Hats off to Eclipse Awards, a local small business that was one of the first to seek certification as an official Living Wage Employer. At an awards ceremony last night, Eclipse won the Best Employer award from Small Business BC. Their status as a living wage employer played an important role.
Here’s a news release from the Metro Vancouver Living Wage for Families campaign, honouring Eclipse’s win:
February 29, 2012
Living Wage Employer confirmed as BC’s Best Employer
Eclipse Awards is a leading designer of recognition awards and programs that accelerate social change. Eclipse specializes in hand-crafted crystal recognition awards as well as eco-friendly green awards made from reclaimed materials. Eclipse Awards was recognized for their commitment to creating a healthy, safe and inspiring place to work as well as their community contributions. Some of their pioneering and innovative workplace measures have included:
• In 2007, Eclipse Awards renovated a condemned building in the Downtown Eastside to house their business. The building is designed with environmental principles and includes a 2000 sq.ft. green roof with gardening plots for staff.
• A commitment to work life balance – Eclipse Awards became certified as the 8th Living Wage Employer in BC, ensuring that staff and service contractors receive remuneration that enables them to support their families and participate in their community. They have been joined by other Living Wage Employers like Vancity, United Way of the Lower Mainland, and the City of New Westminster.
• A commitment to sustainability – They offer subsidized bus passes as well as cash incentives to those who walk or bike to work, while their Brown Bag Award rewards staff for cooking, bringing lunch & driving less.
Eclipse Awards’ founder Toby Barazzuol said:
“As a company, our mission is to help other organizations recognize and celebrate the human elements of business and sustainability. As you might imagine, this is also a philosophy that guides how our company operates and how we value our team. So when we’re lucky enough to find ourselves on the receiving end of some recognition, it’s a great reminder of why we do what we do.”
For further information contact: Toby Barazzuol, Eclipse Awards’ founder, (604) 639-4200 www.eclipseawards.com