Commitment to environmental leadership
Environmental protection is core to our sustainability vision and to our business. It aligns with our strategic imperative to achieve a competitive cost structure. Just as important, our determination to minimize our carbon footprint and safeguard the environment in every aspect of our operations reflects the deeply held values of the company and our individual team members, as well as the expectations of customers, investors and the public at large.
Our most challenging environmental issues are energy consumption and the associated carbon emissions, petroleum tank management, waste management, and electronic device recovery. Not only do our operations consume energy, especially in data centres, but so does every device in a customer’s hands that connects to our network. As smartphones and other devices get smarter, they consume more energy. In order to provide seamless access and faster service for these devices, we continue to expand our network coverage. This creates more waste as we replace outdated infrastructure with modern technology such as fibre optic cable. Similarly, customers are changing their devices more frequently today, creating a steady stream of e-waste. Since we sell this technology, we recognize that we also have a duty to minimize the number of discarded devices sent to landfill. Keeping track of these issues takes a dynamic and responsive management system.
At Bell, we have been implementing and maintaining programs to reduce the environmental impact of our operations for more than 20 years. Our environmental management system has been ISO 14001 certified 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, have been recognized by numerous external organizations. Since 2015, for example, Bell has been listed on the Euronext Vigeo – World 120 stock index (the 120 most advanced companies in the European, North American and Asia Pacific region), the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Global (which contains companies from Europe, North America and Asia Pacific that display the best performances in terms of corporate social responsibility), Deutsche Boerse’s STOXX® Global ESG Leaders indices (a wide range of sustainability indices investors can use as the basis for sustainable investment). We are also listed on Newsweek’s Green Rankings, one of the world’s foremost corporate environmental rankings of the 500 largest publicly traded companies. BCE ranked 110th globally and 6th for Canada, the only Canadian telecommunications company to be listed.
This recognition reflects the fact that many of our services and processes enable carbon abatement for us and our customers, from audio- and videoconferencing that substitute for air travel to e-billing, and from cloud computing and virtualization to sustainable real estate practices.