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An update from RBC Corporate Sustainability Group May 2015

New and Notable

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Happy 1st Birthday!

It's been one year since we publicly launched the new RBC Environmental Blueprint, outlining our approach to environmental sustainability until 2018. So how are we doing? Recent environmental and sustainability highlights include:

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GHG intensity in our properties down 21% since 2012
Total paper use down 20% since 2012
96% of the paper we use is FSC certified
LEED certified office space up 30% since 2012
Conducted over 1,100 detailed environmental credit risk assessments on financial transactions and project finance deals worth $7.9 billion in 2014
Managed $3.78 billion in socially responsible investments, up 23% since 2012
Signed the Green Bond Principles
Donated $6.3 million to environmental charities in 2014

You can find other interesting facts and stats in the recently released 2014 RBC Corporate Responsibility Report.

Fifty Shades of Green

Green bonds have emerged as a popular debt instrument for supranationals, development banks, Governments, and corporations to unlock private capital for a variety of sustainable projects. The appeal of green bonds is their ability to support sustainability projects while maintaining the risk/reward characteristics of traditional fixed income products. In 2014, RBC signed the Green Bond Principles and participated in underwriting $1.7 billion in green bonds. Back in February, RBC Capital Markets hosted its 2nd annual Green Bond Conference in Toronto. This conference brought together over 80 participants to explore the growth of the green bond market globally, and its future development in Canada. Visit our report that summarizes the themes and highlights of the conference from three unique viewpoints - issuer perspective, investor perspective and green bond market outlook. Capital Markets

Can We Accomplish One Million Acts of Good? Round Two

Seven Consecutive Years of Good
Last year we came very close to achieving our target in the RBC One Million Acts of Good campaign. As the campaign title suggests, our target was to complete one million positive actions in one of three categories - wellness, caring about communities, and the environment. This year we took another kick at the can and in April, more than 10,700 employees from 29 countries participated in the 2nd enterprise-wide RBC One Million Acts of Good campaign. Over three weeks, we tracked an outstanding 1.2 Million Acts of Good, including over one million acts of green. How did we reach our target? We created an attractive campaign theme focusing on nutritious, sustainable food choices that can have a positive impact on health and the environment. We also leveraged RBC Connect (our RBC employee social network) to keep the conversation going and encourage employees to register their Acts of Good in a more relaxed communications environment.

Equator Principles Calls For More Detailed Reporting

RBC adopted the Equator Principles (EPs) over a decade ago to ensure projects we finance and advise on are developed in a manner that is socially responsible and reflects sound environmental management practices. Before financing a proposed project, RBC must ensure the client has complied with the EPs, and that any environmental and social issues associated with the project have been adequately considered, minimized, mitigated, or offset. The EPs applies to four financial products and services: Project finance, project finance advisory services, project-related corporate loans, and bridge loans. RBC was the first   Seven Consecutive Years of Good

Canadian bank to formally adopt the EPs in July 2003. RBC reports annually on our implementation of the EPs and last year we participated as an advisor on four projects and provided financing for nine projects that qualified under the EPs. For more details on the 13 transactions, visit RBC Equator Principles Reporting.

Lucky Number 7

Seven Consecutive Years of Good
RBC has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for the seventh consecutive year, according to a competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. Winners were evaluated on four factors: Unique initiatives and programs; reduction of environmental footprint; employee involvement, and the link between the company's 'green' initiatives and its public identity. Employers who receive this designation are recognized for developing exceptional earth-friendly initiatives and for attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership.

Upcoming Events

2015 RIA Conference
May 31 to June 2, Banff, Alberta
Join more than 300 delegates from Canada and around the world at the 2015 Responsible Investment Association (RIA) Conference, the premier event in Canada for responsible investment professionals. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to network with leaders in responsible investing, to hear from ESG specialists and thought leaders and to learn about the latest issues, trends and developments in the field. RBC is a Platinum sponsor of the conference.

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