ECR Awards – Excellence in Corporate Responsibility

Can we brag for a moment? We have some good news to share! We’ve just learned that TAS has received an honourable mention for the 2013 Excellence in Corporate Responsibility (ECR) Awards in our category of Building, Design and Development.

The ECR Awards program is designed to recognize and celebrate the work of Canadian businesses and corporate individuals with a strong corporate social responsibility mandate. It is an honour to be recognized among a group of companies that are taking meaningful and measureable actions leading to environmental sustainability and ethical business practices.

In particular, TAS was recognized for our commitment to our Four Pillars of Sustainability, demonstrated by various neighbourhood and staff engagement initiatives, the adoption of 100% green power for our head office building, our recent B-Corp certification, as well as our tradition of innovative and sustainable building design.

The companies that took first place in the Building, Design and Development category (there were 2 first place awards given) are well deserved of the award. Take a look at ECR’s website to get sense of the sustainability initiatives being undertaken by Oxford Properties Group and Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co.

In the final question of the application, we were asked to obtain quotes from people whose businesses and organizations are impacted by TAS’s approach to social and environmental responsibility. Below are the statements we received.

Aw shucks, thanks guys!

“Our relationship with TAS began as partnership to create the Junction Flea Market on TAS’s future development site. We now look to TAS as a trusted and reliable source for ideas and advice now that our business and brand is expanding”
– Micah Lenahan, Co-Founder, The Junction Flea

Working with TAS has allowed Cultivate Toronto to make a significant difference in growing and providing fresh, healthy food to the residents of Regent Park. We look forward to our continued relationship together animating spaces and providing more fresh produce to other neighbourhoods in Toronto.
– Christopher Wong, Co-Founder and Board Member, Cultivate Toronto

“What is distinctive about TAS is its integrative approach. Truly successful design is a testament to a community’s past, present and future and they fundamentally get that.”
– Ran Goel, Founder, Fresh City Farms