At Nutcracker Sweet Gift Baskets, we view our organization as an important corporate citizen in the community. We want to ensure our business practices are respectful to the needs of society and take the necessary steps to avoid impacting the environment negatively. In order to ensure this goal, we take part in responsible and above board business practices and have instituted Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives within the organization. With a rise of risks imposed on the environment from individuals and companies alike, Nutcracker Sweet Gift Baskets wants to decrease their ecological footprint in any way we can. Thus, within our everyday business operations, we have adopted initiatives to ensure we do our best to protect the environment.
We are committed in using only biodegradable packing peanuts for the filling and packaging of all of our gift baskets. Our packing peanuts are made from corn starch, which is 100% biodegradable, natural and nontoxic! Anyone can easily dispose their packing chips by letting them dissolve under running water or throwing them into a compost pile! Accumulating waste has had a terrible effect on our environment. It was crucial for us to adopt these packing chips into our everyday business practices.
Nutcracker Sweet Gift Baskets encourages its staff to actively participate in reducing waste, reusing, and recycling as much as possible! We encourage all of our staff, from our warehouse employees to our customer service representatives, to be aware and conscious of the accumulation of waste and to recycle. Nutcracker Sweet Gift Baskets is responsible to provide the staff with the correct resources. Thus, we have a number of recycling bins located throughout the facility. The employees are kindly reminded to recycle as much as possible!
As mentioned, the Management staff knows how important it is to provide employees with the resources to avoid taking part in the harm being done to the environment. A huge and growing concern is the accumulation of plastic pollution, specifically plastic water bottles. We have utilized Cedar Springs Water systems to provide water to the employees and the staff have been asked to use a reusable water container. We have observed that providing employees with this option has definitely decreased the need to bring a different plastic water bottle into work every day.
Within our Nutcracker Sweet Gift Baskets facility, we have adopted energy-efficient lighting all through the warehouse and office. Despite the expensive price tag attached to this form of lighting, we observed a huge advantage within the business but, more importantly, outside of the business. These light bulbs can last 3 to 25 times longer than regular light bulbs, thus saving money in the long run. We work in partner with all our suppliers to preserve energy, reduce waste and adopt more sustainable business practices.
At Nutcracker Sweet Gift Baskets, we aim to never miss a charity event! And in order to do that, we often treat our wonderful staff to treats, snacks and even meals! While other organizations host their own charity events, Nutcracker Sweet Gift Baskets is a proud supporter of all charities. For example, during Tim Horton’s Camp Day, the staff was treated to a delicious morning coffee and donuts thus donating to the Tim Hortons' Children Camps organization. Similarly, on McHappy day hosted by McDonald's, McDonald meals were provided to the staff because a portion of each purchase was donated to support Ronald McDonald’s House Charities. In the same manner, lunch was on the boss during Pizza Nova’s fundraising event for Variety Village, to support young people with disabilities or facing developmental barriers to acheive life goals. There are a number of charity events that the Nutcracker Sweet Gift Baskets team is proud to support and be future participants!
At Nutcracker Sweet, many of our clients have asked us to participate in their favourite charities by donating a basket and we are always happy to oblige . Over the years, we have donated many baskets and believe it to be an integral part of our corporate responsibility to the community. Also, any unused and short dated food is donated to one of the major Toronto food banks so it can be given to people in need. Nothing goes to waste. Our employees also have their favourite charities and Nutcracker Sweet never misses an opportunity to donate to these charities when the need arises.
A special partnership has been forged with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. A donation for the purchase price of a custom baby ribbon will be given to Crohn’s and Colitis. This custom ribbon is only $5.00 and 100% of this money will be donated. We are hoping to raise $2500 throughout the year for this worthy cause. Your participation is greatly appreciated!