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Rotary announces their Ethics in Business Award nominees
The Rotary Clubs of Delta, in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Enactus KPU, have announced four finalists for the 2013 Delta Rotary Business Ethics Awards.
According to a press release by Rotary, the four finalists have been selected for their exemplary business practices in the Rotary Club’s Four-Way Test of truthful communications, the creation of goodwill relationships, fair treatment of others, and creating benefit for others.
The company bios:
Feelgood Treat Company, Ltd
Owner Mark Redman brought the Feelgood Treat Company to Delta four years ago from North Vancouver when he purchased the company from the original owners. Feelgood Treat Company makes high quality, preservative-free treats for dogs, cats, and horses. Mark donates a significant amount of product to animal shelters and other animal-friendly organizations locally, regionally, and nationally. Mark employs and buys locally wherever possible to support the community and lists his suppliers on his website as a way of being transparent with his customers about the source of the ingredients he uses.
His employees enjoy a family atmosphere and flexible work schedule to promote a work-life balance. In addition, Mark offers training and education opportunities to encourage a learning culture. He actively seeks employee and customer feedback for the purpose of continuous improvement and tailors his product line, packaging and marketing strategies to fill his customers’ needs. The company is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by reducing product packing and actively recycling which has resulted in almost zero waste.
Houweling’s Tomatoes began in 1956 as a nursery. Casey Houweling took the family business into tomato cultivation in 1976, expanding its operations to Camarillo, CA in 1996. Casey is deeply committed to community of Delta as evidenced by his support of local business associations and his generous donations to school district food programs, three lower mainland food banks, numerous local charities, and Casey’s own Seeds of Tomorrow Project. The Seeds of Tomorrow Project helps build greenhouses in Guatemala to educate and enable people to propagate crops. They also provide quality housing for their temporary workers on site as well as transportation to shopping, entertainment and other amenities. They strive to provide living wages to all of their workers.
Houweling’s Tomatoes is deeply committed to environmental protection as a core business value with more than 90% of waste recycled. They have applied to introduce new technology that will not only provide clean energy for their own production process but which has the potential to return excess power back to the BC Hydro grid.
Unifiller Systems, Inc.
Unifiller Systems Inc manufactures portioning depositors for bakeries and food industry manufacturers internationally. The company enjoys a 96% customer return rate. The owners reside in Delta and are committed to the community by sponsoring employee-initiated donations to various charities and causes and by advocating industry improvements through membership in a number of business associations. They buy locally whenever possible and adhere to extensive waste management policies that result in almost zero waste.
Unifiller Systems Inc strives to provide a safe and healthy workplace that engages their employees and ensures work-life balance. They offer flexible scheduling, training and coaching, fitness facilities, and stress management policies to prevent work-related stress. They offer mobility opportunities within the company to encourage creativity and innovation and host monthly social events to build relationships between employees.
Owner Terry Bremner is a resident and healthy living advocate who takes pride in the quality and health benefits of the products he produces and sells in his store. He features numerous products crafted by local artisans in order to help other local entrepreneurs build their own businesses.
Terry restored the farm on 88th Street that is now Wellbrook Winery, saving as many of the original buildings as possible and recycling much of the wood and original materials from the farm in the process.
Terry also takes great pride in his staff and the consistently excellent service that they provide. He credits them for creating the friendly atmosphere that keeps customers coming back. The staff at Wellbrook enjoy a family atmosphere and feel as though they are valued as part of a team. Environmental protection is another core value of Terry’s business. The Winery has zero waste as they compost almost all of it and recycle what cannot be composted.
About the Delta Rotary Business Ethics Award
The award is sponsored by the Delta Rotary Clubs (North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen) and will be presented at the Delta Chamber of Commerce’s Hats Off to Excellence Gala Awards ceremony on Nov. 15, 2013 at the Delta Town and Country Inn (6-10 p.m.
Enactus KPU, comprised of students from the Business Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, worked with the Rotary Clubs of Delta to design the recruitment and selection process for the award.