Recognized by employees as one of Canada's most environmentally
TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - Scotiabank is proud to be named for the second
consecutive year as one of THE GREEN 30 by Maclean's Magazine. THE GREEN 30 is a list of Canadian companies whose employees believe their employers
best incorporate environmental stewardship into their business models
and corporate cultures.
"Finding ways to reduce our environmental impact is top of mind for
Scotiabank and its employees and an integral part of our global Bright
Future program," said Sylvia Chrominska, Group Head, Global Human
Resources and Communications, Scotiabank. "Across all levels of the
Bank employees have been helping build environmental awareness into our
everyday operations. We are very proud of this recognition, both
because the environment is important to all of us at Scotiabank and
because it comes from our employees."
The list of 30 companies was independently compiled by AONHewitt
Associates, gathered from their Best Employers study. As with the Best
Employers and Best Small & Medium Employers studies, earning a spot on THE GREEN 30 list was based on the opinion of each employer's workforce. Employees
at over 250 Canadian organizations were surveyed regarding their
employer's commitment to environmental stewardship. The list recognizes
companies where both employers and employees are engaged in efforts to
mitigate environmental damage, reduce pollution, cut down on waste,
promote green behaviours, and foster sustainable, healthy growth.
In 2010 Scotiabank in Canada achieved many environmental milestones,
most notably the introduction of the Bank's Canadian flagship
environmental program, EcoLiving. With the EcoLiving website (www.ecoliving.scotiabank.com) as the centerpiece, the objective of EcoLiving is to help Canadians,
including employees, discover how they can make greener choices for
their homes, reduce their energy bills and take advantage of government
Two components of the EcoLiving program have since been launched. In
October, the EcoLiving Awards honouring businesses and students for
excellence in enabling residential energy efficiency were introduced.
The first award recipients will be announced June 2, 2011. The
EcoLiving magazine, which augments the website with seasonally specific
articles on greening options for the home, was introduced in November
2010. The second edition of the EcoLiving magazine will be published
in June and available at Scotiabank branches across Canada.
Other 2010 environmental highlights included:
Through Scotiabank's Environmental Paper Policy, which was implemented
in 2008, Scotiabank employees have continued to reduce their
consumption of bond copy paper reaching a new total reduction of 24 per
cent by the end of 2010.
Scotiabank's peer recognition program - Applause - was enhanced to offer
employees a way to recognize coworkers for their environmentally
friendly actions at work. Since the program launched in November, 2010,
more than 1700 EcoApplauses have been sent.
Scotiabank recently launched EcoEnergy Financing Options for small
business owners and home owners across Canada, for small-scale energy
projects such as solar panels. Financing options for agriculture and
commercial customers for renewable energy projects are also available.
"We are honoured to be named to THE GREEN 30," said Kaz Flinn, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility,
Scotiabank. "Our employees have been very engaged in helping us achieve
our environmental goals and I would like to thank them for their
enthusiastic commitment. We have more initiatives on the horizon and
we look forward to meeting new goals that will help protect our
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic
program, 'Bright Future'. Recognized as a leader internationally and
among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and
philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average
approximately $44 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, 416-933-0646, firstname.lastname@example.org