Letter from Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO
In a world that is constantly changing and evolving, we nonetheless maintain deeply rooted connections to the people we fly, the more than 200 communities we serve, and the environments in which we operate through our extensive global network.
At Air Canada, we understand this gives us both a responsibility and an obligation to demonstrate our values in all that we do. This includes ensuring that our company itself is sustained and stands up for what is right for the long term interest of our employees, customers, and other stakeholders. It means we support research and development and the exploration of innovative ways to reduce our environmental footprint. It also means that we conduct ourselves and govern our business in a way that is transparent, ethical and accountable.
To this end, Air Canada has committed to report annually on its sustainability activities, and I am pleased to present our 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report. It covers our achievements throughout the year and, as in past years, is based on four pillars – safety, environment, employees and communities – addressed using principles developed by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
As part of our further commitment to continuously improve our reporting and ensure our efforts remain relevant, in 2018, Air Canada undertook a materiality assessment to identify the main sustainability concerns of our key stakeholders, defined as investors, customers, employees and suppliers. In addition, a Corporate Sustainability Working Group tasked with the monitoring and coordinating of Air Canada’s sustainability initiatives was formed.
We are incredibly proud of our sustainability achievements during the year. Air Canada received awards for “Best Sustainability Contribution”, “Best Corporate Sustainability Report in the Canadian Transport Sector” and was also identified as the “2018 Eco-Airline of the Year” by Air Transport World. In addition, we received several awards for our product, corporate culture and employee engagement, including being named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) for the sixth consecutive year. We effectively managed the risks and hazards associated with the launch of 29 new routes and continued to bolster our programs to better protect employee, customer and company data, reducing exposure to cyber-risk. We increased our presence in the communities and the Air Canada Foundation also raised a record of nearly 8 million Aeroplan Miles for children requiring medical care away from home.
While we remain committed to producing an annual sustainability report next year, Air Canada will also post regular updates on our sustainability activities throughout the year. Please be sure to follow us online and engage with us through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org as we continue to share important sustainability announcements, stories and updates.
President and Chief Executive Officer,