Corporate Social Responsibility

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Our CSR Journey

We believe operating an organization sustainably is critical to delivering services and solutions that strengthen our local and global communities. Our focus continues to be on providing clients and stakeholders with practical services and solutions that produce positive economic, social and environmental impacts. 

From our growing list of sustainable services to cheering on our employees in community activities, we are committed to conducting business in a responsible manner, and to helping other companies, organizations and communities do the same.

SRC acknowledges that the land on which we gather and work in Saskatoon is Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis; in Regina on Treaty 4 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis; and in northern Saskatchewan on Treaty 8 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.


Read the CSR Report                                          Download the Report PDF
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Our CSR journey started when we become a company in 1947, with the objective of strengthening Saskatchewan's economy through research and development. Through a diverse range of initiatives over the years, CSR has become embedded in our corporate strategy and continues to become more ingrained in our organizational culture. 

Our Impacts
graphic showing src's total impacts on the provincial economy was $573 million
  • Our revenues exceeded $70 million and we achieved more than $489 million in direct economic benefit to Saskatchewan. Since 2003, SRC’s economic and employment impacts in Saskatchewan have exceeded $9 billion.
  • Our work created or maintained over $84 million worth of jobs.
graphic showing 81% of src's project expenses was on social and environmental impacts
  • Work for clients contributed to reducing at least 22 kt per year of greenhouse gas emissions and saved over 40 million kWh per year of energy.
  • Over the last six years, SRC employees have saved 2,288 L of fuel and avoided 5,197 kg of CO2 emissions by commuting sustainably during Commuter Challenge Week. 
  • Through the sale or donation of unused equipment and furniture, we avoided 7.76 tonnes of landfill disposals.
graphic showing src provided more than 7,700 hours of skills and safety training
  • Safety is an overriding priority for SRC. We strive to keep our lost-time injury rate as close to zero as possible. In 2018-19, SRC had a lost-time injury rate of 0.37 per 200,000 hours worked.
  • Our employees supported 12 community groups through volunteer hours and donations.
  • In 2018, we welcomed a record seven students into our Aboriginal Mentorship Program. 
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inspiring the next generation

There’s no rule that you must be born with math and science skills to pursue a career in research or technology; it’s all about persistence, and a deep desire for learning new things and discovering how they work. 

Learn about careers in science from some of the engineers and geoscientists who work at SRC.

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src ecology specialist works on revegetation activities at remediated site

Remediating a contaminated site may have positive and negative impacts on biodiversity. Learn how a sustainable approach to remediation involves planning and implementing environmental protection throughout the entire remediation process. Read more.

src employees in fire extinguisher training

Unforeseeable events, activities and disasters can be challenging for even the most prepared companies, communities and individuals. Organizations, large and small, must ensure that emergency plans, procedures and notifications are communicated effectively and are well known to everyone. Learn more.

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