Award honors NSF-GFTC’s dedication to human resource policies that shape organizational excellence

NSF-GFTC, part of global public health organization NSF International, was awarded 2015 Employer of Distinction by the Guelph chapter of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

NSF-GFTC was awarded for the human resources policies and practices that have helped shape organizational excellence and furthered NSF International’s mission to protect and improve public health. The Employer of Distinction Awards also provides Guelph companies an opportunity to share their initiatives and success stories with other local business professionals.

NSF International’s human resource practices have successfully increased employee engagement and commitment to the organization worldwide and a few examples include:

  • Employee recognition program called Give A Wow!: Give a Wow provides employees the opportunity to publically acknowledge the excellent work of their colleagues around the globe. It has helped NSF International build a recognition culture worldwide and provide personal employee motivation and satisfaction.
  • G.U.I.D.E (Grow Unique Individuals to Develop Excellence) mentorship program: New employees are assigned a mentor to guide and support them during the first six months of their career. The new team member gains a better understanding of NSF International’s culture and an enhanced learning experience.
  • Generous vacation policies and flexible work schedules: NSF International strives to provide a healthy workplace that encourages work/life balance by ensuring employees have the maximum uninterrupted time away from their jobs as well as flexible work schedules that include half day Fridays in the summer.
  • Training and development programs: L.E.A.P. (Leadership Excellence Advancement Program) is NSF’s premier leadership development program that develops innovative and strong leaders to support their dynamic global environment.

Additionally, every employee is encouraged to live the NSF International mission by choosing ways to serve in the community. As part of their annual performance reviews, NSF employees may include their involvement in community organizations and activities. As a result, most of NSF’s employees worldwide are involved in some way in giving back to the community.

“We are honored to receive this award as it recognizes that our workplace culture offers award-winning practices for our people. NSF International is committed to furthering its public health mission through the empowerment and excellence of its employees in Guelph and across the globe,” said Rachelle Parent, Human Resources Partner at NSF International.

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with Guelph-based Global Managing Director of Training and Education programs Petra Schennach, contact Lise Smedmor at or 519-821-1246, ext. 5024.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment ( Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide.

The NSF Global Food Division provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, from agriculture, produce, processing, distribution, retail and restaurants. NSF-GFTC, now part of NSF International’s Global Food Division, provides food safety and quality consulting, auditing, training, quality and technical services along with innovative solutions for the food and beverage industry to help leading processors and manufacturers improve their people, process and products (

Media Contacts:

Canada: Lise Smedmor, NSF-GFTC Phone: 519-821-1246, ext. 5024 Email:

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