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Everyone has a role to play in solving the problems of the world, even the smallest corporate citizens.

Orchard Group helps small- and medium-sized businesses create Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs that reduce their environmental and social footprint, and have a positive impact on their communities.

Do you have a fully-formed vision for your community initiative? We can help you realize it. Not sure what to do, but you know what community issue you want to tackle? We can help with that too.

While CSR is our current focus — because that’s where we see the biggest opportunities for communities — Orchard also takes on other community-benefit projects, including public transit advocacy and planning, affordable housing needs analysis and solutions, public and stakeholder engagement, and policy development.

ABOUT

Orchard Group is here to help you help your community by implementing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) solutions.

size = affordability

Orchard can do everything the big engineering firms do, but at a price that’s affordable for small and medium-sized companies.

genuine change agents pick us

Because of our unique approach and our multi-disciplinary team, we can design CSR projects that have real impact on the problem; the companies we work with want to be part of real change.

competitive recruiting

People want to work for employers that are helping to make the world better, and they are much less likely to leave those employers. With our background in workforce issues, we can help you develop a CSR initiative that supports your efforts in hiring the best, and keeping them.

accessible entry to CSR

We specialize in community level CSR programs that are impactful and of a scope that’s within reach for smaller organizations. We’re small, smart and quick; we’re the entry point to corporate sustainability for SMEs.

WHAT IS CSR?

Community Sustainability requires a balance of three essential pillars: environment, society, and economy. In its simplest form, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) refers to an organizational initiative with a goal to improve the environment and/or society (possibly through an economic initiative). CSR is about a corporation acting as a socially responsible citizen.

CSR programs can take many forms – for example, an employee volunteerism program, a waste-reduction initiative, or a formal charitable giving partnership – and the best CSRs are ones that are customized to the unique needs and challenges of the community.

Other examples of CSR solutions include:

  • Pollution reduction processes
  • Community risk reduction
  • Educational and social programs
  • Corporate philanthropy

Orchard Group can help you find the right CSR solution to benefit both your business and your community. Contact us today to get started!

WHY CSR?

CSR is no longer a nice-to-have, it’s a must have. Today’s customers expect businesses of all sizes to “do good” in their community.

A 2015 study exploring CSR’s impact on consumer behaviour found that:

  • 84% of respondents said they tried to purchase products and services that were socially or environmentally responsible whenever possible;
  • 90% were likely to switch brands to one associated with a good cause;
  • more than 50% had boycotted a company after learning it had behaved irresponsibly, and;
  • over 90% of consumers polled expected companies to do more than make a profit.

Beyond opening markets and securing relationships with customers, CSR is a powerful recruitment and retention tool. This is especially true for the Millennial generation (although all generations now prioritize these issues); both Gen Y and Gen Z want to work for companies that actively cultivate their communities.

An extensive 2015 report reviewing 300 studies on the ROI of CSR projects found they:

  • Increase employee productivity up to 13%;
  • Reduce employee turnover rate by up to 50%;
  • Save up to 90 to 200% of the salary of each employee that is retained, and;
  • Make recruiting more competitive; workers are willing to take up to a 5% pay cut to work at companies with strong CSR initiatives.

CLIENTS

Do you have a fully-formed vision for your CSR? We can help you realize it.

Not sure what to do, but you know what community issue you want to tackle? We can help with that too.

What’s common among Orchard clients is a genuine desire to cultivate their community; we don’t believe in green-washing and neither do our clients! Our clients are like seeds of sustainability – they’re small in size, have big ideas and big potential, and make a lasting impact in their world.

Our work is customized to each client and community, but there are a few things everyone can expect from us:

  • Developing your CSR goals and value proposition – both for your business and community
  • Identifying appropriate CSR solutions to address those goals
  • Tailoring proven solutions to individual client needs
  • Implementing and managing CSR programs
  • Evaluating effectiveness and sustainability of CSR programs

Start cultivating your community today; contact us!

 

TEAM

Orchard is a small company with a lean structure. Our two principals, based in Saint John, are the primary points of contact for all clients and projects. They work with a network of professionals to deliver the most effective and cost-effective solutions possible.

