Outlines ambitious new commitments that will drive environmental
sustainability programming through to the end of 2018
TORONTO, June 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Climate change, water and sustainable
communities - these are the top three environmental priorities to be
addressed by RBC in the coming four years, as outlined in the new RBC Environmental Blueprint. Launched today, this new roadmap outlines how we will approach
environmental sustainability globally from now until 2018. Every
roadmap needs a destination, so this document not only sets out the
corporate environmental policy, objectives and priorities; it includes
aggressive targets and a new area of focus to work towards.
"Our Blueprint sets the direction for us to continue to do better: in
the way we do business with clients, the way we procure goods and
services, in how we operate our own premises, and in how we support
environmental initiatives," said Gord Nixon, CEO of RBC. "These efforts
make a real difference for our children, our communities and our
planet. The ambitious targets we set in the Blueprint show how far
we've come and how far we are willing to go."
What's new in the RBC Environmental Blueprint?
Reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions and the amount of office paper
Commitment to reduce electronic waste going to landfill down to zero
Pledge to double the amount of LEED certified space we occupy
Addition of sustainable communities, which joins climate change and
water, as one of our three priority environmental issues
Expansion of our long-standing environmental and social credit risk
management policies to cover all regions where we operate
Why RBC made leadership in environmental stewardship a priority
We believe our future, and the future of the next generation, depends on
taking intentional steps to help our organization and others be
environmentally responsible. Our history of environmental stewardship
and sustainability dates back to 1991, when we appointed our first
environmental risk manager and introduced our first formal
environmental policy. Our programs and policies have evolved
significantly over the past two decades. In 2007, RBC published the
first RBC Environmental Blueprint, which served as our multi-year plan
for integrating environmental sustainability into RBC's business
activities and operations, and building out employee engagement and
We will report on progress against the Blueprint commitments on an
annual basis, with the first progress report scheduled for the spring
To find out more about RBC's Environmental Blueprint please visit: www.rbc.com/community-sustainability.
About RBC Community & 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.
We employ approximately 79,000 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 42 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 2014 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
RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations,
sponsorships, community investments and employee volunteer activities.
In 2013, we contributed more than $104 million to causes worldwide,
including donations and community investments of more than $69 million
and $35 million in sponsorships. Learn more at rbc.com/community-sustainability.
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