Value for Communities

Our priorities:

  • Support community causes around the world where we do business
  • Provide deep support for priority projects
  • Measure the impacts of our donations and help build capacity in the charitable sector
  • Enable employee volunteerism and contributions

RBC builds on its history of support for communities where we live and work, addressing today’s needs and seeding tomorrow’s success through donations, sponsorships, community investment, skills-based volunteering and capacity-building in our “more-than-money” approach to philanthropy.

The aim of our donations, community investments and sponsorships is to have a positive social and environmental impact in the communities where we do business. In 2015, RBC continued to pursue its “priority project” approach, supporting five specific causes through significant funding and other resources. These causes are important to our clients, businesses and employees, and are in areas where we feel we can have a substantive social or environmental impact. In 2015, RBC’s total corporate donations, sponsorships and community investments (global) totalled CAD 121.4 million.

Our main priority projects include:

RBC's approach to kids and youth as a philanthropic focus area was formalized in 2013 under the $100 million/five year "Kids Pledge ".

By the end of 2016, RBC will have delivered on its RBC Kids Pledge, which improves the well-being of kids and youth, successfully honouring its $100 million commitment two years ahead of schedule. In June 2016, RBC announced a new commitment aimed at helping Canadian youth reach their potential as they transition to post-secondary education or employment opportunities.

The first RBC Race/Run for the kids took place in New York City in 2009, and since then the race events in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, Minnesota, Sydney, London, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Kuala Lumpur and Trinidad & Tobago have attracted more than 100,000 participants to date, and raised over $CAD 21.2 million for children’s charities around the world.

We launched the RBC Blue Water Project in 2007 for three reasons: so that we could have a positive environmental impact on a serious emerging issue relevant to our clients, engage employees and help us build our brand. RBC recognizes the importance of ecosystem services on our Insurance business. As we work to rehabilitate wetlands in high impact zones, we understand that insurance risk is mitigated for homeowners in flood plains.

RBC supports artists to help them bridge the gap from emerging to established careers across a range of art genres. More than 250 artists have received grants since the program’s inception. One of our objectives is to help artists achieve their goals of national recognition by providing more than financial support. We also provide mentorship programming help with access to a broader audience and support related to awards and prizes.

Learn More

2015 Corporate Responsibility Report (see page 48)  PDF
RBC in the Community Backgrounder  PDF
RHS Chelsea Flower Show  URL