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Environmental Responsibility

As a financial co-operative that's dedicated to bettering the planet, we take actions to create, protect and sustain healthy environments.

Highlights of our environmental sustainability initiatives include:

  • Winning the 2017 National Credit Union Social Responsibility Award for reducing our Greenhouse Gas emissions by 56% since 2012
  • Reducing internal paper consumption by 54% between 2010 and 2018
  • Reducing external paper use by over 75% between 2010 and 2018
  • Switching to 100% post-consumer waste paper
  • Decreasing the greenhouse gas impacts of employee commuting by 48% between 2010 and 2018
  • Diverting over 300 tonnes of recyclables from the landfill between 2010 and 2018
  • Composting over 7000 kilograms of organic waste between 2016 and 2019 through a partnership with Compost Winnipeg, a  local social enterprise
  • Being named as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2021, for the 10th year in a row
  • Designing four branches with geothermal or district energy to heat and cool the buildings
  • Completing Power Smart for Buildings renovations or retrofits at 6 ACU locations
  • Being designated as a Bike Friendly Workplace for 200 Main Street
  • Being the first credit union in Canada to purchase green natural gas from Bullfrog Power
  • Being the first carbon neutral credit union in Manitoba
  • Being the first business in Canada to purchase Fairtrade Certified carbon offsets

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ACU Employee Spotlight: Getting to know Dennis Cunningham

ACU Employee Spotlight: Getting to know Dennis Cunningham

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ACU and B Corp — We’re in good company!

ACU has joined in the B Corp movement with over 270 Canadian companies, including five other Manitoban businesses, in their commitment “to be a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit.”

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