Congratulations to the Desjardins Group for blowing the doors off their own green goals. The company is the largest integrated cooperative financial group in Canada, with 40,000 employees, 5.8 million members and overall assets of $144 billion. Early into the green movement, The Desjardins Paper Challenge was developed in 2005 with the goal of reducing company consumption of paper by 15% in 3 years. The program actually resulted in a 21% decrease, or 43 million pieces of paper and 3,435 trees.
The company also has the Desjardins Eco-Friendly Statement Challenge, which commits the company to plant a tree for every customer who switches to paperless statements. The original goal was to plant 100,000 trees by 2009, they passed that mark in 2007.
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Desjardins Group Surpasses the Objectives of Its Desjardins Paper Challenge and Desjardins Eco-friendly Statement Challenge