Canadian Retailer - Fall 2011 - (Page 4)

| PUBLISHER’S DESK FALL 2011 | VOLUME 21 ISSUE 5 publisher Diane J. Brisebois a s s o c i at e p u b l i s h e r Bill Yetman Socially responsible retailers leading the industry S e n i o r v i c e - p r e s i d e n t, m e m b e r s h i p Andrew Siegwart editor-in- chief Sean C. Tarry (416) 922-0553, ext. 286 art direction S eemingly every day there’s a new retail industry buzzword or trend tabled which retailers across the country are required to pay attention to. They’d be remiss if they didn’t. But, nearly just as often – whether the trend is related to technological innovation, social networking tactics, merchandising display, or even the product itself – all of the excitement and intrigue that’s involved disintegrates, leaving store owners and operators to continue concentrating on growing their businesses. However, occasionally the ‘trend’ is actually much more than just a passing fad and becomes engrained in the way we do things – an everpresent fixture within our operations that is built upon and evolves over time, but one which never goes away. Being socially responsible - within the communities that we serve and beyond - is no longer something to think about… but something to be doing. This, of course, can involve everything from greening operations through lighting, heating and cooling retrofits, enhancing the supply chain to reduce packaging and carbon footprints and in-store initiatives to reduce energy consumption, to social involvement such as sponsorship of community events, programs and athletic organizations, charitable giving to those in need, volunteering time to various causes, and so much more. We are fortunate enough to be living and operating in a country whose foundation was built on the notion of giving, caring and collectiveness. And it always fills me with a great deal of pride to be able to help represent an industry that leads the way with respect to socially responsible initiatives. Look around, and you’ll see a Canadian retailer doing good things in their community. It also pleases me to be able to present this special Corporate Social Responsibility issue of Canadian Retailer magazine to you and your teams. Read it in its entirety to find out what’s happening within the industry, from helping groups in need within the community to green product innovation at the manufacturer level. I’m confident that this edition of the magazine illustrates beyond question the great work being done by Canadian retailers from coast to coast, and I hope that it serves to inspire you and your teams to continue with the work that you’re doing to make our stores, communities, country and the world a better place to be. In addition, I also urge you to visit our website,, for more information about upcoming conferences and events, the latest news concerning the association's advocacy efforts on the industry's behalf and a range of membership services that can help you and your teams continue to grow, succeed and innovate. y Sincerely, Scope Media contributors Camilla Cornell, Denise Deveau, Bill Goodwin, D’Arcy Jenish, Ian Morton, Alexandra Lopez-Pacheco, Robert Price, Karen Stiller d i r e c t o r o f p u b l i c at i o n s Bob Phillips project manager Alana Place sales manager Bill McDougall editorial office 1255 Bay Street, Suite 800 Toronto, Ontario M5R 2A9 Phone: (416) 922-6678 Fax: (416) 922-8011 a d v e r t i s i n g/ p r o d u c t i o n o f f i c e Naylor (Canada), Inc. 100 Sutherland Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 3C7 Phone: (800) 665-2456 Fax: (800) 709-5551 Canadian Retailer is published six times each year by Retail Council of Canada. Members receive complimentary copies of the magazine with membership. The annual subscription rate for non-members is $36.75 + tax. Publication Mail Agreement No. 40063389 Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to: Circulation Department 1255 Bay Street, Suite 800 Toronto, Ontario M5R 2A9 We welcome your article suggestions and any photographs pertaining to retailing in Canada. Please note the opinions expressed in Canadian Retailer do not necessarily reflect those of Retail Council of Canada. For article reprints, contact Naylor (Canada) at 1-800-665-2456 or visit articlereprints.asp. b Diane J. Brisebois President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada 4 | canadian retailer | fall 2011 |

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