LÉVIS, QC, Oct. 2, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group's 2011 Social and Cooperative Responsibility Report is now available on its website at www.desjardins.com/socialresponsibilityreport.
The report is based on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) performance indicators and presents Desjardins Group's governance, sustainable development and social responsibility initiatives. Numerous concrete examples of the Desjardins difference are presented throughout the report, raising awareness and garnering recognition for the social and environmental performance of Canada's top corporate citizen, according to Corporate Knights.
The 2011 Social and Cooperative Responsibility Report shows all the ways that Desjardins is different from other financial institutions, such as the democratic governance assumed by its members, the socially responsible financial products (microcredit, green discounts, ethical investment funds), the amount of scholarships and bursaries awarded by Fondation Desjardins, the number of countries where Développement international Desjardins is active, and the amount paid out in donations and sponsorships and to the Community Development Fund, to name only a few.
"Our social responsibility underpins our resolve to be creators of sustainable development as we work to balance economic, social and environmental imperatives. It is an extension of what distinguishes us as a cooperative financial group," stated Monique F. Leroux, Chair of the Board, President and CEO.
About Desjardins Group
Desjardins Group www.desjardins.com is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada with assets of $194 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 5.6 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. "Best Corporate Citizen in Canada" for 2012 and among Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2012TM, Desjardins is supported by the skills of its 44,645 employees and the commitment of nearly 5,400 elected officers. A new education and cooperation program is now available to Desjardins members and the general public. For more information, visit www.desjardins.com/co-opme.
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