Policies and Programs
RONA is committed to becoming the sustainability leader in our industry in Canada. Product selection is a key component by which RONA can exercise such leadership. Our responsible purchasing policy already affirms that we will only do business with suppliers and partners who respect both the environment and workers’ rights.
At RONA, we have decided to approach sustainability in a holistic manner, mainly through the use of the Life Cycle Assessment approach, a rigorous and responsible process that measures the environmental impact of a product from cradle to grave. This approach aims at avoiding the transfer of negative environmental impacts from one phase of the life cycle to another.
RONA strongly believes that wilderness must be conserved through protection and by ensuring that natural resources stemming from it are managed responsibly so that our children may also enjoy their benefits. We recognize that through the products we sell and also consume as a company, we have a significant role to play in ensuring the sustainability of natural resources and reducing the company’s global footprint.
RONA is concerned about the products that we make available to consumers, and the impact these products have on the environment, health and safety – whether this impact is attributable to the nature of the products themselves or to the manner in which they are used.
In addition to respecting both the spirit and the letter of the laws and regulations in the various jurisdictions where we do business, RONA’s goal is to encourage responsible practices among consumers in their choice and use of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. As a result, RONA invests significant resources to produce and disseminate information promoting informed consumer choices as well as the use of eco-responsible products, when available.
We are therefore committed to the responsible procurement of forest products for sale in our stores and used by the company’s operations, and to the implementation of the following policy.
The Sustainable Packaging Policy applies to RONA’s entire packaging system (primary, secondary and tertiary) and all types of packaging materials throughout their life cycle.
Primary packaging is packaging intended for the consumer or end user. Secondary packaging is used to group several primary packages to facilitate distribution, while tertiary packaging is used to protect and transport packaged products from the distributor or manufacturer to the retailer.
The Policy encompasses all activities of the packaging value chain and defines the areas in which we actively seek to encourage transformation, innovation, reduction and optimization. The Policy applies to both our private brands packaging and packaging sourced through our suppliers for our other products.
The Sustainable Packaging Policy is closely related to our Responsible Procurement Policy (RPP) and our Paper Products Use and Procurement Policy, as specifically stated in the document.