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Corporate Social Responsibility: 2012 Annual Report

By Corporate Social Responsibility, Event highlights, Freeman Audio Visual Employees, Green AV, The ECOS Project

The heart of AVW-TELAV lies within its people who, individually and collectively, make being a responsible corporate citizen virtually effortless for the company. Through virtue of dedicated engaged employees and industry partners, we were able to make a substantial impact on the hunger epidemic across the country with the ECOS Project in 2012.

We’re also proud of our men with a sense of humility who, once again, took part in Movember, a moustache-growing initiative in which we raised more than $30,000 in support of prostate cancer and male mental health. But, we didn’t stop there! Although AVW-TELAV’s employees are 85% male, as a unified group, we also raised substantial funds for various organizations in support of breast cancer research.

In 2012, the green thumbs in our Purchasing Department were able to secure a National Battery Recycling Agreement, after months of research met with several roadblocks, like provincial restrictions and limitations on the types of batteries accepted for recycling. Moreover, AVW-TELAV solidified its commitment to raising awareness of the audio visual and presentation solutions business in Canada.

Click here to learn more about some of AVW-TELAV’s caring, daring and hair-raising 2012 initiatives, all in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility!

Corporate Social Responsibility: ECOS Third-year Final Results

By Canada, Corporate Social Responsibility, Event highlights, Freeman Audio Visual Employees, Meeting Professionals International, The ECOS Project

The 2011/12 term of the ECOS project was another record-breaking venture for MPI and AVW-TELAV volunteers and partners. We’re proud to announce the results of our joint corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, which touched the lives of even more community members than last year, with an increased total value of donated goods of 24%.

The ‘ECOS’ Project is an acronym standing for Events for Communities of Sustainability. This term took place between July 2011 and June 2012, with seven MPI Canadian Chapters participating, with support from local AVW-TELAV branches.

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ECOS Local Heroes Award

By Awards, Corporate Social Responsibility, Freeman Audio Visual Employees, Meeting Professionals International, The ECOS Project, Women in AV

AVW-TELAV is proud to announce that Janet Bennett, Director, Western Region and General Manager, Calgary, was named MPI Greater Calgary Chapter’s 2012 Local Hero. The ECOS Local Heroes Award was created to recognize an outstanding individual in a chapter’s community who has made a significant contribution to local CSR initiatives. This award was sponsored by Tourisme Quebec.

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AVW-TELAV’s 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Report

By Canada, Corporate Social Responsibility, Event highlights, Freeman Audio Visual Employees, The ECOS Project

Since being named one of three of the world’s first InfoComm International Green Award winners last year, we have given many interviews to the media and have been indentified in our industry as pioneers of the Green AV movement. This year, with the attention of the world on us, we felt privileged with the responsibility to aim at tackling social issues on a larger scale.

2011 saw the inception of our ‘You Care, So We Care’ committee, named after our company’s event-staging mantra, ‘You’re On, So We’re On’. This committee is made up of regional employee representatives from across the country. Its first national initiative was Movember, the month formerly known as November, in which men grow mustaches to raise money for men’s health awareness. The results of our first annual fundraiser were simply astonishing, as we surpassed our initial goal by more than $25,000. Other national endeavors included National Denim Day for a Cancer Cure and our ‘Events for Communities and Sustainability’ (ECOS) Project.

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Corporate Social Responsibility: ECOS enters its third year

By Canada, Corporate Social Responsibility, Freeman Audio Visual Employees, Meeting Professionals International, The ECOS Project

Now in its third year, Events for Communities of Sustainability—or ECOS—is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program launched in Canada by the MPI Foundation, MPI Canada Chapters, and AVW-TELAV. It was initiated as a framework to support sustainability in the communities where our members and partners live and do business.

Based on the principles of People, Planet and Profit and focused on supporting community groups related to Food, Water, Shelter and Education, ECOS’s 2011/2012 term has taken off with some great initiatives. Here are updates from Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Atlantic Canada.

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