BRAMPTON, ON, Oct. 10, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - (TSX: L) - For the fourth year in a row, Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw), one
of Canada's largest private sector employers, has been named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. The only grocery retailer on the list, this
honour was given in recognition of the Company's efforts to engage
colleagues and inspire ongoing learning, igniting their passions for
their work, their communities and the millions of people they interact
with every day.
"We are honoured to once again be recognized as a Top 100 employer for
2013," says Judy McCrie, executive vice president, Human Resources and
Labour Relations, Loblaw Companies Limited. "Being a great place to
work is an ongoing process and receiving this award tells us that we
are on the right track to creating the work culture and environment we
are striving towards."
Being a great place to work is one of Loblaw's five corporate social
responsibility principles and helps shape the Company's approach to
colleague engagement. Among the initiatives that helped Loblaw earn its
place on Canada's Top 100 Employers list:
Loblaw continues to advance Best Leadership initiatives holding 16
development sessions in 2011 for more than 240 participants.
Development centres offer online and in-person exercises that help
assess participants' skills and motivations and provide input for
individual development plans and career progression. These activities
help lay the foundation for leadership and people development at
Loblaw continues to provide colleagues with opportunities to learn new
skills and to further enhance existing skills. In 2011, nearly 50,000
colleagues were trained at Loblaw Learning Centres, which are fully
equipped training facilities. The Loblaw Virtual Learning Centre also
offers 250 e-courses for colleagues.
Loblaw is committed to increasing colleague engagement through action
planning and colleague recognition programs such as:
"Tell it as it is" survey: The colleague "tell it as it is" survey findings provide a valuable
indication of how Loblaw is doing in its goal to be a great place to
work. In 2012, 90% of colleagues participated nationally and scores for
questions around learning and developing new skills and working for a
company that reflects the nation's diversity have increased year over
"Our Shared Values": In 2012, over 2,000 Loblaw colleagues from coast-to-coast at every level
of the business came together with a common purpose to refresh the
Company's set of shared values by clearly defining what is important to
Loblaw colleagues. The feedback they provided was constructive as
colleagues discussed both victories and challenges they experience
day-to-day to help shape the Company's Shared Values.
"Above and Beyond the Call of Duty" Colleague Recognition Program
(ABCD): Loblaw's national ABCD Recognition Program is designed to acknowledge
colleagues who live our shared values and go above and beyond what is
expected in their job. All full-time, part-time and temporary
colleagues can nominate or be nominated for recognition under the ABCD
Grad @ Loblaw Program:
Loblaw is committed to recruiting the most talented graduates from
across Canada based on a combination of their academic results,
community service and passion for serving customers, for employment
opportunities throughout the organization.
New graduates who are accepted into the program enter into an 18-month
rotational program that covers multiple streams including store
management, supply chain, merchandising, marketing, IT, finance and
human resources - participants of the program receive full benefits and
pay for the duration of the program.
Upon successful completion of the program, grads are placed in a role in
their destination department.
Since 2009, Loblaw has hired over 400 colleagues into the Grad@Loblaw
For more information about the Grad@Loblaw Program or any other job
opportunities at Loblaw, please visit www.loblaw.ca/careers.
Corporate Social Responsibility:
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is critical to Loblaw's overall
business success. Feeding Canadians from coast to coast, creating jobs,
supporting local economies and donating and granting millions of
dollars annually to local charitable causes, the Company works hard to
make a positive difference in the communities it serves. For more
information about Loblaw's commitment to CSR, visit www.loblaw.ca/csr.
Loblaw has made great strides in several areas of CSR. A few highlights
In 2011, President's Choice® Children's Charity granted $10.6 million to more than 1,800 families
across Canada and donated an additional $2.75 million to fund more
4,000 nutrition programs across Canada.
Together with their colleagues, customers and vendors, Loblaw Companies
donated more than $38 million to charities and non-profit organizations
across Canada in 2011.
In 2011, as part of the Extra Helping™ food drive, Loblaw raised $1.4 million in cash donations and collected
1.5 million pounds of food for local food banks across Canada. Loblaw
also contributed $250,000 to the Food Banks Canada's National Food
In 2011, Loblaw diverted 78% of waste from landfill in corporate
distribution centres; 75% in store support centres; and 60% in
Now entering its thirteenth year, Canada's Top 100 Employers is an annual competition to determine which employers lead their
industries in offering top workplaces for their employees. Employers
are evaluated based on eight criteria, which have remained consistent
since the competition's inception: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work
Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4)
Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance
Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community
Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their
field to determine which offers the most progressive and
To develop this year's Top 100 list, Mediacorp examined the recruitment
histories of over 75,000 employers across Canada that it tracks for its
popular job search site, Eluta.ca. From this initial group, Mediacorp invited 15,000 of the
fastest-growing employers to apply, plus another 5,000 companies and
organizations in industries that it wanted to examine more closely.
Employers completed an extensive application process that included a
detailed review of their operations and HR practices. Over 3,250
employers started this year's application process. The final applicant
pool was up over last year's total, which was also a record.
About Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is
Canada's largest food retailer and a leading provider of drugstore,
general merchandise and financial products and services. Loblaw is one
of the largest private sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000
corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its
franchisees employ more than 135,000 full-time and part-time employees.
Through its portfolio of store formats, Loblaw is committed to
providing Canadians with a wide, growing and successful range of
products and services to meet the everyday household demands of
Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and
value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control
(private) label program, including the unique President's Choice®, no
name® and Joe Fresh® brands. In addition, the Company makes available
to consumers President's Choice Financial® services and offers the PC®
points loyalty program.