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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 commitment policy to provide a framework for our efforts in terms of products and services, management practices and socio-economic leadership.

Environmental protection is a key factor of our sustainable development commitment policy. To put this commitment into action, Desjardins has implemented various initiatives.

Responsible practices

Waste management

Desjardins strives to reduce waste and we encourage our employees to recycle. In recent years, we've added a composting component to the existing waste sorting program at our 2 main worksites. In order to track our performance, every year we calculate our output of waste and recycled and composted materials.

Paper reduction initiatives

Desjardins consumes several hundred million sheets of paper every year in the course of its operations. Because we're aware of the environmental impact, 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

We also offer our members and clients the opportunity to gain flexibility while contributing to the reduction of Desjardins's environmental footprint by consulting their statements and documents online thanks to AccèsD and AccèsD Affaires services.

Learn more about AccèsD.

Learn more about AccèsD Affaires.

Energy efficiency

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.

Procurement

Desjardins strives to source goods and services from organizations that engage in responsible economic, social and environmental practices. Suppliers are selected based on an objective analysis of their economic, social, environmental and ethical performance. We've adopted a Supplier Code of Conduct, which clearly sets out our responsible practice expectations.

See the Desjardins Group Supplier Code of Conduct (PDF, 72 KB) - This link will open in a new window.

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