We encourage our associates to volunteer their time for worthy causes through paid time off for just that purpose.
In 2013, the U.S. office arranged two service days with activities ranging from creek restoration to beautification efforts at local schools, to maintenance projects at the Oakland Zoo. Our Canadian associates shut the Montreal office for a day of trash pick-up along the Griffontown area canal. European team members will participate in their first annual community/service day in 2014.
Each year, U.S. corporate employees receive 24 paid volunteer hours while retail members may use eight hours. The U.S. team has been tracking the usage of this time since the program began in 2010, with the goal of achieving a 30 percent usage rate by 2012. The team exceeded that goal and tracked a 44 percent participation rate in 2013, donating over 11,000 hours of time throughout the year.