National Bank presents its 2012 Social Responsibility Report

MONTREAL, March 6, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - National Bank is proud to publish its 
2012 Social Responsibility Report, which provides an overview of its 
commitment to its clients, employees, the community and the environment. 
The past year's highlights include a series of investments focused on the next 
generation and the economic and social development of the communities we 
serve. Here are a few examples: 

    --  The Bank kept up its tradition of promoting tomorrow's
        entrepreneurs by committing to make a $10 million
        donation—the largest in its history—to Campus
        Montréal (which consists of HEC Montréal, Polytechnique
        Montréal and Université de Montréal). The funds will go toward
        the creation of an entrepreneurship centre.
    --  Our commitment to investing in the next generation is now, more
        than ever, reflected in our donations and sponsorships program.
        We donated nearly $9.7 million to organizations in the areas we
        support. We also launched our "One for Youth" Program, which
        aims to help young people, from birth to adulthood, reach their
        full potential.
    --  National Bank continued to serve as a powerful economic driver

    for the benefit of clients, employees and shareholders by:
  o granting $55 billion in debt financing to businesses across the 
  o paying $1.9 billion in salaries and benefits to its nearly 20,000 
employees as part of its competitive total compensation program
  o spending $910 million on goods and services 

    --  In 2012, National Bank continued with one of the largest
        technological overhauls ever undertaken in the Canadian banking
        industry, in addition to further improving its mobile and
        online banking solutions.
    --  We invested more than $25 million in optimizing our branch
        network, with 25 improvement initiatives carried out in 2012.
    --  We donated over $3.4 million to United Way/Centraide. This
        amount, which included a corporate donation, was raised by our
        employees and retired employees during a major Canada-wide

The Bank carried out numerous initiatives in 2012, and was once again named 
one of Canada's best employers. It earned a spot on such prestigious lists as 
the 50 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt) and the 10 Most Admired Corporate 
Cultures in Canada(TM) (Waterstone Human Capital). The Bank is also a 
recognized leader in terms of diversity, with more than 44% of senior 
management positions held by women.

National Bank also stood out for the efforts it made to reduce its 
environmental footprint. In 2012, our continued efforts on this front 
qualified us to become the first-ever recipient of a Carbon Care™ 
certificate from Enviro-access Inc., following a rigorous carbon audit.

More information on the many causes and projects National Bank supports as 
part of its commitment to the communities it serves can be found in our Social 
Responsibility Report. It is available on our website at, at, in our 
branches and via TelNat customer service (1-888-4-TelNat).

About National Bank of Canada
With $184 billion in assets as at January 31, 2013, National Bank of Canada 
(, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada's leading 
integrated financial groups, and was named among the five strongest banks in 
the world by Bloomberg Markets. The Bank has close to 20,000 employees and is 
widely recognized as a top employer. Its securities are listed on the Toronto 
Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). Follow the Bank's activities via social media and 
learn more about its extensive community involvement at and

(The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of  journalists 
and other media representatives.):

Marie-Pierre Jodoin Senior Advisor - Public Affairs National Bank Tel.: 

SOURCE: National Bank of Canada

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