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Building a sustainable future

Kids playing basketball in the schoolyard

Sustainability is about constantly questioning how we can create a positive economic, social and environmental impact where it matters most for:

  • Our clients
  • Our communities
  • Our employees

Supporting sustainable development is an integral part of our common mission.  

Our ESG principles

Environment

We are working to develop a green economy

Social

We enrich communities

Governance

We govern according to the highest standards 

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Climat, Environment 

Take action on climate change today

We manage and reduce our environmental footprint in all aspects of our business.

Our new eco-friendly head office under construction is designed in accordance with the highest environmental standards. The use of materials and services from Quebec and Canada will be prioritized during the project.

Thanks to a remote management system that optimizes the energy consumption of our buildings, we can save millions of kilowatt hours of electricity annually, as well as thousands of cubic metres of natural gas.

Our goal? To maintain our environmental leadership in North America and reduce GHGs from our own operations by 25% by 2025.

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The scene opens with a centered shot of a trail in the forest. In the distance you hear the sound of a bike. The whole thing is presented almost like a documentary.

What if we set out to build a better future for our children…

A child on his bike enters the frame. He rides down the trail enjoying this moment in nature.

while taking care of our planet?

The child continues on his way.

By 2025, National Bank will reduce its own greenhouse gas missions by 25%.


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It is daytime in a schoolyard. The camera is close up on the face of a white girl.

What if we all set out to change the rules of the game…

As the camera moves back, we see a young boy of African-American descent who is in the same position as her.

so that tomorrow, everyone would have an equal opportunity to play? 

The camera continues to move back and we now see five or six more children, all of different nationalities, playing street hockey.

By 2023, National Bank will have 1 in 4 employees who is a visible minority.


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Diversity, Inclusion

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We work with several partners to carry out a leadership role in the development of an inclusive and proud community.

We actively support women, cultural communities and the LGBTQ+ community through various partnerships.

We are also featured in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and Canada's Best Diversity Employers.

Our goal? To increase diversity and inclusion in our workforce by 2023 by employing more than a quarter of individuals from diverse backgrounds. 

Three women face icon

International Women's Day

By encouraging women to be financially independent now, we can help build a more equal future. 

Local economy, SMEs

Take action to support local businesses today

As the ideal bank for entrepreneurs and partner for SMEs, we are committed to building lasting relationships and providing services for our local small and medium-sized businesses.

We are proud to support a dozen accelerators and incubators as well as various training programs specifically designed for entrepreneurs. 

We also provide entrepreneurs with products and services that simplify the daily management of their business, such as accounting, telemedicine and appointment scheduling services.

What's new? The creation of the SME Growth Fund, which will invest $200 million to help businesses succeed. 

Video transcript

We see the façade of an office building. It's very early in the morning and still quite dark. A woman entrepreneur walks into the frame. She walks to the building and unlocks the door.

Entrepreneurship isn’t just about launching the businesses of tomorrow…

She enters the business. After a few moments, the lights gradually turn on until they are all on.

it’s also about doing what it takes to relaunch the businesses of today. 

 

The $200 million National Bank SME Growth Fund will stimulate local business innovation.


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At National Bank, we are committed to creating a positive impact in people's lives. We integrate environmental, social and governance issues into our business and operational decisions. 

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The scene opens on a building in a Canadian community. We hear the faint sound of an aerosol can in the distance. The camera moves in toward the sound. 

What if we set out to join forces…

The camera reveals a muralist producing a mural on a wall of a community building.

to reach our full potential together.

The camera gradually moves back to see the entire fresco. It is intended to represent the community coming together.

National Bank supports 300 organizations that change lives in our communities.


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Philanthropy

Take action to change lives today 

As an important economic player in Quebec and Canada since 1859, National Bank aims to foster the development of the communities it serves. 

We have achieved this goal through well-defined donation and sponsorship programs, through the commitment of our employees and retirees who are volunteers in their communities, and through successful fundraising efforts with our clients' participation. 

We support over 300 organizations across Canada involved in many areas such as entrepreneurship, health, education, arts and culture, cybersecurity, financial literacy and sports. We also have 26,000 employees active in the community every day.

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49,042

Hours volunteered by our employees1,2

$13M

In institutional
donations

$99G

In Canadian
business financing 

16%

Reduction of global GHG emissions since 20174,5

58%

Female workforce at the Bank1,3

Reports and documents

Find out how we create a positive economic, social and environmental impact.

Investing for the future: our leaders speak out

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Legal notes

1. In Canada.

2. Employees enter their volunteer hours in a centralized tool on a voluntary basis.

3. Data as of December 31, 2019. 

4. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data for the 2018-2019 fiscal year will be verified by an independent third party.

5. Data excludes U.S. and International Specialty Finance.

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