Weston Foods Corporate Responsibilty

Chairman’s Message

At George Weston Limited, we believe our responsibility as a business extends well beyond our shareholders to the community at large. It’s a commitment we take very seriously, as one of Canada’s largest publicly-traded companies and as a family-led firm with roots going back four generations to 1882, when George Weston went door-to-door in a horse drawn wagon delivering fresh baked bread to the people of Toronto.

Our firm’s role as a corporate leader also extends to the way we behave towards the environment. As bakers, distributors and retailers, we need to act responsibly to minimize our environmental footprint and continually strive for sustainable growth.

Our company, including Loblaw Companies Limited and Weston Foods, has played an important part in the commercial development of the country, providing jobs, investing in innovation, and creating opportunities for other businesses. But just as important is the investment we’ve made in our communities, to help strengthen them through social, cultural, educational and environmental initiatives. I am proud of the various charitable commitments that we have made across the group of businesses: either with in-kind donations, financial contributions or with employee volunteering.

In 2017, Loblaw committed $150 million over ten years to fight child hunger and poor nutrition in Canada through local school programs and social service agencies. In addition, George Weston Limited and Weston Foods’ annual employee fundraising campaign, Weston Seeding Stronger Communities, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of charities that help children and their families eat better and enjoy healthy activities. Those monies raised by our employees are matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the corporation. And through the SHOPPERS.LOVE.YOU campaign focusing on women’s health, more than $57 million has been donated back to charities in the past five years. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is also one of the country’s most active corporate charitable trusts. For sixty years the Foundation has made substantial contributions in the areas of education, medical research, and the environment.

Between corporate and charitable trust donations, including those of our customers and employees, we make more than $100 million in contributions annually to non-profit organizations across North America. We are proud to play such a substantial role in helping to strengthen our communities and grateful for the continued support of those we serve and with whom we work every day.

Galen G. Weston
Chairman and CEO

George Weston Limited

George Weston Limited and its subsidiaries are focused on improving the quality of life in the communities where our employees live and work.

Loblaw Companies Limited

Loblaw Companies Limited strive to be strong corporate citizens, and we commit to operating in a way which benefits the regions in which we operate, our employees and our stakeholders. Our operations touch almost every community across Canada and we take this responsibility seriously. For more information, please go to www.loblaw.com.

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation, associated with the Weston group of companies.
To learn more about the Foundation, please go to www.westonfoundation.org