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Agriculture

more than ever

2011-12 AnnualReport


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Agriculture More Than Ever Annual Report 2011-12

Corporate social responsibility

At FCC, we take corporate social responsibility

seriously. It’s part of our corporate vision and guides

how we operate.

We give back to the communities where our

customers and employees live and work, strive to

reduce our environmental impact and contribute

to the success of the Canadian agriculture industry.

Being socially responsible is important to our

customers, employees, communities and the

Government of Canada. We’re committed to

conducting business in a responsible and sustainable

manner and being accountable to our stakeholders

through sound corporate governance practices.

At FCC, our corporate social responsibility framework

comprises five focus areas.

Agriculture and food

We support the development of a sustainable,

competitive and innovative Canadian agriculture

industry by providing knowledge and education and

by supporting initiatives and forming partnerships

that advance the business of agriculture.

The annual FCC Drive Away Hunger program rolls through communities across Canada.

2011-12 highlight: We offered 265 learning events

to help 27,126 customers succeed in this ever-evolving

industry. These free events covered a variety of key

topics, including vision and goal-setting, hiring and

keeping employees, transferring the farm and estate

planning.

Community

We foster strong and vibrant communities where our

customers and employees live and work, with a focus

on rural Canada.

2011-12 highlight: Through the FCC Drive Away

Hunger program, we work with communities and

partners to collect food each year for those who need

it most. In 2011, the program collected 2.4 million

pounds of food for Canadian food banks. Since its

inception in 2004, the FCC Drive Away Hunger

program has collected 7.8 million pounds of food.


Annual Report 2011-12

Customers

We focus on primary producers as well as suppliers

and processors along the agriculture value chain.

We provide our customers with flexible, competitively

priced financing, insurance, software, learning

programs and other business services.

2011-12 highlight: When our customers face crises,

we’re there to help with the FCC Ag Crisis Fund.

The fund enables our employees to request support

for individual customers to deal with issues such

as serious illnesses, natural disasters, fires or farm

accidents. In 2011-12, the fund provided $285,750

to support 179 customers. It also provided $37,000

to support community disaster relief projects across

the country.

Employees

We foster a culture of accountability, partnership

and diversity and deliver an exceptional employee

experience.

2011-12 highlight: FCC strives to have a workforce

that reflects the Canadian population. We launched

the FCC Aboriginal Student Empowerment Fund to

help Aboriginal students succeed in their studies and

encourage them to consider FCC as a career. The fund

is open to Aboriginal students attending one of four

southern Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions:

First Nations University of Canada, University of

Regina, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

and Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and

Technology (Wascana and Palliser campuses). The fund

targets students enrolled in areas where FCC hires and

makes available up to $1,000 for basic needs during

the semester. Eligibility is based on need. In 2011-12,

the fund assisted 26 Aboriginal students.

Agriculture More Than Ever

Environment

We improve our environmental performance

and support the industry with tools and knowledge

to do the same.

2011-12 highlight: FCC Enviro and Energy loan

products help customers enhance their environmental

performance and reduce environmental risk.

In 2011-12, we loaned $836,659 through the

Enviro-Loan, which allows customers to defer

principal payments while constructing, improving

or expanding their operations to improve

environmental facilities. We loaned $26.7 million

through the Energy Loan, which helps customers

convert to renewable energy sources such as biogas,

geothermal, wind or solar power.

FCC corporate social

responsibility report

The first FCC corporate social responsibility report

was issued in 2011, covering the 2010-11 fiscal year.

The report was prepared using the Global Reporting

Initiative G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.

The Global Reporting Initiative is a non-profit

organization that promotes economic sustainability.

It provides a comprehensive sustainability reporting

framework that is widely used around the world.

The 2010-11 FCC Corporate Social Responsibility

Report is available at www.fcc.ca/csrreport.

The 2011-12 FCC Corporate Social Responsibility

Report will be issued in the fall of 2012.

Each year, FCC hosts 10 customer forums across the country. Industry experts and celebrity speakers share stories of success,

inspiration and overcoming challenges.

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