RBC will donate more than $2.7 million this year to projects that improve urban water quality and preserve urban waterways. The RBC Blue Water Project 2014 Leadership and Community Action Grants support 134 organizations in freshwater protection efforts in seven countries, including Canada, the United States, the Bahamas, Chile, China, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
“Water is one of the most precious resources on earth. Everything we do depends on it—it is vital to our social and economic well-being,” said Gord Nixon, CEO of RBC. “We are honoured to support the important efforts of this year’s grant recipients, whose programs reflect our new focus on water issues in urbanized areas, where so many of our employees and clients live and work. I am confident that these organizations will help create a future with swimmable, drinkable, and fishable water.”
The RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year global commitment the company has made to protect valuable freshwater resources. Nearly $41 million has been pledged by RBC since 2007, and $8.8 million has also been promised to universities for water-related programs.
– Katie Yantzi