President and CEO's letter
This year marks the 45th anniversary of our company, and I couldn’t be prouder of our members* around the world who have been supporting our clients for nearly half a century. Within the context of a global pandemic, social unrest, and a worldwide climate crisis, 2021 has given us an opportunity to reinforce our CGI values, and strengthen our commitment to improve the economic, social, and environmental well-being of the communities in which we live and work.
As technology enables businesses and governments to respond to today’s challenges and opportunities, we understand our responsibility to ensure that everyone can beneﬁt from its positive impacts. As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, we provided partnership and contribution to this year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). For F2022, we re-examined our global priorities, gathering input from our board of directors, the presidents of our global operations, CSR leaders, and all our stakeholders, to better reﬂect the challenges of our communities and guide us as we collectively focus on achieving a sustainable post-pandemic recovery.
Our CSR strategic goal is to remain an invested, responsible corporate citizen within our communities, empowering CGI professionals to actively engage. We prioritise partnerships with clients, while also collaborating with educational institutions and local organisations on three global priorities: People, Communities, and Climate.
For our People priority, we continue to champion digital inclusion for all, increasing access to technology and business education to help ensure that everyone can be successful in a digital society.
Our pledge to Communities includes pro bono projects where CGI professionals share IT and business expertise and give back with impactful contributions that make a difference.
Our strategic priority on Climate remains focused on creating a more sustainable world, both in our own operating practices and in our client collaborations. In the race to decarbonise and reinvent energy systems, we understand that technology is critical to helping all our clients transform. Internally, we’ve already seen incredibly positive results in reducing carbon emissions over the past decade, and in 2021, we made an even more ambitious pledge to reach net zero by 2030.
Our CSR priorities have never been more important as we continue in our efforts to make positive contributions to society by leveraging our expertise, our ability to drive innovation, and our presence in so many communities around the globe. We remain passionately committed to the idea that what we achieve in the midst of this accelerated digital transition must beneﬁt all people, and chart a path to a more inclusive and sustainable world.
George D. Schindler
President and Chief Executive Officer
*We call our professionals members as a majority of them are also owners of CGI.