We earn the trust of the communities in which we operate and give back to our communities through employee volunteering and fundraising efforts.
The main emphasis of our community work is on supporting employee involvement in worthy causes. We believe that providing employees with these opportunities during working hours is a win-win for our people and for Oxford. We also believe that this is the best way to give back to our community in light of our fiduciary duties to deliver strong returns to OMERS that help pay pensioners. Our employees make a positive contribution to our communities, and we are proud to support them.
Our buildings and teams are part of the fabric of their neighbourhoods. That means when our community needs help, we respond.
We work with local groups to run fundraisers and events in our properties. We plan community events and raise money for causes through company-sponsored participation in local campaigns. We animate our public spaces with art for everyone to enjoy.
Being active contributors to our community is something we are very proud of, and a tradition that has been a part of our culture for over 50 years.
We encourage our employees to participate in the Oxford Volunteer Program. There are two parts to the program:
- Team Volunteer Days encourage employees to spend a day outside the office with their team helping a local community organization. Over the past two years, Oxford employees have worked with organizations such as the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Rouge Valley Naturalists, Bruce Trail Conservancy, and local food banks.
- In 2016, our volunteers provided assistance in five countries.
Oxford takes pride in encouraging employees to engage in meaningful, fun and unique fundraising activities that provide substantial support to community programs. With over $2 million given to charity by Oxford employees in 2016 in cash and in-kind donations, we have been able to support a number of notable charitable causes, including the United Way, Free the Children, Rotary Club, Cops for Cancer, Make a Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, Right to Play and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. In addition, Oxford provided in-kind donations comprising shopping centre gift cards and space for lobby and concourse displays.