MONTREAL, September 25, 2021 / CNW Telbec / – Today, 740 Cogeco employees forge deeper ties with their communities as the company holds its first 1Cogeco Community Engagement Day. This annual, company-wide employee initiative involves Cogeco employees who support 46 local communities where they live and work. This year’s theme, Planting roots in our communities, includes tree planting events in all regions of Ontario and Quebec which are served by Cogeco, and several states in the United States which are served by its business unit, Atlantic Broadband.

Cogeco employees in Ontario and Quebec at work during the 1st Cogeco #Cogecommunity Community Engagement Day (CNW Group / Cogeco Inc.)

These events support several local non-profit organizations, including: Halton Conservation, Grimo nut nursery, Trees for Nipissing, Nature-Action Quebec, Mont Association Rougemont, 3R Sustainable and Arbor Day Foundation who work to protect, restore and manage natural resources. This is in perfect harmony with Cogeco’s commitment to ensure sound environmental stewardship.

Highlights from this year’s initiative include:

  • 740 participants through Cogeco;

  • In 46 communities;

  • Plant 1,879 trees or seeds (which will absorb around 109 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10 years);

  • Support 16 non-profit organizations;

  • In 2 countries, 2 provinces and 7 states.

Tree planting activities highlight two key pillars of Cogeco’s corporate social responsibility program: participating in the development of its communities and managing its environmental footprint. It also demonstrates Cogeco’s commitment to reducing the impacts of climate change. The 1Cogeco Community Involvement Day aligns with the company’s signing of the Business Ambition for 1.5 ° C commitment, an initiative of a global coalition of UN agencies and business leaders to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

“We are proud to see our employees come together as one, everywhere North America, for a common cause that makes all the difference. This first 1Cogeco Community Engagement Day demonstrates once again our commitment to giving back to the communities we serve and to conducting our business in a responsible and sustainable manner, ”said Philippe Jetté, President and CEO of Cogeco. “At Cogeco, our Corporate social responsibility and social engagement practices are an essential aspect of our business and at the heart of our commitment to supporting our communities. Good corporate citizenship is one of our guiding principles and remains at the forefront for all of our employees. “

Social commitment is part of Cogeco’s DNA, as evidenced by its strong philanthropic commitment thanks to the support of more than 700 local organizations. Strong communities are the foundation of a vibrant and inclusive society. To support them, Cogeco not only seeks to connect people, it also invests in their social and cultural life. Last year, Cogeco spent more than $ 13 million in cash donations and over 100 hours of airtime on its radio stations. Since 2018, Cogeco has been ranked among the Corporate Knights The 50 best corporate citizens of Canada annually. Not only did the organization receive a Caring Business Certification from Imagine Canada in 2020 in recognition of its exemplary leadership in community investment and social responsibility, it was also ranked 68th among the 100 Most Sustainable Companies. to the world by Corporate Knights. Cogeco’s social leadership continues.

To learn more about 1Cogeco Community Engagement Day and our other initiatives, visit our website.

ABOUT COGECO INC.
Cogeco inc. is a holding company operating in the communications and media industries. Its subsidiary Cogeco Communications inc. offers residential and business customers Internet, video and telephone services through its two-way broadband fiber optic networks, operating in Quebec and Ontario, Canada, under the name of Cogeco Connexion, and in United States under the Atlantic Broadband brand in 12 states. Its subsidiary Cogeco Media owns and operates 23 radio stations in complementary, extended coverage radio formats serving a wide range of audiences mainly across the province of Quebec, as well as Cogeco News, a news agency. Cogeco’s subordinate voting shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: CGO). The subordinate voting shares of Cogeco Communications inc. are also listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: CCA).

Cogeco employees in Ontario and Quebec at work during the 1st Cogeco #Cogecommunity Community Engagement Day (CNW Group / Cogeco Inc.)

Cogeco employees in Ontario and Quebec at work during the 1st Cogeco #Cogecommunity Community Engagement Day (CNW Group / Cogeco Inc.)

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