Social responsibility

At the SAQ, we want to contribute to social well-being. Every day, we take concrete actions related to the social, environmental and economic challenges facing Quebec. Because beyond our commercial mission,
we are keen on making a positive difference to the community.

In the spotlight

Because every action counts, we try, day after day, to minimize our environmental footprint
by adopting solutions to reduce our consumption and production of waste. ​

  • The SAQ podcast
    Profiles

    Episode 6 | Organic products

    Locally and globally, the offer of certified organic products is increasingly vast. To discuss this topic, we brought together two specialists for an exchange on the evolution of the organic trend and eco-responsible products at the SAQ.

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The SAQ publishes several documents that provide an overview of its social responsibility activities.

All our articles

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  1. Woman holding a platter of fresh vegetables
    Social responsibility

    A vegetable garden for the neighbourhood

    New on the SAQ Campus, our head office in Montréal’s Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough: A greenhouse buzzing with activity 10 months a year and a huge kitchen garden to help feed the neighbourhood. Discover what’s growing in our garden!

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  2. reused cardboard!
    Social responsibility

    Goodbye bubble wrap, hello reused cardboard!

    If you’re one of our customers who shop at SAQ.COM, you’ve probably said to yourself: “What the heck is this?” when you opened your package in the past few months. It’s our new packaging to protect your bottles from damage during delivery.

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  3. Vignoble Rivière du Chêne © Marie Charest
    Social responsibility

    The growing industry of local wines and spirits

    More refined offerings, better marketing and customers looking to “drink local”: Quebec beverage alcohol products are popular for a reason. Vintners, distillers and cider makers are crafting excellent products in your own backyard. And the success they’re enjoying is a source of great pride.

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  4. deposit
    Social responsibility

    Our pilot project is now complete

    Phase 1 of the expanded deposit-return pilot projects has ended. The SAQ is proud to have taken part in this step. Non-deposit containers can no longer be returned to the Terrebonne SAQ Dépôt store.

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  5. Lightweight glass bottles and environmental impact
    Social responsibility

    Myths and facts about lightweight glass

    Wine has been around for thousands of years and the perceptions surrounding the product are sometimes stubborn! Discover some of the myths and realities that still persist around wine and lightweight glass.

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  6. lightweight glass, a more ecological form of packaging
    Social responsibility

    All about lightweight glass

    The next time you visit an SAQ store, have some fun by hand-weighing a few wine bottles. You’ll quickly realize they don’t all weigh the same. Welcome to the world of lightweight glass, a more ecological form of packaging!

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  7. When in doubt we ask for ID -  Sales ethics
    Social responsibility

    Sales ethics

    We are committed to serving our customers well and selling responsibly. That is why we make a point of training our personnel about our sales ethics and informing the public of it through awareness campaigns.

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  8. Putting ethics at the heart of our business relationships
    Social responsibility

    Putting ethics at the heart of our business relationships

    Find out how we seek to adopt the best business practices in order to carry out our mission.

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  9. Bridges incorporating glass powder built in Montréal
    Social responsibility

    Bridges incorporating glass powder built in Montréal

    Once upon a time, 70,000 wine bottles found a new life in Montreal bridges.

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  10. Succursale de La Montagne
    Social responsibility

    Construction and sustainable buildings

    When it comes to the environmental performance of its buildings, the SAQ aims for excellence by implementing the best eco-responsible practices in their design, construction, operation and management.

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  11. A second life for glass
    Social responsibility

    A second life for glass

    What happens to the bottles we sell matters to us today, as it has for more than 30 years. Actually, the SAQ was one of the companies that brought curbside recycling to Quebec in 1991. And in the years since, we’ve increased our initiatives and partnerships and invested more than $150 million in collection and recycling.

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  12. Vineyard at the SAQ
    Social responsibility

    Vignes en ville

    Since the spring of 2018, the SAQ has been partnering with Vignes en ville, an innovative urban agriculture project of the Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine de Montréal (AU/LAB). The goal is to study how vines behave in an urban setting, whether planted in containers or in the ground.

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