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An update from RBC Corporate Environmental Affairs Group June 2016

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Canadians Rank Climate Change as the Top Threat to Fresh Water

Awareness in Canada of the impact of climate change on our natural resources is at an all-time high. For the first time, climate change was ranked as a top threat to Canada's fresh water supply, according to this year's RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study. Now in its ninth year, the study also shed light on attitudes towards Canada's drinking water quality, revealing Canadians' concerns about water conditions on First Nations reserves.

Here are 5 key findings from the study.
What Happened in Paris? Outcomes from COP21   Half of the respondents ranked fresh water as Canada's most important natural resource (ahead of oil and gas, agricultural land, forests, base metals and fisheries).
What Happened in Paris? Outcomes from COP21   Climate change is seen as the top threat to fresh water in Canada (21% ranking it as the top threat, up from 7% in 2010).
What Happened in Paris? Outcomes from COP21   84 per cent of respondents report having confidence in the quality of the tap water in their home, despite the fact that a quarter have experienced boil water advisories.
What Happened in Paris? Outcomes from COP21   83 per cent are very or somewhat concerned about fresh water conditions on First Nations reserves (up 12% from 2010).
What Happened in Paris? Outcomes from COP21   Nine in ten Canadians (92%) think that the best way that Canada can protect and manage fresh water is by developing stricter rules and standards to manage water use by industry and municipalities.
Canadians Rank Climate Change as the Top Threat to Fresh Water

More than $3.2 million in Funding Announced to Support Fresh Water

On RBC Blue Water Day, June 2, RBC announced more than $3.2 million in donations to support water protection programs by 152 organizations in 6 countries. The donations will fund programs that improve urban water quality, enhance storm water management and protect and restore urban waterways. This is year nine of RBC's 10-year, $50 million global commitment to help protect the world's most precious natural resource: fresh water. Since its inception in 2007, the Project has pledged over $47 million to more than 760 charitable organizations worldwide that do their part to protect water. For more information, visit

More than $3.2 million in Funding Announced to Support Fresh Water

Team RBC Completes More Than 500 Community Makeovers on RBC Blue Water Day

Team RBC Completes More Than XXX Community Makeovers on RBC Blue Water DayJune 2nd marks the 6th annual RBC Blue Water Day. This year, Team RBC participated in more than 500 makeovers in 21 countries around the world. More than 8,000 RBCers participated in projects to help cultivate awareness of local water issues, clean up shorelines, parks or streets, or participate in creating smarter green spaces. Blue Water Day is part of our deeper social and environmental commitment to help our communities prosper where we live, work and play by protecting the water that we love.

This year, RBC held a mega makeover for about 4,000 colleagues in downtown Toronto. We partnered with Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to plant species that will decrease erosion and increase water quality in an area of need. We also partnered with Lake Ontario Waterkeeper to record stories from RBCers about why their local water is important to them.

Congratulations to our Hometown Heroes!

We would like to congratulate the 2015 Hometown Heroes who were announced at the 2016 Earth Day Canada Earth Ball which took place, fittingly, on Earth Day. The awards aim to recognize individuals and groups who engage others in support of a sustainable community. There was one winner in each of the four categories: Youth, Individual, Group, and Small Business. This year's winners made an impact in a variety of areas including: educating about harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie, constructing a rearing pond for salmon, engaging students through community events, and building a sustainable business strategy. RBC has been a proud supporter of the Hometown Heroes program in partnership with Earth Day Canada for the past seven years.

Congratulations to our Hometown Heroes!

Going Strong for 8 Years

Going Strong for 8 YearsRBC has been recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for the eighth consecutive year, according to a competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This designation recognizes employers that lead in four areas: creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organization, demonstrating a reduction in environmental footprint, implementing sound environmental initiatives, and attracting people to their company because of their environmental leadership. RBC's Environmental Blueprint commitments and colleague engagement initiatives were contributing factors in being recognized. Click here for more information on why RBC was selected.


Upcoming Events

Canadian Water Attitudes Webinar
June 14 Online
Chris Coulter of GlobeScan will present the results of the Canadian Water Attitudes Study, with commentary by notable water experts Bob Sandford and Robert Haller. To register for the webinar,
click here

Canadian Water Summit – The Business of Water – Innovation Across the Entire Life Cycle
June 23, Toronto
Water is a critical resource for many industries and businesses. This summit will focus on the use, reuse, value and cost of water across all major sectors of the Canadian economy. RBC is a Silver Sponsor of this event. For more information, click here

June 23, Toronto
World Wildlife Fund Canada's first ever Pandamonium fundraiser to protect wildlife and wild places across Canada. RBC is a Presenting sponsor. Click here for more information.

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