From our Board, through our leadership ranks and across our workforce, we believe Toromont has a role to play in the health and wellbeing of the communities where we live and work.
In line with our values and focus on social responsibility, Toromont encourages community volunteerism through our Day of Caring Policy. We provide all employees with paid time off to volunteer for a charitable cause of their choice. Toromont’s official charity is United Way, an organization chosen because it reaches all communities connected to our business units and provides opportunities for our employees to work together, in an enjoyable way, to focus fundraising efforts for the biggest community impact. We also encourage our business units to contribute to philanthropic causes in their local markets as Toromont Material Handling did in 2021 by auctioning this pink Cat 2C5000 with proceeds donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Indigenous engagement is important to Toromont. We service customers operating in or near Indigenous communities and benefit when Indigenous peoples choose to join our workforce. With the oversight of our Board of Directors through its ESG Committee and under the leadership of senior management, we work to provide support and build sustainable and collaborative relationships with Indigenous peoples in several ways.
As noted in our 2021 Indigenous Engagement Report, we group our strategies under four pillars:
Recruiting, employment and development: Toromont is committed to enabling and promoting Indigenous employment, training and development in our industry and our workforce. We collaborate and engage with Indigenous communities, business partners and customers to make meaningful contributions to advance workforce representation, as well as the professional and vocational success of Indigenous people. This includes delivering local community site-based, on-the-job training and our Equipment Technician Apprenticeship program. Additionally, two THINK BIG Apprenticeship scholarships are earmarked each year to qualified Indigenous candidates.
Awareness, inclusion and education: Indigenous people are explicitly recognized under our Diversity Policy and Toromont’s Code of Conduct. We provide regular reports to our ESG Committee of the Board of Directors on the goals, objectives and progress of our diversity initiatives, including Indigenous matters.
Procurement and supplier initiatives: We actively seek opportunities to engage with Indigenous organizations and businesses for the supply of goods and services in communities where we operate. This includes purchasing personal protective equipment and other regular consumables from qualified Indigenous firms as available and making travel arrangements with Canadian North member airlines and reserving lodging with Inns North. We track Indigenous procurement spending on a localized basis in order to measure community impact.
Communities and business partnerships: Toromont has a long history of collaborating and joining with Indigenous organizations to create and sustain mutually beneficial business relationships. We have entered into numerous joint ventures, each with the support of Toromont’s senior leaders. Toromont Arctic is a joint venture owned by Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, Sakku Investment Corporation, Kitikmeot Corporation, and Toromont Cat that sells, rents and provides support services for equipment in two primary locations: Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Innu-Inuit Toromont is a partnership between IDLP, the economic arm for the Innu of Labrador, the Nunatsiavut Group of Companies, and Toromont Cat. This partnership was established primarily to supply new, used and rental equipment and parts for the development of the Voisey’s Bay underground mine. Our Northeastern Ontario Joint Venture with a Moose Cree First Nation organization serves mines in the Abitibi-Greenstone Belt of the province.
We will continue to build on the four pillars of our Indigenous engagement strategies. We will continue to seek ways to grow our joint venture businesses and seek opportunities to contribute to the advancement of Indigenous communities. We will maintain our recruitment and development efforts in Indigenous communities and seek to enhance awareness, inclusion and education of our workforce to ensure Toromont remains a welcoming workplace.
2021 Key Outcomes and Actions
- maintained three joint ventures with Indigenous companies as part of our Indigenous engagement activities and published our first Indigenous Engagement Report (see www.toromont.com)
- actively engaged with Indigenous organizations and businesses for the supply of goods and services in communities where we operate
- maintained targeted recruitment activities