RBC’s approach to sustainability is central to our business and to our stated purpose: to help clients thrive and communities prosper. We believe that capital can be a force for positive change, clearly demonstrated by a new business target: $100 billion in sustainable finance by 2025. This commitment is underpinned by our enterprise-wide approach to accelerating clean economic growth through our strengths in finance, investment, risk management, innovation, economic research as well as community investments.
While we understand that business targets are very important and that what gets measured, gets done, we also recognize that it is the leaders behind these polices and targets who are really the drivers of change.
Addressing the most daunting challenges of our age will require innovative approaches and a generation of leaders who think creatively and are willing to take risks. That’s why RBC is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of Corporate Knights’ Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders.
Through RBC Future Launch, our 10-year, $500 million commitment to help empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow through access to work experience, skills development opportunities, networking solutions and mental well-being supports and services, we are supporting the next generation of leaders.
Youth are reacting to the constant change that technology and innovation have brought about, and are embracing the fact that they must be “lifelong learners” to thrive. As a result, they are responsible self-starters, oriented around productivity and making change and have also shown interest in developing the skills necessary to pursue opportunities in an evolving world of work. Youth are not simply reacting to the changing nature of work, they are active agents in defining it.
Canada’s prosperity is directly linked to our ability to prepare the next generation to succeed in a fast-changing global economy that will be driven by creativity and innovation.
If young people succeed, we all succeed.