Giving Back

Giving Back

At Copernicus, we are passionate about using our business as a force for good. We want to lead by example, and giving back to our community, both locally and globally, is fundamental to our company culture. To improve the social and environmental conditions in our operating regions, we aim to contribute at least 1% of our sales annually. On this page, we will discuss the relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).  

Check out our 2023 Impact Report      Learn more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Our contributions
 

 

 

 

 In 2023, our total contributions towards Environmental Conservation, Environmental Education, and Community initiatives was $270,050.

 

 

 

 

63% of funds go towards Environmental Conservation Initiatives.

21% of funds go towards Kindergarten to Grade 8 Environmental Education Initiatives.

16% of funds go towards Community Initiatives.

 

 

 

Environmental Conservation

Biodiversity loss is a serious issue: deforestation, pollution, the burning of fossil fuels and other factors are all contributors to the steady decline in plants and animals that support Earth’s ecosystems. We commit to contribute approximately 65% of our annual charitable budget to causes that protect and conserve nature.

 

Nature Conservancy of Canada

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has conserved over 15 million acres of Canadian land. Unlike many charities, 78% of the funds they raise go directly toward their conservation work. Since 2009, we have partnered with NCC because we believe society must preserve its natural heritage for future generations.

 

World Wildlife Fund: Habitat Conservation

For every bamboo product purchased, Copernicus makes a donation to the World Wildlife Fund. In 2023, we donated a total of $5,000 to support Giant Panda conservation projects, nature reserve protection, community development projects to limit the impact on the panda’s forests, and research and monitoring work in the Minshan and Qinling mountains. 

 

Wildsight

Wildsight works locally, regionally, and globally to protect biodiversity in Canada’s Columbia and Rocky Mountain regions. They are a leader in large-scale conservation projects and sustainable community initiatives. 

 

 

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is a local non-profit organization that assists landowners in responsible soil management through education and incentive programs.

 


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Kindergarten to Grade 8 Environmental Education

Environmental education for children helps form life-long connections to nature and has many physical and mental benefits. We aim to contribute approximately 25% of our annual charitable donation budget to environmental education initiatives.

 

The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada: Roots & Shoot

Our monthly support of the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots program contributes to teaching young people how to become agents of community change through experiential learning and by providing programming to schools.


 

World Wildlife Fund: Go Wild School Grants

Our donations to World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF) support their Go Wild School Grants which fund projects at primary schools across Canada to get communities more involved in helping nature thrive.


 

 

DonorsChoose

Our monthly contribution to a DonorsChoose classroom allows us to give directly to teachers and students in need. We select projects that will help students get out in nature and interact with the environment.

 


 

Community

Employees have the opportunity to volunteer, with pay, up to 20 hours per year. As a company, we aim to contribute approximately 10% of our annual charitable donation budget to community initiatives locally and throughout Canada.

 

 

Indspire

We support the education of Indigenous people through Indspire and their national educational funding and mentorship programs, through a monthly donation. This directly benefits Indigenous students but also their families and in turn, all communities throughout Canada. 

 

 

Arthur Food Bank

We contribute regularly to our local Food Bank with both monetary funds and physical food items through our employee food drives. The Food Bank provides food and other household supplies to our community members who need them the most.