Environmental responsibility

Managing our environmental footprint is the right thing to do for the well-being of our stakeholders, communities and long-term viability as a business.


Great-West Lifeco, our parent company, was once again recognized in 2017 as a leader in carbon management, receiving an A- ranking from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

We were the highest ranked Canadian insurance company on the CDP’s annual list and among the top ten companies across Canada. This achievement reflects our commitment to reporting high quality emissions data and reducing carbon emissions across our operations.

In 2017, we strengthened this commitment by establishing long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for our Canadian properties. Throughout the year, our property and asset management teams worked collaboratively toward these goals, implementing realistic and economically feasible projects to reduce our carbon footprint, such as building equipment retrofits, data centre optimizations and operational enhancements.

For more, see our 2017 Public Accountability StatementOpens a new website in a new window.

4 line graphs showing the reductions by the company in metrics relating to our carbon footprint between 2013 and 2016. Reductions were made in water consumption (11%), landfill waste (51%), GHG energy intensity (20%) and overall energy intensity (12%). 3 values highlighting reductions in carbon footprint for company properties. 13.6% reduction in overall portfolio, 15.5% in office portfolio, and 8.8% in multi-residential portfolio.