Community Engagement Policy

At Pomerleau, we recognize that our mission is not only to create infrastructures and construct buildings, but also to build communities. As a leader in the Canadian construction industry for nearly 60 years, we always aspire to have a positive and sustainable impact on the lives of the people we serve.

Pomerleau has long been involved with the local communities in which we work. We put our ingenuity, our entrepreneurial strength and our culture at the service of Canadians and future generations coast to coast. Our company’s values – specifically Authenticity and Love – guide us in our responsibility and commitment as a good corporate citizen and neighbour. Since our beginnings as a small business in Saint-Georges, Quebec, we have remained true to these core values, which continue to govern our activities.

Pomerleau's commitment is also guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The four target sectors identified by Pomerleau contribute to 11 of the 17 SDGs:

  • Building future generations (Education)
  • Building healthy communities (Health)
  • Building a sustainable environment (Environment and sustainable development)
  • Building lasting relations with the industry and influencing the ecosystem (Construction industry)

The policy provides a framework for guiding and managing Pomerleau’s initiatives, be it through corporate giving (donations and sponsorships), in kind support of services & material, employee mobilisation and volunteering, and relationships with local communities in which our projects are located. Every effort will be made to ensure that the requirements of this policy are respected, that community involvement efforts across Pomerleau are aligned in all the regions in which the company is active, and that the company acts fairly with regards to the organizations, the communities, and employees it supports.

Pomerleau will go further than simply provide donations and sponsorships: it will strive to integrate community investment considerations into its decision-making and business practices in order to develop mutually beneficial relationships with local communities. This approach is in line with our vision:

SHAPING OUR COMMUNITIES.
SHAPING A BETTER FUTURE.

Scope 

This policy becomes effective from October 14, 2021 and remains effective until a new revision supersedes it. It applies to all Pomerleau but excludes its affiliates Borea and Beaubois.

Pierre Pomerleau, ing., MBA
President and CEO
 

Annex

Pomerleau commits to giving back to the community in four major streams of corporate giving linked to sustainability:

  • Building future generations (Education) – Pomerleau attaches great importance to education and innovation and therefore invests in learning, training, research and post-secondary education. The company is notably a partner of research chairs impacting the construction industry.
  • Building healthy communities (Health) - Pomerleau recognizes that the principle of healthy communities goes beyond advancing medical research and quality of health care offered to the communities in which we live, work, and play. It also includes priorities such as diversity, equity and inclusion, reducing inequalities, providing decent working conditions and other areas that support our goal of building healthy communities.
  • Building a sustainable environment (Environment and sustainable development) - Pomerleau is committed to supporting projects and organizations that promote sustainable cities and communities, responsible products, climate change action and protection of ecosystems.
  • Building lasting relationships with the industry and influencing the ecosystem (Construction industry) - Pomerleau supports and promotes organizations and events related to the Canadian construction industry and wishes to contribute positively to the innovative and sustainable advancement of this ecosystem.
     

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA SPECIFIC TO DONATION AND SPONSORSHIP REQUESTS

Eligibility criteria for donations: 

For a donation application to be considered by Pomerleau, the organization requesting assistance must: 

  • Propose a cause or project that meets Pomerleau’s philanthropic objectives and falls under one of the four target sectors identified (health, education, environment/sustainable development, and the construction industry)
  • Have an official status as a registered charity
  • Submit a charitable donation receipt for the full amount of the donation 
  • Represent and provide benefit to a collective group (donations are not provided to individuals) 
  • Have projects, programs or activities that take place in Canadian communities where Pomerleau has a presence or is active 
  • Demonstrate sound management and reasonable administrative expenses (less than 30% of its budget is directed at administrative or fundraising expenses) 
     

Eligibility criteria for sponsorships: 

Organizations sponsored by Pomerleau must: 

  • Propose a cause or project that meets Pomerleau’s philanthropic objectives and falls under one of the four target sectors identified (health, education, construction industry, environment/sustainable development)
  • Complete a detailed request via the online application form, at least three (3) months prior to the event or activity
  • Represent and provide benefit to a collective group (sponsorships are not provided to individuals) 
  • Have projects, programs or activities that take place in Canadian communities where Pomerleau has a presence or is active 
  • Provide Pomerleau with significant visibility according to a visibility plan whose value is at least the equivalent to the company’s contribution 
  • Enable Pomerleau to promote its name and activities 
  • Enable Pomerleau to leverage its association with the organization 
     

In general, Pomerleau makes no more than one contribution to an activity or organization per 12-month period, whether the request is for a donation or sponsorship. 

Note: eligibility does not guarantee selection.

EXCLUSIONS 

Donations and sponsorships will not be considered for the following: 

  • Religious and political (municipal, provincial or federal) organizations or advocacy groups
  • Organizations currently supported by Centraide or United Way (as Pomerleau already supports these charities in numerous communities)
  • Organizations that have already received financial assistance from Pomerleau during the past 12 months 
  • Individual people or projects benefitting an individual 
  • Expenses related to travel events, such as tours, expeditions or trips performed by groups or individuals, even if made in the context of fundraising 
  • Any organizations whose activities do not benefit communities where Pomerleau is present and active or whose causes are based outside of Canada 
  • Scholastic activities (such as graduating ceremonies, school trips)
  • Elite sports teams or activities
     

SELECTION PROCESS

Pomerleau’s Communications Department is responsible for receiving and analysing all requests, as well as activating and following through on requests accepted.

Requests for donations and sponsorships must be made via Pomerleau’s online application forms found on its website. This is to ensure that the process is streamlined, fair and consistently applied; that multiple requests are not being accepted simultaneously; and that funding meets the company’s eligibility criteria set forth in the Community Engagement policy. All requests above $20,000 need to be reviewed and approved by Pomerleau’s Community Engagement Committee at its bi-annual meeting (usually in June and December).

All requests for sponsorship associated to an event must be submitted at least three (3) months prior to the activity.

Once the online form has been completed, a confirmation of receipt notice will be sent immediately. A response or an update will be provided within a month of receipt.
 

October 2021