CGI recognises our responsibility to improve our relationship with the environment. Across our operations, global environmental objectives are reinforced by local goals. As part of a tree planting initiative in the UK, in 2019-20, we planted a tree for every CGI professional in the UK. Following the success of this initiative, we continued the program in 2020-21 planting a further 2000 trees.
In collaboration with environmental consultancy Carbon Footprint, we began planting in November as part of UK’s National Tree Week and continued through the next few months, while ensuring compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.
Since the launch of this program, we have planted over 10,000 trees in the UK with our professionals nominating local community groups to join the program including schools, nature reserves and a women’s refuge centre, among many others. Tree planting promotes biodiversity, creates woodland habitats, and provides wider social benefits for local communities.
We also are very proud to collaborate with our client, Smart DCC on this initiative in Manchester and with many community groups in Liverpool to mark the nationwide celebration of tree planting and our shared environmental values.
Philippa Green, CGI’s Corporate Social Responsibility Director in the UK, said:
“Supporting the communities in which we live and work is more important now than ever before during these difficult times that impact us all, and these donations are a way to show we care. We collaborated with our client Smart DCC to show just how strong that support is, nominating over 15 community groups in the Manchester and Liverpool area and donating over 390 trees to the North West region alone! We’re really proud of this collaboration and it’s fantastic to have a shared understanding with our clients of the importance of giving back to our environment and the world around us.”
Nominations for tree donations continue as part of our commitment to being a socially and environmentally responsible company and with the support from our members and clients.