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  An update from RBC Corporate Environmental Affairs

January 2011   


New and Notable

RBC launches Greening your Business Advice Guide


Green Your business

To support our clients, RBC has published: Greening your business: A guide to getting started. This guide supports the new Business Financial Services Green Strategy and is targeted to commercial and small businesses. Inside you'll find case studies and RBC client stories, as well as information on environmental sustainability and why it matters, the business case for going green, and how companies can create their own green plan. The guide is also supported by a number of articles and videos available in the Greening your business section of the RBC Commercial Advice Centre.




RBC Revamps Environmental and Social Risk
Management for Capital Markets Business


In late 2010, RBC introduced a new Policy on Environmental and Social Risk Management for RBC Capital Markets. More than 250 Capital Markets staff in Toronto, Calgary, New York, Houston and London participated in training sessions on how to gather the appropriate information on relevant environmental and social aspects of our clients' businesses to evaluate how they are preventing or mitigating impacts on their operations and on the environment.

This newest addition to our suite of environmental risk policies establishes requirements for lenders to assess clients' environmental management systems, liabilities, compliance with environment and labour regulations, community relations, consultation with indigenous peoples, and impacts on air, land and water. The new policy applies to corporate lending, debt and equity underwriting. Read our news release RBC launches Policy on Environment and Social Risk Management for Capital Markets for more information.




Want to Learn More about Green Manufacturing?


Shifting Markets, Shifting Mindsets

RBC has partnered with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada's largest industry and trade association, and issued a Report on Business & the Environment: Manufacturing 2011. The report highlights some of the opportunities that manufacturers have to create and maximize value by capitalizing on the business case for going green. The report also explores how manufacturers can execute on new business strategies in which environmental sustainability plays a pivotal role. This report is the first in a series addressing the top sustainability issues in Canadian business.




RBC Blue Water Project Update

RBC

The RBC Blue Water Project is our wide-ranging, global commitment to help protect the world's most precious natural resource: fresh water. Since 2007, RBC has pledged almost $27 million to over 350 not-for-profit organizations worldwide that protect watersheds or ensure access to clean drinking water.

Why water? Part of our role as a bank is to ensure we understand the full scope of risks and opportunities facing our clients. Sectors that depend on water for their operations could face financial and operational risks if they do not have access to clean water where and when they need it, and in the volumes required to run their operations. On the flip side, water quality and quantity issues will present opportunities for our business clients who are developing and commercializing innovations in water supply, efficiency, treatment and automated control. Visit RBC Blue Water Project for information.

RBC Blue Water Project


RBC named to Canadian Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index 2010

2010 Carbon Disclosure Project

RBC is among 15 companies named to the Canadian Carbon Disclosure (CDP) Leadership Index 2010, a prestigious honour roll of companies that lead in understanding and managing the financial risks and opportunities resulting from climate change. Climate change is one of RBC's three priority environmental issues. You can read more about our environmental policy, priorities and objectives in the RBC Environmental Blueprint. Our CDP submission can be viewed online at: RBC CDP Response 2010.




Profile in Green Financing

Affordable Green Housing Project in Oregon


Affordable Green Housing Project in Oregon Affordable Green Housing Project in Oregon

Town Center Station, on the outskirts of Portland, is a newly constructed low-income apartment community consisting of 52 units. RBC Tax Credit Equity Group invested $6.6 million and takes a 99% equity ownership position in affordable housing projects in the United States. Town Center Station has many unique green features including:

  • Rooftop solar system
  • Rainwater treatment using native plants and a sand bed filtration system - discharge bypasses municipal storm sewers
  • Energy Star appliances & lighting, water-conserving fixtures and community garden
  • Adjacent to public transit, light rail and bus lines
  • A block from Portland metro area's 40-mile loop, a bicycle / walking path encircling the metro area

The RBC Tax Credit Equity Group invested over $260 million in 31 affordable housing developments in fiscal 2010. To learn more, please see RBC Tax Credit Equity Group.





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