Oakville Chamber of Commerce Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

The Chamber’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy’s guiding principle is to encourage a positive impact on our employees, members and our community through our activities in the following five key areas:
  • Membership
  • Employee Health and Safety
  • Community Engagement
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Local Sourcing
1. Membership As an organization, the Oakville Chamber of Commerce strives to conduct our business in a socially responsible manner. The Oakville Chamber of Commerce understands that our success is only possible through the active engagement of our members. We will leverage our resources, expertise, products and services, affinity benefits and relationships for the benefit of our members and the Oakville community through advocacy, networking and educational opportunities. We are accountable through the following examples:
  • Advocacy initiatives related to municipal, regional, provincial and federal issues and working in partnership on issues with the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce
  • Providing networking, informational and educational opportunities at Chamber events including Business After Hours, Good Morning Oakville, Small Business Week, Golf
  • Tournament, Chair’s Dinner, Oakville Awards for Business Excellence, seminars and roundtables with elected officials and guest speakers
2. Employee Engagement, Health and Safety We strive to be an employer of choice for talented, dedicated people. Our employees are the Chamber’s most valuable asset. We thrive on the diverse talents of our employees, and we treat those talents with dignity and respect. Yet we know that having diversity in our workforce is not enough. We must create an inclusive environment where all people can contribute their best work. Our goal is to ensure our employees work in a safe environment free from violence or harassment. We are accountable through the following examples:
  • Flexible work environment
  • Year-end performance awards
  • Yearly staff performance reviews
  • Encourage and cover the cost of staff development
  • Staff input is actively solicited as part of our major decision making process
  • Health and Safety Officer on staff
  • Creation of a Chamber Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) policy
  • Creation of Bill 168 Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment Plan
3. Community Engagement The prosperity of our members is directly linked to the prosperity of the community in which we live, work and play. The Chamber is therefore committed to supporting local community initiatives that enhance opportunities for existing businesses and attract new businesses to Oakville. We provide volunteer assistance, planning guidance and we facilitate connections with business and community leaders. We provide access to membership and its benefits at a preferred rate for registered charities and not-for-profit organizations. As for the Chamber itself, the flexibility of our work environment means that each employee can contribute locally in a way that is most relevant and appropriate for themselves and their community. We are accountable through the following examples:
  • Charitable membership rate for registered charities
  • Special rate consideration for not-for-profit organizations
  • Volunteer support of community events
  • Diversity of our Special Events – informative, non-judgmental, non-partisan
  • Oakville Awards for Business Excellence
  • Presenting Environmental Awareness with our community partners
4. Environmental Stewardship Environmental stewardship is part of our business relationships. The Chamber facilitates ways that businesses can become aware and contribute to environmental issues affecting our community. We are accountable through the following examples:
  • Key partner in local environmental initiatives
  • Leadership in air quality legislation
  • Environmental considerations in running our office
5. Local Sourcing Together, we can support our community by sourcing locally. This makes excellent business sense and there are clear benefits to the environment. The Chamber, as a guiding principle, wherever possible, partners with members directly when in need of services, suppliers or products. If pricing and quality are competitive, we choose suppliers whose products or services are located in Oakville and/or manufactured in Canada, and meet the laws of this country. We are accountable through the following examples:
  • Purchase product and services locally
  • I Shop Oakville Campaign
  • Host all Events locally
  • Partner with Go Local initiative