Courchesne Larose Receives Recognition for Sustainability Efforts with ECORESPONSIBLE™ Certification
MONTREAL, CANADA - Courchesne Larose, a Canadian distributor, received recognition for its environmental and social business processes. Awarded the ECORESPONSIBLE™ Certification, Level 2. Performance, this milestone marks why the sustainable development at the core of the company's mission is so important.
“We are very proud to obtain the second level of the internationally recognized ECORESPONSIBLE Certification. As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, it is essential for Courchesne Larose to mobilize its teams and constantly reinvent itself in order to take concrete actions to improve our environmental and societal practices. We want to have a positive and sustainable impact on our planet, because it is the Earth that produces the fruits and vegetables that feed our industry,” said Alain Routhier, President.
According to a press release, the ECORESPONSIBLE Certification, Level 2. Performance, issued by ECOCERT CANADA, is awarded following a rigorous process that independently and impartially assessed the compliance of Courchesne Larose’s sustainable business processes.
The certification itself applies to the company’s two sites in Anjou and Central Market in Montreal.
After receiving this certification, Courchesne Larose imparts that its determination to contribute to the transition toward a low-carbon economy and healthy eating remains a top priority. The distributor became aware of its impact on the life cycle of its activities and has set up an eco-responsibility committee to allocate the necessary resources to achieve its sustainable development objectives, both in terms of employee training and in its supply chain.
Most recently, Courchesne Larose installed new LED lighting in its warehouses, which helps with energy savings. The company has also acquired electric trailers for short-term storage of products. To make sure that the fruits and vegetables coming through its network are as fresh as possible, Courchesne Larose uses a technology in its cold rooms to free the air of ethylene, thereby allowing for improved preservation. The company is always seeking new ways to optimize its operations through food preservation and safety, in addition to promoting local purchasing when a product is available in Quebec.
“Courchesne Larose does everything in its power to offer its customers fresh fruits and vegetables of superior quality, so that it can delight consumers with a varied and delicious offer. This mission also implies that we must relentlessly contribute to reducing our environmental footprint. We are able to improve ourselves by integrating sustainable development considerations into our strategic planning, while mobilizing our work teams around a common vision,” concluded Frédéric Monette, Vice-President of Operations.
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