Hundreds of RBC Royal Bank employees strive to protect water

MONTREAL, June 2, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Water is one of our most precious natural resources. As part of the RBC Blue Water Project, hundreds of RBC employees have signed up to participate in more than 60 makeover projects dedicated to protecting local water sources in various regions across Quebec.

RBC employees will be busy cleaning shorelines, parks and streets, and planting vegetation to reduce the amount of paved surfaces and help manage stormwater runoff, as well as cultivating awareness about local water issues.

"Water is essential to all human activity, from meeting the most basic daily needs to ensuring the proper functioning of the global economy," said Martin Thibodeau, President, Quebec Headquarters, RBC Royal Bank. "We know that each gesture we make, no matter how small, can make a big difference in securing a better future. We're proud of the fact that, each year, employees from many regions help improve their community through makeover activities on RBC Blue Water Day," added Mr. Thibodeau.

For this year's edition of the RBC Blue Water Project, RBC will be donating $3.2 million in grants to 159 organizations worldwide that run programs aimed at improving water quality and stormwater management, as well as protecting and restoring urban waterways.

In 2014, over 20,000 employees got involved in 751 makeover activities around the world.

To learn more about all the Makeover projects, please visit: rbc.com/bluewater/.

About the RBC Blue Water Project

The RBC Blue Water Project is a historic, wide-ranging, 10‑year global commitment to help protect the world's most precious natural resource: fresh water. Since 2007, RBC has pledged over $44 million to more than 740 charitable organizations worldwide that protect water. This amount includes the grants announced today. What's more, RBC has pledged $8.8 million to universities to support their water programs. For more information, please visit rbc.com/bluewater.

About RBC community and sustainability

Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) is Canada's largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. It employs approximately 78,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 39 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com. RBC is recognized among the world's financial, social and environmental leaders and is listed on the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC is one of Canada's Greenest Employers, and one of Canada's 50 most Socially Responsible Corporations. Learn more at http://www.rbc.com/community-sustainability.

RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2014, we contributed more than $111 million to causes worldwide (more than $76 million in donations and $35 million in sponsorships).

 

SOURCE RBC ROYAL BANK

For further information: or to speak with an RBC Blue Water Project spokesperson, please contact: Denis Dubé, Manager, Media and Public Relations, RBC Royal Bank, 514-874-6556

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