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Desjardins Group's national involvement

Desjardins Group's national involvement

In 2012, Desjardins Group made its mark through considerable involvement in the communities it serves. Over $85 million was reinvested in the community through philanthropic partnerships, sponsorships, scholarships and bursaries.

Desjardins Foundation helps a large number of young people access technical, professional or higher education. It rewards excellence and encourages students to persevere until they receive their diploma.

In the last 40 years, it has distributed $12 million to close to 9,000 young people.

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In 2012, Desjardins Group made its mark through considerable involvement in the communities it serves. Over $85 million was reinvested in the community through philanthropic partnerships, sponsorships, scholarships and bursaries.

Desjardins is actively involved in the community life of its members and clients by promoting:

  • education and culture
  • cooperative values
  • a healthy lifestyle

We also participate in various projects that reflect our development priorities and our members' concerns.

Desjardins supports education in many ways, including support for organizations that promote:

  • financial literacy1 and security
  • skills development
  • research and innovation
  • economic development

Desjardins Group is active throughout the territory and a key player in cooperation.
We take part in initiatives that promote the cooperative model and personal commitment.

As the only financial institution to have adopted a regional development policy, Desjardins is an active partner in the promotion of entrepreneurial culture.

Desjardins values health and healthy lifestyle habits by funding programs that promote quality of life and the physical and mental well-being of individuals and communities.

We take part in the organization of cultural events to:

  • initiate young people to culture
  • groom new, upcoming artists
  • promote creativity

1. Financial Consumer Agency of Canada's definition: "Having the knowledge, skills and confidence to make responsible financial decisions."

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Desjardins was built through the regions and so, has established national policies to support their development.

Regional Economic Development Policy

Desjardins has adopted a Regional Economic Development Policy based on its principles of mutual assistance, solidarity, equality and subsidiarity.

Its democratic structure provides the regions with decision-making power by grouping each region's caisses into 17 councils of representatives. These councils are made up of elected officers and caisse general managers.

The presidents of these 17 councils sit on the Desjardins Group Board of Directors. They are regularly called on to help make decisions that will directly affect the future of their cooperatives and regions.

The councils have decision-making power when it comes to regional business plans, representation in social and economic organizations in their region and granting donations and sponsorships.

Regional Deconcentration Policy

In 2001, Desjardins adopted a Deconcentration Policy for activities carried out by the FCDQ and the subsidiaries in non-urban regions.

The purpose of this policy is in part to ensure that due consideration is given to the possibility of decentralizing activities initially planned for large urban centres.

A fine example of this policy's successful application is the 2002 grouping of student loan management activities into a single centre located in Gaspé. A local investment of over $3 million helped create around 100 jobs in this region in economic decline. The Desjardins Group Student Service Centre in Gaspé had a multiplying effect on the local economy, creating over 35 indirect jobs.

Shawinigan Declaration

A summary of the April 22, 2010, national conference on the future of territories.

View summary: Résumé (in French only, PDF, 375 KB).

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