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By balancing social responsibility with the economics of doing business, we deliver sustainable benefits to our stakeholders. In addition to supporting local community initiatives, we are a significant donor to charitable organizations across our operating regions.
In our corporate giving, we concentrate on supporting three areas:
- healthy and safe communities
- bright futures
- environmental champions
In 2018, we invested more than $1.15 million in our communities through direct financial contributions, volunteer time, in-kind donations, and program management. This does not include WGL's community contributions, which will be reported in the next report. We encourage our people to volunteer in their communities and offer paid days off so they can get involved with organizations they support.
Ongoing Policy Review
As our company continues to transform, we want to make the greatest impact in all our communities. In 2018, we engaged the London Benchmarking Group to audit our charitable spending in its quantity, strategic objectives and performance compared to our peers. Informed by this audit, we will enhance our policies across our company through 2019 and 2020.
Indigenous Development Fund
In conjunction with the Indian Business Corporation (IBC), we established an Indigenous Development Fund. The fund provides access to capital for early-stage Indigenous entrepreneurs in Alberta. We gave a $500,000 interest-free loan to IBC to help finance entrepreneurs with deserving, credible business plans. When funds are repaid to IBC they are lent out to other Indigenous entrepreneurs. In 2018, we gave $100,000 in support to three Indigenous companies through the fund.
United Way improves lives by bringing together agencies, donors, corporations, volunteers and government to create lasting social change in the communities they serve. Since 1994, we have received platinum or gold awards in Calgary for our involvement in annual United Way campaigns.
In 2018, through our employee-led campaign, we donated approximately $300,000 to support local agencies, initiatives and programs.
The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is a Canadian, non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization funded by:
- individual donors
- service groups
- corporate donors
- government contributions
STARS provides rapid, specialized emergency care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. Over the past 21 years, we have contributed more than $1 million to help bring emergency medical services to the residents of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.
Our partnership with Nordiq Canada started in 2007 and includes sponsorship of the Ski-at-School program. The program brings cross-country skiing to schools across Canada. Students get to experience the sport, and build their self-esteem, confidence, health and well-being.
For any inquiries regarding this report or its contents, please contact ESG@altagas.ca.