Environmental protection is core to Bell’s corporate responsibility approach and to our goal of advancing how Canadians connect with each other and the world. This approach aligns with our Strategic Imperatives, and with our determination to help our customers reduce their carbon emissions while we minimize our carbon footprint and safeguard the environment in every aspect of our operations. Our Environmental policy, first issued in 1993, reflects our team members’ values, as well as the expectations of customers, investors, and society.
WHY IT MATTERS G R I 103
Almost all human activities have impacts on the environment. We believe that it is our responsibility to minimize the negative environmental impacts of our operations, and to create positive impacts where possible. We also know that our team members, our customers, and our investors expect this, and rightly so. Taking care of the environment makes good business sense. If we fail to take action to reduce our negative impacts on the environment, we risk losing our valuable team members and customers to competitors, we risk increased costs from fines or restoration, and we will likely lose investors, all of which would reduce our ability to generate revenues.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
Bell’s environmental leadership starts with our wide range of performance measures and innovative programs designed to meet regulatory requirements, protect the environment, and contribute to a better world. And it extends far beyond the company itself, from the requirements we include in supplier contracts to services like video conferencing that help customers meet their own environmental objectives. We have been expanding and evolving management of our environmental activities for over 25 years.
At Bell, we have been implementing and maintaining programs to reduce the environmental impact of our operations for more than 25 years. Our environmental management system (EMS) has been certified ISO 14001 since 2009, making us the first Canadian telecommunications company to be so designated. Our diligent work to sustain this certification, and our environmental protection performance in general, are recognized by numerous external organizations. We have continuously maintained this certification since then. In addition, Bell’s energy management system was certified ISO 50001Footnote 1: Our ISO 50001 certification covers Bell Canada’s energy management program associated with the activities of real estate management services, fleet services, radio broadcasting and digital media services, landline, wireless, TV, Internet services, connectivity, broadband services, data hosting and cloud computing, in addition to related general administrative functions. in 2020, making us the first North American communications company to be so designated.
BCE is recognized around the world for the effectiveness of our corporate responsibility and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) programs, as reflected in our inclusion in various sustainable indices and our receipt of sustainability awards. In 2020, BCE continued to be listed on socially responsible investment indices, such as the FTSE4Good Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the Euronext Vigeo World 120 index. BCE was again selected for inclusion in the Ethibel EXCELLENCE Investment Register.
These recognitions reflect our global environmental performance and the fact that many of our services and processes enable carbon abatement for us and our customers, from audio and video conferencing that substitute for business travel to cloud computing and virtualization The business service solutions industry truly has the potential to make a difference in the global pursuit of lower‑carbon economies and efficiencies driven by our business service solutions, which enable Bell to mitigate our own carbon footprint, while also enabling our customers and partners up and down our supply chain to successfully pursue their own carbon‑reduction strategies.
For more information about the carbon abatement potential of our technologies, please refer to Using Bell’s products and services helps fight climate change in the Customers section.