Change

Over the past few years, the ALDO Group has implemented a plan to integrate environmental considerations into the strategic business decisions and day-to-day operations of our corporate headquarters. We refer to this new direction as CHANGE.

Here are some examples of our current CHANGE areas of action and how we have been working to reduce our social and environmental impacts.

ALDO GROUP HEAD OFFICE
DISTRIBUTION CENTER
SUPPLY CHAIN
RAISING AWARENESS
DIVERTING WASTE FROM LANDFILLS
REDUCING WASTE AT THE SOURCE
WATER EFFICIENCY
SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
COMMUNITY GARDEN
COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE & ON-SITE FARMERS’ MARKET


ALDO GROUP HEAD OFFICE
When it was built in 2004, the ALDO Group head office was designed to be a sustainable workplace. It features efficient fluorescent lighting, heat-recovery technology and is surrounded by mature trees and vegetation that help regulate the building’s climate. The atrium skylight spans the building’s length so that all occupants benefit from a maximum of natural sunlight during office hours. 


DISTRIBUTION CENTRE
We have implemented efficient lighting and ventilation at our international distribution centre in Montreal, making the 830,000 square foot building 60 percent more energy efficient than before.


SUPPLY CHAIN
Our carbon reduction efforts extend to our entire distribution network. We encourage efficient inbound transport practices that increase container loading and reduce shipping air when possible. Eco-driving training is provided to the entire ALDO Group truck fleet to ensure maximum fuel efficiency.


RAISING AWARENESS
We are constantly seeking to reduce our corporate carbon footprint as a result of our global operations. We also feel it is our responsibility to raise awareness and mobilise our team members to take action in reducing their personal carbon footprints. With 530 head office team members signing up and 616 tons of carbon offset, the ALDO Group was awarded first place in its category for participation in the 2012 Climate Change (Défi Climat) challenge.


DIVERTING WASTE FROM LANDFILLS
The ALDO Group head office and distribution centre were officially recognised by the Quebec Government's ICI ON RECYCLE program for responsible waste reduction and management practices. After successfully reaching level 2 certification for "Implementation" in 2011, the ALDO Group was awarded a Silver "Performance" certification in 2012 in the level 3 category for attaining an impressive recycling rate of 81 percent. Measures implemented include office-wide organics collection for composting, a take back program for office pens and markers, and a zero-waste cafeteria.


REDUCING WASTE AT THE SOURCE
The ALDO Group has implemented measures to reduce product-packaging waste at the source and was honoured to receive a special distinction from RECYC-QUÉBEC in 2012 for implementing ALDO NEXT STEP. This initiative significantly reduced the consumption of single-use plastic bags throughout our stores by modifying the design of the ALDO shoebox to include a handle. We have since then rolled-out the innovative box design to our other brands and banners.


WATER EFFICIENCY
As a fashion footwear retailer and distributor, water consumption is not one of the biggest impacts that result from our direct operations. However we still consider efficient water management part of being a responsible company.

We installed water-efficient bathroom fixtures in our new offices and phased out 100 percent of 18.5 L bottled water dispensers at our distribution centre and head office. Consuming filtered tap water not only promotes more sustainable water consumption but it reduces packaging waste at the source and air pollution from the delivery of water bottles.

The diverse urban flora on the ALDO Group campus is kept hydrated by an intelligent irrigation system that detects soil humidity levels to reduce watering unnecessarily on wet days. This is in addition to a rainwater drainage basin that collects storm runoff.


SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
We encourage all our team members to adopt more sustainable transport practices at the ALDO Group’s main campus. An online carpool program facilitates the creation of carpool teams and over 20 parking spots are reserved for carpoolers. A policy against idling motors is also in place in all our parking lots and we request that team members carpool when commuting to and from corporate events.

ALDO Group cyclists have access to shower and indoor parking facilities to make it easier to bike to work over the summer months. Vélo Québec has certified the ALDO Group as an active participant that encourages team members to bike to work as a mode of transportation.


COMMUNITY GARDEN
Each year, the ALDO Group offers over 50 team members the unique opportunity to grow and harvest their own organic-certified vegetables through a one-of-a-kind office community garden program. Team members are taught to apply organic agriculture techniques to control pests and weeds and are encouraged to work in teams to share daily gardening tasks.


COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE & ON-SITE FARMERS’ MARKET
The ALDO Group is a proud supporter of the local food movement. Through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, participating ALDO Group team members receive freshly harvested organic vegetables from a local, non-profit farm delivered directly to the head office. Registered team members are provided with recipes related to the vegetables they receive that week and each participant uses a reusable bag to carry their produce home.

We also express our appreciation of local food and the people who make it possible by organising a seasonal farmers’ market. The ALDO Group Farmers’ Market provides an opportunity for hundreds of team members to buy top-quality, farm-fresh products directly from local farmers without ever having to set foot out of the office.