PortsToronto 2016 Sustainability Report Wins National Award for Best External Publication

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Toronto (May 31, 2017) – Last night at the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Gala in Kelowna, British Colombia, PortsToronto was announced as the recipient of a National Award of Excellence for the 2016 PortsToronto Sustainability Report in the Best External Publication of the Year category.

The CPRS National Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding achievement in a comprehensive public relations and communications project or program, with judging executed by expert panels of leading public relations and communications management practitioners from across the country. The awards were established in 1962 and are considered one of Canada’s most prestigious public relations honours.

The 2016 Sustainability Report was prepared in an effort to consolidate all of the work PortsToronto is doing to employ best environmental practices throughout its business operations, measure the impact of its efforts and determine where more can be done. The report was designed to provide readers with engaging and visually appealing content that is easily navigable and clearly outlines PortsToronto’s achievements and progress related to its corporate social responsibility goals. Further, the report brings PortsToronto another step closer to Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) alignment – a comprehensive Sustainability Reporting Framework that is widely used around the world to measure sustainability performance and is considered a best practice in public disclosure.

“Building on a longstanding legacy of environmental stewardship, social responsibility and collaboration with stakeholders to manage Toronto’s waterfront, the 2016 Sustainability Report generated awareness amongst our community, business and government stakeholders regarding our sustainable initiatives, accomplishments and future targets,” said Deborah Wilson, Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, PortsToronto. “Receiving this recognition from CPRS is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of the communications team and sustainability committee in producing a publication that is worthy of this special award.”

The environmental portion of PortsToronto’s sustainability report was prepared in consultation with the Delphi Group, a pioneer in sustainability and environmental risk management with more than 25 years of experience helping some of Canada’s best-known companies improve the sustainability of their organizations.
To read PortsToronto’s full sustainability report, click here or visit www.portstoronto.com.
About CPRS
Founded in 1948, the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is a not-for-profit organization whose members are engaged in the practice, management or teaching of public relations. Members work to maintain the highest standards and to share a uniquely Canadian experience in public relations. CPRS is a federation of over 1,800 members across 14 Member Societies based in major cities or organized province-wide.
About PortsToronto (http://www.portstoronto.com  
For more than 100 years PortsToronto has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomed more than 2.7 million passengers in 2016; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada's largest freshwater marinas; and, Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $9 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto's waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government.
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