In 2014, we shared a lot of news on our sustainability initiatives at TELUS. We hope to do more of that this year, whether it’s to update you on the progress of our new LEED-certified developments in Vancouver and Calgary, or to tell you about the cool things we’re doing like solar projects or rooftop urban gardens – we have lots planned and are always pushing ahead to become a global leader in sustainability.
With that said, I’m excited to share our most recent news. TELUS has once again been named one of the world’s most sustainable corporations on the Corporate Knights 2015 #global100 list in recognition of our commitment to corporate social responsibility and leadership in sustainability.
The Global 100 list highlights top performers in each industry, and we are honoured to be ranked 37th, up from 70th last year and one of only 12 Canadian companies on the list. Significantly, we are the only North American telecom company to earn this distinction! We are certainly in good company on this list and we applaud the rest of the Global 100 organizations. Interestingly, 85 per cent of this list, like TELUS, linked executive pay to strong sustainability performance.
This is the fifth time TELUS has been included on the list of top corporate citizens. In its 11th year, the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World rankings were announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland today. For more information, visit Global100.com.
Here are just a few of the initiatives we’ve established to land our spot on the Global 100 list:
- TELUS Work Styles – our team is empowered to work from wherever they are most productive. This approach is quickly becoming the global standard for employers seeking to empower a mobile workforce and achieve greater productivity and engagement while reducing real estate and business travel costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Our growing portfolio of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) work places and Internet Data Centres that leverage the world’s most advanced environmental technologies to reduce energy consumption by up to 80 per cent.
- The implementation of hundreds of energy reduction initiatives through our Energy Management program, including our recent renewable energy pilot.
- Our commitment to providing transparent financial, corporate governance and sustainable development disclosure through our Annual Report and Corporate Social Responsibility Report.
- Our Procurement and Supply Chain Management sustainability efforts, including performing risk assessments of our top strategic suppliers, updating our supplier code of conduct and embedding sustainability considerations into our request for proposal (RFP) processes.
Check back soon to see how our team is advancing our future friendly brand and creating healthier, more sustainable communities across Canada. Visit our blog or telus.com/sustainability
Geoff Pegg is a Director of Sustainability at TELUS