Desjardins Group has adopted an alternative transportation program to encourage its employees to avoid traveling alone by car when commuting between work and home or for local or regional business travel. Through this initiative, Desjardins hopes to encourage the use of public transportation (train, bus, subway), carpooling, walking and biking. This spring, Desjardins hosted activities promoting the use of active forms of transportation, and activities for other types of alternative transportation are in the works.
This innovative initiative is being launched alongside the “In Town Without My Car!” event, which takes place in cities across Québec and Ontario during the week of September 20. The program is also tied to Desjardins Group’s efforts as part of the “Change the World, One Step a Time” campaign, in partnership with Équiterre. As it is gradually implemented, the program will enable Desjardins to combine its objectives with respect to the health and well-being of its employees and reducing its impact on climate change through energy-efficiency initiatives.
“Desjardins is not only concerned about the quality of life of its employees, but also the well-being of the community, from both a social and environmental standpoint. This new program is a perfect match for these concerns,” said Pauline D’Amboise, Secretary General and Vice-President of Cooperative Support at Desjardins Group. “By supporting the use of alternative transportation, we are giving our employees a practical way to express their desire to make a difference for themselves and for society.”