TAS

Residential & Retail properties

Toronto, Ontario

Canada

www.tasdesignbuild.com

About TAS

Over its 30 year history TAS has been committed to creating homes, starting first with custom home building before moving into mixed-use condominiums. In its role as a city builder, TAS is in a position to contribute to the built environment in such a way that strengthens neighbourhoods and facilitates community cohesion. It achieves this through its Four Pillars of Sustainability™, which provides TAS with a social, ecological, economic and cultural framework.

TAS’s philosophy is one of sensitivity to a community’s needs and desires, recognizing that each place is unique in both its challenges and opportunities. TAS works closely with communities to ensure that its process is inclusive and that the end result is one that ultimately reflects the nature of the community. Through its careful attention to sustainable design, community engagement and partnership building, TAS is able to live up to its goal of Shaping Beautiful Cities™.

We believe that strong partnerships are the key to effective change, which is why we are proud to be a part of the B Corp community. The values and standards that each B Corp is held to help define both the work we already do and the work we hope to do. The B Corp Assessment tool provides us with an easy-to-use benchmark and scorecard system in support of our focus on corporate social responsibility.

The Change We Seek®

TAS's work is driven by a model of corporate social responsibility that pushes TAS to produce a wider positive impact in the communities where it builds. This model is founded on TAS's Four Pillars of Sustainability™, which ensures that TAS examines its ecological, social, economic and cultural impact. TAS has also developed two corporate platforms—affordable homeownership and food security—which will inform its projects and act as jumping off points to effect wider change. TAS believes that effective cross-sector partnerships are the key to success. TAS's partnerships include working with Fresh City Farms to implement a garden exhibit at one of our downtown Toronto sites and providing rooftop space for Cultivate Toronto to grow food. Additionally, TAS is working with Ryerson University planning students on research into affordable homeownership program and policy best practices. TAS is also at the forefront of sustainable building practices, having won the BILD 2009 Green Builder of the Year award. TAS's M5V condominium project in downtown Toronto was awarded a LEED Gold certification. TAS brings this sensibility to its head office building as well, which is bullfrogpowered by 100% green electricity through Bullfrog Power.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

August 2013
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

40
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

19
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

N/A
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

41
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

10
6
Overall B Score
110
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Employees: Living wage paid to all full- and part-time employees; >80% of all health insurance premiums covered; more than six weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave offered; supplementary health & wellness program offered to employees.

Community: Preference given to local suppliers; average supplier relationship lasts longer than five years; majority of company's ownership located locally; majority of revenues made from local clients; worker base increase of more than 15% in the past year; employees offered paid time off for community service; majority of employees participated in company-run service days; majority of charitable giving went to local organizations.

Environment: Most company facilities constructed to green building standards; office-wide recycling program; use recycled office supplies, reused office furniture, and compostable catering supplies; >50% of energy at corporate facilities comes from renewable sources.

2014 Best for the World Overall Honoree

Miscellany: 

Video

• Mazyar Mortazavi speaking at the Interior Design Show 2012 Go»

Awards

• 2012 Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Go»

• 2009 BILD Green Builder of the Year Go»

Press

• DUKE Condos Go»

• Birch Cliff Condos Go»

Blogs

• TAS Rooftop Garden Go»

• Ride for Heart Go»

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