2016 Annual report

Our Commitment to Concrete Action

Social Responsibility

Social responsibility has become commonplace over the years, and yet, it is often still seen as a gateway to a clean conscience rather than a commitment.

At Humania Assurance, we are committed to serving all our partners and the people we insure, and to making a contribution to the social, economic and environmental progress of our communities. Our company is always ready to make a contribution, monetary or otherwise, to concrete actions.

Community involvement

Every year employees and Humania Assurance come together to contribute to the annual Centraide Richelieu-Yamaska campaign. The generosity of our employees, their participation in the activities and the company’s contribution to the 2016 campaign made it a resounding success yet again!

In 2014, Humania Assurance agreed to forge a partnership with the city of Saint-Hyacinthe to provide fifteen years of support for a cultural centre that brings the region’s sociocultural organizations together under one roof. The Company pledged a total of $300,000 toward this municipal building, which is called Centre culturel Humania Assurance.

For sixteen years, the company has also supported Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe’s week of activities promoting professional behaviour for students in various programs. The Company has also been contributing to the 2011-2016 fundraising campaign for the Fondation du Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, which provides financial aid to students.

Humania Assurance is proud to be involved in a range of causes related to health, youth and community organizations. The company supports the efforts of l’Hôtel-Dieu’s Fondation Aline-Letendre in Saint-Hyacinthe to improve the lives of its long-term residents. It is also a major sponsor of the Défi Vélo Santé (cycling fundraiser) organized during the summer.

SOCODEVI

The Société de coopération pour le développement international (SOCODEVI) is a Canadian network of cooperatives and mutuals that share their technical expertise and know-how with their partners in developing countries. The goal: to create, protect and distribute wealth among the poorest populations.

In November 2016, Danielle Lacombe, Director of Human Resources at Humania Assurance travelled to Colombia to take part in a six-year project, called PROCOMPITE, launched in March 2014 aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of rural associative enterprises. The project works to bolster the production and entrepreneurial capacities of more than 6,000 farmers (3,000 families) in various departments of Colombia. The mission’s primary objective was to provide to local managers, in their efforts to develop and implement customized human resource, strategies and tools for PROCOMPITE.

In September 2016, three members of the SOCODEVI network, including Sandrine Lahure of Humania Assurance, took part in a mission to raise awareness about international cooperation in Bolivia and the challenges of the cooperative movement.

“In 2016, Humania Assurance offered us the chance to take part in a contest organized by SOCODEVI to win a trip to Bolivia. I was one of the three lucky winners. The purpose of the trip was to raise awareness about international cooperation issues and to learn about the country’s incredibly rich culture.

Throughout our stay, we were warmly received in the chocolate, quinoa and oregano cooperatives that SOCODEVI supports.

I was witness to the meaningful work that SOCODEVI does to help the cooperatives develop sustainably, to help the local population take charge of their project, and to promote gender equality.

This trip was, without a doubt, one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever been afforded.”

Sandrine Lahure, Humania Assurance