At Rogers, we are on a journey to becoming a leader in the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) space, with 70% of consumers wanting to know how companies address social and environmental issues. Giving back to our communities and doing our part to protect the environment for generations to come is one of our commitments to Canadians.
In November, Rogers – recently recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers – signed a significant partnership with Coastal First Nations (CFN) in British Columbia to support the growth of a conservation-based economy. This included purchasing carbon credits to offset some of our greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) through the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project.
Through the project, Indigenous communities sell carbon offsets and use the revenue to protect and preserve the Great Bear Rainforest, the world’s last intact temperate rainforest, and thereby increasing the amount of carbon stored. They do this by creating new conservation areas, reducing the number of trees that are cut, and improving forestry practices through eco-system based management.
The Coastal First Nations has now certified that the 4,000 tonnes of carbon offsets we have purchased will add to our progressive company-wide environmental management practices to help ensure a greener future for our business, communities, country and planet.
“The sale of carbon credits provides revenue to support social development within our communities, including new jobs in sustainable forestry, stewardship and management support for marine and land-based protected areas throughout our territories,” says Christine Smith-Martin, CEO of Coastal First Nations. “The revenue also supports a host of other long-term sustainable economic initiatives, such as renewable energy projects, ecotourism and sustainable fisheries, which will help our conservation-based economy thrive into the future.
Rogers is committed to protecting our planet and working in partnership with communities across Canada, including Coastal First Nations.