10 commitments to sustainability – A collaborative effort

Part 2 of 3

Port Saint John is a member of AiVP – an organization with a mission to improve relations between cities and ports by promoting dialogue and cooperation. AiVP created the 10 commitments for sustainable action in 2018 to be used as a framework for the sustainable development of port cities. Each one of the commitments is connected to multiple United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

As a member Port with AiVP, we are also working towards these 10 commitments, but we couldn’t be successful without the collaboration of our Port partners. In recognition of all the great sustainability work happening around our Port, we have highlighted one organization for each one of the 10 commitments to show how we can achieve even more when working together. To read Part one of this series featuring commitments 1-3, click here.

Commitment #4: Renewed Governance – CN Railway

CN has a strong commitment to continuously improving our environmental, social and governance practices. CN’s most recent efforts include updates to Board governance policies, the creation of the CN Indigenous Advisory Council, an annual advisory vote on CN’s Climate Action Plan, and advancing diversity and inclusion throughout the organization to better reflect our communities and customers. Learn more about their new ESG initiatives here. Read stories about their Employee Resources Groups here.

“Delivering Responsibly is at the heart of how CN is building a sustainable future.  It means moving customers’ goods safely and efficiently, being environmentally responsible, attracting, developing and retaining diverse talent, helping build safer, stronger communities, and adhering to the highest ethical standards.” – Janet Drysdale, Vice-President, Sustainability 

Sustainable Development Goals: 10 – Reduced inequality, 13 – Climate action

Commitment #5: Investing in Human Capital – J.D. Irving, Limited

As one of New Brunswick’s largest employers of NBCC graduates and a continued supporter of University of New Brunswick, J.D. Irving, Limited is committed to investing in the next generation of employees. Keeping and growing the talented next generation here at home with rewarding work experiences is important to us.   

With 2,500+ student roles to fill in the next three years, having an on-campus presence is an integral part of our recruitment strategy. Through major investments in scholarships and student training, each year we hire before graduation 1 in 4 new co-op students, growing not only a stronger workforce but an opportunity for our local economy to flourish.   

We are a company focused on investing in the talent and potential of our people and offer a unique opportunity to join one operation and grow a career with many of our businesses. We are developing the next generation of leaders and in the next three years we’re forecasted to fill almost 7,900 jobs across all levels in the organization. With campaigns such as Hired Before Graduation, our goal is to recruit and grow new graduates with leadership potential, offering them opportunity to step directly into a career and continue to focus on growth and development beyond academia.   

Each year, the company awards scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary education whose parents are our valued employees.  In 2020, with all divisions offering continued scholarship programs, J.D. Irving, Limited has supported its employees and their children with over $100,000 in funding.   

Not only are the students’ parents valued members of the J.D. Irving workforce but, many of the recipients have or are working for the company and are eligible for pre-offered employment through our co-op programs.  

While employing over 450 students safely and effectively during the pandemic, our students and future generation of workers have been able to continue to collaborate across 8 unique divisions, expanding beyond their field of study and building their skills enterprise-wide.  Committing to investing in our future generation means committing to investing in the future of not only our business but the growing potential of the City of Saint John and its people.   

Sustainable Development Goals: 4 – Quality education, 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9 – Industry Innovation and Infrastructure, 17 – Partnerships for the goals

Commitment #6: Port Culture and Identity – Port Saint John

Port Saint John fosters Port culture and identity through multiple events and initiatives throughout the year.   

In celebration of Canada 150, Port Saint John created Long Wharf trail in partnership with TD, which created new waterfront access and view of Port activity. Long Wharf Trail is also home to a labour monument honouring workers who have lost their lives working on the waterfront, and a military commemoration, ‘Standing Ready’.  

Port facilities are often used as in-kind donations to local charities. Just one of many examples is the Emergency Food Program which, during the early days of the pandemic, was run out of the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal.  

Through Port Saint John educational programming, local students get the chance to visit Port terminals by bus including Barrack Point Potash Terminal, DP World Terminal and AIM Recycling. Students learn about possible careers and the ins and outs of Port operations which are so much a part of the community in which they live.  

In 2020, Port Saint John entered a partnership with the Saint John Arts Centre (SJAC) which included a six-year naming agreement for the largest gallery at SJAC and the launch of a biennial Port Artist Residency. This year, in partnership with Port Saint John and the Saint John Arts Centre, Sarah Sackville, a professional artist, will create and exhibit a new body of work capturing the Port from many aspects and through changing seasons. 

Sustainable Development Goals: 4 – Quality education, 8 – Decent work and economic growth, 17 – Partnerships for the goals

Stay tuned for Part 3 to find out how Port Saint John and its partners are working towards sustainability together.