Principals

Sara Stashick, Chief Sustainability ArchitectSara Stashick is the Chief Sustainability Architect at Orchard. Sara’s specialties are project management and research and policy analysis. Her work has informed community poverty reduction strategies and influenced municipal and provincial government policy. She is also known for creating connections between government, non-profit and business sectors, to achieve strong multi-sectoral partnerships that result in long-term, sustainable results.

Sara has a post-baccalaureate in Sustainable Community Development from the Centre for Sustainable Development, Simon Fraser University. She has worked with the non-profit sector in various capacities for over ten years, and has a clear understanding of how to achieve measurable outcomes with limited resources. Sara began her career in the private sector in business-to-business sales. This diverse background of experiences and resulting collage of skill sets makes her a particularly effective project manager, and her self-described “inner nerd” makes her a voracious researcher and analyst of public policy.

 

Dave Drinnan, Process & Systems GuyDave Drinnan is the Process and Systems Guy at Orchard. Dave is a generalist with degrees in Physics and Psychology and 25 years experience in knowledge management, business process engineering, technical, policy and communications disciplines. He also has specific experience with community engagement and planning.

Dave’s passions include sustainable economic development, public policy, and urban mechanics. Dave creates solutions that provide lasting value to Orchard clients and their communities.

 

Team approach

Orchard operates as a collective. In addition to our principals, Orchard brings together a network of skilled and specialized professionals, including experts in:

  • community engagement
  • corporate and public communications
  • corporate program design
  • HR and employee engagement
  • sustainable community development
  • social enterprise development
  • social policy and governance
  • financial and economic analysis
  • affordable housing programs and planning
  • workplace inclusion, training and adult education
  • urban and active transportation
  • placemaking
  • environmental design, assessment and restoration
  • organizational performance.

This approach allows us to minimize overhead costs, passing the savings on to clients and ensuring maximum ‘bang for the buck’. It also means we can select a team that reflects the needs of the work at hand.

 

Key team members

Fr161000-fm07-smallank McCarey is Orchard’s Public Transportation Specialist. Frank served as General Manager of Saint John Transit for many years, and has extensive experience consulting with the public, government and other stakeholders to define transportation policy, designing and implementing transit systems and routes, establishing sustained funding, managing capital projects, and running daily operations. Frank has a full awareness of the public transportation landscape throughout New Brunswick and relationships with key partners and stakeholders.

e237-screencap-2016-10-17-at-2204-04Pierre Thibodeau is the Business Analyst at Orchard. Pierre’s 30 years of business experience includes governance, regulatory policy, procedures and enforcement, mergers and acquisitions, process improvement, quality control and change management. His considerable background in the construction sector gives him unique insights into risk management, multidisciplinary teams, and complex, large-scale projects. Pierre is an effective leader, collaborator and communicator with a proven ability to adapt to diverse environments and meet goals in challenging settings. He’s also a gifted problem solver, mentor and change agent, and an experienced university lecturer.

Pierre has a B.S.A. from the Université de Moncton with a Major in Accounting and a Minor in Finance, and a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation. A member of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1987, Pierre served as the corporate controller for a group of companies in structural steel fabrication, concrete manufacturing and general and specialty contracting throughout Canada and the US. Pierre has since served as the Senior Securities Analyst and full time controller for a provincial securities regulator. Pierre has also sat as Treasurer, Vice-President and President of the ALS Society of New Brunswick, and as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the ALS Society of Canada.

SERVICES

Our work is customized to each client and community, but there are a few things everyone can expect from us:

  • Developing your CSR goals and value proposition – both for your business and community
  • Identifying appropriate CSR solutions to address those goals
  • Tailoring proven solutions to individual client needs
  • Implementing and managing CSR programs
  • Evaluating effectiveness and sustainability of CSR programs

 

Examples of CSR solutions include:

  • Waste and pollution reduction processes
  • Community risk reduction
  • Contributions to educational and social programs
  • Corporate philanthropy
  • Employee volunteerism

Where applicable, solutions conform to the ISO 26000 standard.

 

 

CONTACT US

No forms, no hassle… please don’t hesitate to email or call us directly at 506-654-8552 to discuss your project.