Desjardins stands out as an employer that promotes health in the workplace: Desjardins Card Services obtains the Healthy Enterprise standard

MONTREAL, April 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Card Services, a business unit of Desjardins Group, has obtained the Healthy Enterprise standard, an ISO-type certification issued by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) to companies that promote the adoption of healthy practices and maintain a healthy work environment.

"I am very pleased to observe the interest shown by a large organization like Desjardins towards the Healthy Enterprise standard. It is not only in the interest of the company. By investing in the health of its employees, Desjardins wishes to see healthy habits among its employees transmitted to their families as well. The implementation of this standard is a gesture of social commitment, which is directly in line with Desjardins' cooperative philosophy," says Jacques Girard, director of the Bureau de normalisation du Québec.

"This certification confirms the commitment on the part of Desjardins Card Services (DCS) to offer employees a distinctive work environment that is favourable to their health and well-being. This distinction is the crowning feature of many initiatives undertaken to contribute to the overall health and the personal and professional development of our employees, and it also reiterates Desjardins Group's standing as an employer of choice," according to André Chatelain, vice-president of Desjardins Card Services.

Among the initiatives taken by DCS are the 10-minute health breaks for employees consisting of stretching and breathing techniques. A "Carrefour santé" is also imminent, giving employees access to a nurse one or two days per week.

About Desjardins Group

Awarded the coveted title "Bank of the Year 2010 - Canada" by the UK magazine The Banker, Desjardins Group is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and the sixth largest in the world, with assets of over $172 billion. Drawing on the strength of its caisse network in Québec and Ontario, and its subsidiaries across Canada, it offers a full range of financial products and services to its 5.8 million members and clients. Desjardins specializes in Wealth Management and Life and Health Insurance, in Property and Casualty Insurance, in Personal Services, in Business and Institutional Services. As one of the largest employers in the country and one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate CulturesTM of 2010, Desjardins is supported by the skills of its 42,500 employees and the commitment of nearly 6,000 elected officers. For more information, visit www.desjardins.com.

SOURCE DESJARDINS GROUP

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Nathalie Genest
Media Relations Advisor
Desjardins Group
514-281-7275 or 1-866-866-7000, ext. 7275
media@desjardins.com

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