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An update from RBC Corporate Sustainability Group January 2015

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Don't Under Estimate Transportation Costs
When Choosing a Home

Homebuyers may find that their options look very different once transportation costs are factored in, according to a new report from RBC and the Pembina Institute. Location Matters: Factoring location costs into homebuying decisions shows that seemingly less expensive homes located further from the workplace can actually cost more when transportation and commuting expenses are considered. In one example, a family could save more than $2,000 a month by choosing a suburban location where they only need one car. Four homebuyers took part in the research where each was presented with up to five home purchasing options. Each option was analyzed for cost and benefits, including commuting time, walkability of the neighbourhood and other lifestyle aspects. This survey is the latest instalment in the "Location Matters" series from RBC and the Pembina Institute, researching the factors that influence home purchasing decisions and encouraging the shift to livable, vibrant and more sustainable communities.

Don't Under Estimate Transportation Costs <Br />When Choosing a Home

Socially Responsible Investments Up 16% Since 2013

Socially Responsible Investments Up 16% Since 2013Socially responsible investments (SRI) now represent $1 out of every $5 of assets under management in Canada. SRI involves the formal integration of social values into the traditional investment process, providing a way for individuals to act on their concerns. Consequently, SRI has emerged as a viable investment approach for those Canadians who want to achieve competitive investment returns while ensuring that their money is managed in accordance with certain social and environmental values. RBC offers our clients SRI mutual fund products through RBC Global Asset Management using SRI research and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) screens developed by Sustainalytics, as well as segregated SRI portfolio management services for institutional and high-net-worth clients. Total assets under management in Canada and United States in SRI products and portfolios reached nearly $3.8 billion at the end of October 2014, representing a 16% increase over the previous year.

Millennials Imagine New Way to Save for Retirement

Millennials Imagine New Way to Save for RetirementWhat's the next great idea that will help us solve our most pressing societal issues? RBC Social Finance wanted to know, and challenged 100 RBC Career Launch Associates to disrupt the status quo and describe an innovation in finance that offers social and environmental benefits. On January 22, the top 5 teams pitched their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges who were looking for business plans that delivered a double or triple bottom line. Ultimately, it was the team who developed a new product to help Canadians save for retirement without having to change their spending habits that took top prize. Congratulations to all of the participants who demonstrated how social innovation can transform business for good. To learn more the RBC Social Finance initiative, please visit


RBC Brings Home Three Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Awards

RBC Brings Home Three Excellence in Corporate Responsibility AwardsAt Canada's fourth annual Excellence in Corporate Responsibility (ECR) held on November 26, 2014 in Toronto, RBC was the recipient of not one, but three ECR Awards. The ECR's Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Shari Austin, VP of Corporate Citizenship and Executive Director of the RBC Foundation. The award, the event's most prestigious prize, recognizes an individual's body of work dedicated to creating sustainable environmental and ethical practices in business. RBC also won the ECR Water Conservation and Security Award for our continuing success of RBC Blue Water Day. RBC also won an ECR Award in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (GHG) category for our work in supporting commitments to reduce energy and GHG emissions in our operations and promote the growth of renewable energy. The awards program, developed by Green Living Enterprises, is designed to celebrate Canadians and Canadian organizations who are transforming business practices to create sustainable social and environmental change.


Profiles in Green Financing: Creating a Clean Tech Centre of Excellence

How do you demonstrate that you believe in clean tech? Have your building do the talking! In 2012, S. Strashin and Sons Limited ("Strashin"), acquired the old Cooper Canada Sporting Goods facility in Toronto's west end, a four storey building of 320,000 ft2. Their intention was to turn this into a "green" building targeting LEED Gold certification. Strashin is attracting clean tech companies for tenancy to create a clean tech centre of excellence. As part of their efforts to minimize their impact on the environment, Strashin installed a 300 kW solar photo voltaic system on the building's roof to generate clean electricity and benefit from the Government of Ontario FIT initiative. RBC, through our Knowledge Based Industries Group is proud to have worked with the Strashin family and to have financed this solar roof top installation in 2014.

Profiles in Green Financing: Creating a Clean Tech Centre of Excellence   Profiles in Green Financing: Creating a Clean Tech Centre of Excellence



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