Corporate Social Responsibility
Social responsibility is an important part of the Canadian Medical Auction’s strategy. As the core of our business extends the life of medical equipment, we bring benefits to those who receive the much-needed equipment as well as avoiding significant amounts of landfill waste.
Our social and corporate responsibility goes much further than equipment remarketing and includes:-
- Supporting the local community via volunteering days
- Engaging with local colleges to provide work experience opportunities
- Offsetting each employee’s work and personal carbon footprint
The environment is very important to Canadian Medical Auctions and we take our responsibility very seriously.
Through our Standard Operating Procedures, we seek to continually improve the effectiveness of our processes to deliver on our commitment to:
- enhance our environmental performance
We are committed to fulfilling our compliance obligations such as all agreed customer requirements, applicable legislation, regulations and codes of practice, including:
- Managing our mileage
- Reducing our energy usage in the office
- Managing waste to minimize landfill waste
- Carbon offsetting
Engaging with colleges and work experience
The team at Canadian Medical Auctions hail from very different backgrounds - logistics, warehouse, clinical, accounting, commercial and administrative. As such our staff are well-placed to engage with students wishing to embark on certain careers.
As a successful local employer, we provide paid work experience for students and graduates from colleges and universities within our community. We ensure students are given exposure to as wide a range of activities as possible. Actively avoiding menial jobs, we choose instead to inspire and excite with stimulating and challenging work!
A second life for used medical equipment
In many cases equipment being retired from use here in Canada can be reused in less well-developed countries. A hugely positive impact of this activity is the money that is returned into our public healthcare services as a result of the sale of their used equipment.
Many of our buyers recondition, service and validate the equipment they buy from us and then utilize this in other clinical settings. This means that patients who may otherwise not have had access to healthcare equipment in less well-developed countries, receive the care they need.
Other buyers harvest equipment for spare parts. This not only reduces the environmental impact in terms of landfill, but also in terms of the production of new parts.
Whilst travel is an inevitable part of our business, we do try to limit this with the commercial team using conference and video calls as much as possible.
Equipment collection entails travel. However, we use the most appropriate vehicle possible to maximize efficiency.
Office energy usage
CMA operate on the principles of "reduce, reuse, recycle" across the business operation, in order to reduce energy usage and pollution.
Landfill avoidance and limitation of e-waste
We will endeavor to sell all equipment collected, including those items that are suitable for spares and repair, whilst clearly indicating this to the bidders. Should any equipment not reach sale through our auctions, equipment will be processed for recycling via our recycling partners, and in line with provincial and federal e-waste guidelines.
Despite all the efforts we make, the reduction targets we set ourselves and the focus we give to environmental issues, we recognize that we still have an impact on the world in which we live.
That is why we have partnered with Ecologi to help us achieve a carbon neutral workforce as a group (BMA, FME and CMA). Ecologi have calculated our monthly impact to fund various certified projects. This includes the planting of 300 trees per month to remove almost 30 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.
As a company that conducts business around the world, we support a truly global range of projects; one example is our reforestation project in the Scottish highlands.
Photo Credit: Eden Reforestation Projects / Ecologi
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