TORONTO, Dec. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - As Canada's most international bank,
Scotiabank today recognized World AIDS Day as part of its commitment to
raise awareness about a disease affecting men, women and children
across Canada and around the world.
"Scotiabank has been a longstanding and active participant in efforts to
support people affected by HIV/AIDS and raise awareness about this
terrible disease," said Kaz Flinn, Vice President of Corporate Social
Responsibility for Scotiabank. "I am proud of the contribution that
Scotiabankers in Canada have made this year to AIDS service
organizations across the country through the Scotiabank Bright Future
In 2012, some of Scotiabank's HIV/AIDS contributions in Canada included:
Scotiabankers raised $36,000 through participation in the Scotiabank
AIDS Walk for Life. Overall, the 2012 Walk collected approximately $1.5
million in funds and since 1996 has raised about $38 million in support
of community-based AIDS organizations across Canada. The 2012 Walk
attracted more than 8,000 walkers, participants and spectators at 47
Walk events organized across the country.
Within its workforce, the Scotiabank Pride Employee Resource Group helps
foster an inclusive environment where employees and customers of the
lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender (LGBT) community and their allies
feel safe, valued & respected. In September, the Group organized a
panel discussion with Scotiabank leaders to talk about the value of
allies and showcase the "You Can Play" Foundation, aimed at ensuring
equality, respect and safety for all athletes without regard to sexual
orientation in professional and amateur sport.
Scotiabank, for the fifth year in a row, was the presenting sponsor of
the Friends for Life Bike Rally, a Toronto-to-Montreal cycling event
which raises money for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation,
Canada's largest direct provider of services and support to men, women
and children living with HIV/AIDS. The 2012 event involved 400 cyclists
and crew and raised $1.3 million. Since its inception in 1999 the Rally
has raised $10.4 million.
"We are very pleased to have Scotiabank as the presenting sponsor of the
Friends for Life Bike Rally," said Murray Jose, Executive Director of
Toronto People With AIDS (PWA) Foundation. "The Bank has demonstrated
real commitment for the cause by providing the long-term stability
necessary to execute this logistically-complex event year after year.
Their support has also added credibility and therefore attracted
additional sponsors and over 13,000 individual donors each year. This
translates into vital support for PWA and enables us to better meet the
needs of men, women and children living with HIV-AIDS."
Internationally, Scotiabank is a proud supporter of the Regional
HIV/AIDS Testing Day program. This year the program had more
participants than ever before as Scotiabank hosted clinics across 17
countries that provided access to confidential testing and counseling
for more than 13,000 people.
Scotiabank's support of local and regional initiatives to raise
awareness of the disease is a key component of the Bank's Global
HIV/AIDS Strategy aimed at addressing this life-threatening disease.
"Scotiabank has been supporting HIV/AIDS initiatives since 2001 and that
led to the development of our Global HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2011," said
Ms. Flinn. "Our strategy on HIV/AIDS and supporting pillars builds on
the good work that has already been done across our network through the
Scotiabank Bright Future program. It also underscores Scotiabank's
commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and more specifically,
the UN's Millennium Development goal on combating HIV/AIDS."
Scotiabank's Global HIV-AIDS Strategy is formed around three pillars:
Fighting Stigma and Discrimination: Scotiabank will continue to strengthen and implement workplace best
practices in its offices and branches. With more than 81,000 employees
in more than 55 countries worldwide, Scotiabank is in a unique position
to combat stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS.
Promoting Awareness and Education: Scotiabank will continue its work in promoting awareness and education
on HIV/AIDS and seek out new initiatives with a particular focus on
children and youth.
Contributing Donations and Volunteering: Scotiabank will continue to promote and leverage the work of local
grassroots organizations, employee volunteer initiatives and in-kind
contributions in countries around the world through its Global Bright
To find out more about Scotiabank's Global HIV/AIDS Strategy and other
Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives visit www.scotiabank.com/csr.
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic
program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader
internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable
donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on
average approximately $45 million annually to community causes around
the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
For further information:
Deborah Clark, Scotiabank Media Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416.933.0646