CUMIS is committed to a making a difference in Canadian communities by investing in the development of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Guided by our vision to be a catalyst for a sustainable society, we focus our community investments on projects and on partnerships with organizations, who are working to protect our environment, building a values-based co-operative economy, and creating a resilient, safe, and healthy future for all Canadians.
Our involvement in community programs includes donations of both time and funds. In fact, as a member of Imagine Canada, we donate a percentage of our pre-tax profits to charity.
Focused areas of giving
Our Community Investments are designed to help ensure we are maximizing our corporate giving efforts by focusing on three key areas:
Environmental Sustainability – protecting our communities
As a co-operative insurance provider, we know the degradation of our natural environment is a serious problem that impacts our health, our homes, our businesses and our communities. We are committed to working with our stakeholders to find solutions to these issues, to decrease our negative impact and support the creation of more resilient communities for generations to come.
Economic Sustainability – building a co-operative economy
We understand that organizations have an important role in creating a just and sustainable economy. We are committed to supporting the growth of co-operatives, social enterprises and strengthening the charitable non-profit sector in order to build a community-focused, values-based economy that contributes to a more inclusive and resilient society.
Social Sustainability – creating a resilient, safe, and healthy future for Canadians
As a co-operative insurance provider, we are committed to helping individuals protect their assets through financial planning and to supporting programs that promote individual health and safety and contribute to more resilient communities.
Community and Charitable Endeavours
As part of our Community Investments, we host the following signature event:
CUMIS Apple Day
Since 1991, CUMIS has donated thousands of pounds of apples from its 15-acre orchard to local community groups and organization for distribution to food banks, community meal kitchens, church pie sales and school nutrition programs.
A variety of cooking and eating apples - Empire, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Mutsu, Red Delicious and Spy - from the organization's 500 apple trees are made available.
This event also gives CUMIS employees the chance to volunteer their time to help make the event a success and support their community. Hundreds of boxes of apples are picked and donated each year during Apple Day.
We also support other organizations and programs that align with our Community Investment Focus areas, including: