A message from Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer
I have always said that the airline industry is extraordinarily complex, affected by virtually everything going on in the world. This is truer today than ever before. We are now living in one of the darkest periods in the history of commercial aviation. We cannot ignore the severity and abruptness of COVID-19’s impact upon Air Canada and the global airline industry, which so rapidly decimated air traffic demand around the world in a matter of weeks.
The decisions we have made over the past 10 years, however, are demonstrating their value during these unprecedented times, as we are now being put to the test. It is evident that we have built a strong and sustainable global organization that will allow us to transcend this severe turbulence.
This pandemic has had a significant impact on our employees, customers, communities, and other stakeholders. Throughout our history, even when the news is bad, we have remained committed to balancing the interests of our stakeholders while ensuring the survival and sustainability of our company. I genuinely believe our strong culture and engagement during this pandemic will serve us well for years to come.
I am pleased to present our 2019 Corporate Sustainability Report. Throughout our report, we share our collective achievements of 2019, which, while they appear distant under the current circumstances, should be outlined, nonetheless. The report offers a holistic view of our sustainability efforts and their impact on the communities we serve. You will find updates related to our three new sustainability pillars – Our Business, Our People, Our Planet – and detailed evidence that clearly shows that we are having a positive impact on the issues that matter most.
You will read more about the strength of our culture and our unwavering commitment to our core value, Safety First, Always, consistently the fundamental pillar to our sustainable future, together with the strong relationships we have with our major union groups. Our culture has once again been recognized as we have been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the seventh consecutive year and awarded as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the fourth consecutive year.
At a time when our world is seeking solutions to sustainability issues, including global warming, we remain committed to doing our part to reduce our environmental footprint by “leaving less and doing more”. Our operational improvements focus on producing less carbon, using less energy, and creating less waste and noise – to reduce our impact and leave less of an environmental footprint. Over time, we have worked together with our employees, customers and communities and have developed a series of environmental initiatives, such as the ocean clean-up efforts we accomplished in 2019 in Tampa, Florida and Richmond, British Columbia through a partnership with 4Ocean. This partnership was applauded and earned us recognition as a Top 100 CSR Leader by World Biz Magazine.
We believe that growth and prosperity should not come at the expense of sustainability and we are committed to operating our business responsiblyand with integrity for the benefit of future generations.
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President and Chief Executive Officer,