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.
Alternative Transportation Program
Desjardins Group has adopted its Alternative Transportation Program to encourage employees to avoid travelling alone by car when commuting between work and home or for local or regional business travel.
The program includes 4 components:
- Encouraging active transportation (walking, biking, jogging)
- Encouraging the use of public transit (train, bus, metro, ferry)
- Facilitating carpooling
- Limiting commuting by promoting technological tools (video conferencing or teleconferencing), while evaluating the environmental impacts of these technologies (such as increased data use)
Alternative transportation is beneficial for everyone
- Improve their health and quality of life thanks to physical activity
- Reduce stress
- Reduce commuting costs
- Gain a feeling of pride by taking concrete action with respect to their personal values about health and the environment
- The community
- Benefits from better air and environmental quality, thanks to a reduction in pollution, noise and traffic congestion
Desjardins is supporting the shift to electric transportation through its commitment to installing electric vehicle charging stations across Quebec and Eastern Ontario. By adding these stations in regions of its caisse network that have little recharging infrastructure, Desjardins is encouraging the use of hybrid and electric vehicles and helping people contribute to the transition to clean energy. At the end of 2020, Desjardins had installed 268 charging stations, 225 of which were accessible to the public.