MEDICINE HAT, Alberta—One Canadian-based carbon black manufacturer has adjusted its work force strategy to the pandemic by not just having some of its employees work from home, but simultaneously ramping up its community outreach and corporate social responsibility efforts.
Cancarb Ltd. has partnered with the Medicine Hat Food Bank to deliver food to local residents in need. The manufacturer also has purchased a nearby greenhouse where it is maintaining tomatoes and other vegetables for donation to the food bank.
The work with Medicine Hat Food Bank is the latest example of Cancarb's emphasis on the importance of supporting its community. But it also has given employees operating remotely a chance to meet up in a safe environment while working toward a cause that everyone believes in, Cancarb President Peter Donnelly said.
"We have a great group of caring employees but haven't been able to all work together since (the pandemic) started," Donnelly said. While his company's operational and manufacturing team members do have to work onsite, members of the sales, marketing and finance teams—along with other back-office employees—generally have worked from home since March 2020.
"With the negativity and stress we have all felt over the last couple of years, this effort has been a very positive outcome," Donnelly added. "It has been nice to see smiles on the faces of our colleagues."