As a supporter of the principles of the International Co-operative Alliance, Desjardins Group has always been an advocate of long-term development that balances the 3 dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.
Accordingly, Desjardins adopted a sustainable development policy (PDF, 285 KB) - This link will open in a new window. in 2005 to provide a framework for our efforts in terms of products and services, management practices and socioeconomic leadership. The policy is reviewed every 5 years.
Environmental protection is a key factor of our sustainable development policy. To put this policy into action, Desjardins has implemented various initiatives.
Desjardins strives to reduce waste. We've been managing residual waste at our main workplaces for many years. Our property management teams have rolled out the Récüp program to harmonize our approach to residual waste management.
Concrete measures are in place to reduce how much residual waste we generate and to promote reuse and recycling based on the 5Rs (rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose). In order to track our performance, every year we calculate our output of waste and recycled and composted materials.
Paper reduction initiatives
Because we're aware of the environmental impact of paper, in 2019 we set a new objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with our overall paper consumption to 32% below 2018 levels by the end of 2024. We'll reach this objective by:
- Reducing our paper consumption
- Increasing our use of recycled paper
- Creating a taskforce of employees from different sectors to identify and prioritize ways we can use less paper
- Offering members and clients the flexibility of online statements and documents
Desjardins has implemented measures to reduce the energy consumption of its offices and buildings. Many of its buildings have received environmental certifications such as LEED and BOMA Best, meaning that they meet environmental criteria pre-defined by these certifications.
Desjardins strives to source goods and services from organizations that engage in responsible practices. Suppliers are selected through a rigorous process that includes an environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance assessment. We've adopted a Responsible Procurement Policy and a Supplier Code of Conduct, which clearly set out our responsible practice expectations. According to Quebec's Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation, we are a role model for responsible procurement.