RBC maps out its paper route



    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - RBC today announced that in ongoing efforts to
reduce its environmental footprint, it is migrating selected paper stocks to
sustainably sourced paper throughout its operations in Canada, the United
States and the United Kingdom.
    "RBC's Environmental Blueprint commits to the goal of ensuring all paper
purchases are certified as coming from sustainably managed forests and or
containing recycled content," said Sandra Odendahl, RBC's director, corporate
environmental affairs. "The switch in Canada, the United States and the United
Kingdom to certified sustainably sourced paper advances RBC towards meeting
this goal."
    On August 5, all of RBC's Canadian operations began purchasing office
paper, including copy, print and fax paper, from Forest Stewardship Council
(FSC) certified sources. In addition, Canadian client statement envelopes and
all ATM envelopes will also come from FSC certified stocks as of October 1.
RBC operations in the United States will switch all office paper stocks
available on the web-based procurement system to FSC-certified paper by
September 30.
    RBC's United Kingdom operations' print, copy and fax paper are elemental
chlorine-free and carry at least one of the following certifications: ISO
14001, FSC or the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
Also, one third of RBC's UK office paper supply is sourced from 100 per cent
recycled material.
    RBC offices will use all existing paper inventory and begin purchasing
FSC or sustainably-sourced paper to replenish supplies.
    "With this substantial shift to responsible sourcing of paper, RBC is
making a real difference for Boreal forest conservation," said Alan Young,
corporate program manager for the Canadian Boreal Initiative. "We view
FSC-certified materials as the responsible choice for paper buyers and would
like to congratulate RBC for taking this important step in reducing their
corporate environmental footprint."
    RBC would also like to recognize Xerox Canada and Domtar Corp. for their
continued support of RBC's commitment to sustainably sourced paper.

    Other Paper Initiatives

    RBC has been a major supporter of paperless and electronic banking
options for clients. Since 2006, our clients have helped save approximately
375 million sheets or 1,700 metric tonnes of paper by selecting paperless
account statements. Using the Environmental Defense Fund Paper Calculator,
these paper savings are equivalent to approximately 45,000 trees.
    RBC is also implementing a supply chain management program to ensure a
secure supply of sustainably sourced paper for printed forms, marketing
material and direct mail products.

    About FSC Paper

    The Forest Stewardship Council is an international, non-governmental
organization dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's
forests. FSC was founded in 1993 in response to concern about deforestation
and demand for trustworthy sources in an effort to protect the world's Boreal
Forests.
    A forest certification and labelling system for forestry products that
comes from responsibly managed forests, FSC certification ensures wood
harvesting operations are third-party audited against a rigorous set of
environmental and social criteria. Wood fibre from FSC-certified forests is
tracked from the woodlot through sawmill and pulp & paper operations to the
end consumer. For further information regarding FSC-certified forestry
products visit fsc.org.

    RBC's Commitment to the Environment

    Switching to sustainable forestry products is a natural progression of
RBC's longstanding commitment to the environment. RBC has been named one of
the world's top 100 sustainable companies for four consecutive years,
according to the "Global 100" ranking compiled by Innovest Strategic Advisors.
    RBC's Environmental Blueprint outlines its commitment to offer
innovative, practical and cost-effective financial products and services to
promote environmentally sustainable choices, as well as the enterprise's own
initiatives to manage its environmental footprint.
    For full details on all RBC environmental initiatives, please visit RBC
and the Environment.





For further information:

For further information: Beja Rodeck, RBC, Media Relations, (416)
974-5506


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