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.


We’re committed to managing our environmental footprint for stronger, healthier communities across Canada. We work to limit our impact on the environment through reductions in energy, water, waste and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Great-West Lifeco, our parent company, was once again recognized in 2018 as a leader in carbon management, receiving an A- ranking from the CDP. We were the highest ranked Canadian insurance company on the CDP’s annual list and among the top seven companies across Canada. This achievement reflects our commitment to reporting high quality GHG emissions data and reducing our impact across our global operations.

Learn more about the efforts to limit our impact on the environment in our 2018 Public Accountability StatementOpens in a new window.

Managing our environmental footprint

Total results from our corporate offices in Winnipeg, London, Toronto and Regina

Infographic 1 shows GHG emissions intensity declining 16.6% from 2013 to 2018; Infographic 2 shows energy intensity increasing 0.1% from 2013 to 2018; infographic 3 shows water consumption decline 9.5% from 2013 to 2018; infographic 4 shows landfill waste declining 49% from 2013 to 2018.

GWL Realty Advisors real estate portfolio 2013–2018

GHG Emissions Intensity

Infographic 1 shows overall portfolio reduction of 17.7%; infographic 2 shows office portfolio reduction of 22.3%; infographic 3 shows multi-residential portfolio reduction of 9.3%.