performance and a tangible commitment to continuous improvement.
McCain Foods contributes to worthy causes around the world – we are proud to integrate into the communities where we operate and play a positive role in improving the quality of life for our employees, their families and their neighbourhoods.
This involvement is mostly driven locally and managed by the individual regions, so the support we give can take many forms – generous efforts of our people, transfer of knowledge and expertise to growers, donation of products and services, sponsorships that inspire broad participation towards worthwhile goals and, sometimes, direct financial support. For information about giving and partnership opportunities in your region,
please contact your local McCain regional office.
In addition to local community support, our company funds The McCain Foundation – a philanthropic organization, largely supporting initiatives in the Atlantic provinces of Canada where McCain Foods was founded. The McCain Foundation has five areas of support; arts & culture, community projects, health & wellness, education and environment. For more information about the support offered and how to apply,
The company also supports social business and in 2013 McCain Foods signed an alliance with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Muhammad Yunus, to kick-start the ‘Campo Vivo’ project. This was the first South American joint venture between a multinational company and the Yunus Social Business – the project’s aim is to improve the quality of life of Colombian farmers.
Campo Vivo benefits underprivileged farming families in Colombia who face many challenges. Some lack the necessary land or resources to produce crops and many farmers have been displaced by the armed conflict in the country. By providing education and support services via the Campo Vivo Cultivation Center of Excellence, the project helps them to successfully develop commercially viable potato, carrot and pea farming businesses in a fair and sustainable way.
To see Campo Vivo in action, click here.
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