Laurentian Bank Releases Its 2013 Social Responsibility Report

 MONTREAL, March 17, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Laurentian Bank is pleased to announce  the release of its Social Responsibility Report for fiscal 2013. Available  exclusively on the Internet, the document presents an overview of the events  and accomplishments that marked the year. The report serves as a valuable  reference for the Bank's various stakeholders — shareholders, clients,  employees and communities — outlining the actions and activities implemented  by the organization last year as part of its commitment to being a responsible  corporate citizen.  "The Bank assumed its role as a socially responsible enterprise more ardently  than ever in 2013," underlined President and CEO, Réjean Robitaille. "And as  we work to serve the interests of all our stakeholders, we are dedicated to  building on our momentum in this regard."  Following are but a few of Laurentian Bank's initiatives set forth in this  latest report:            --  At 38%, the Bank's Board once again had the highest proportion             of female Directors within the banking sector.         --  The past year marked the first edition of the Laurentian Bank             Montée des sommets, an event organized by employees in Québec             City that raised $50,000 in aid of the Le Petit Blanchon             organization.         --  The Bank took various different actions to limit the impacts of             its operations on the environment, including the replacement of             printers and photocopiers, the conversion of numerous paper             reports and forms into digital format, as well as holding             eco-responsible annual meetings.         --  The Business Services group participated in a number of             innovative renewable energy financing projects, such as solar             and wind farms, hydroelectric dams and biomass plants.  Moreover, this latest Social Responsibility Report draws upon Global Reporting  Initiative (GRI) indicators. The Bank brought the total number of indicators  to 68 last year, which testifies to the importance it assigns to maintaining  the transparency of its activities.  The 2013 Social Responsibility Report is available on the Bank's Web site at  laurentianbank.ca, in the Your Bank section under the Laurentian Bank tab.  About Laurentian Bank  Laurentian Bank of Canada is a banking institution whose activities extend  across Canada. Recognized for its excellent service, proximity and simplicity,  the Bank serves one and a half million clients throughout the country. Founded  in 1846, the Bank is among the 2014 edition of the Montréal's Top Employers  competition, which showcases the city's top 25 companies offering enviable  places to work. It currently employs some 3,800 people whose talent and  dedication has made it a major player in numerous market segments.  Laurentian Bank distinguishes itself through the excellence of its execution  and its agility. Catering to the needs of retail clients via its extensive  branch network and constantly evolving virtual offerings, the Bank has also  earned a solid reputation among SMEs, larger businesses and real estate  developers thanks to its growing presence across Canada and its specialized  teams in Ontario, Québec, Alberta and British Columbia. For its part, the  organization's B2B Bank subsidiary is a Canadian leader in providing banking  and investment products and services to financial advisors and brokers, while  Laurentian Bank Securities is an integrated broker that is also widely known  for its expert and effective services nationwide. The institution has more  than $33 billion in balance sheet assets and more than $39 billion in assets  under administration.    SOURCE  Laurentian Bank of Canada  Hélène Soulard Assistant Vice-President, Communications 514284-4500,  extension 8232 helene.soulard@banquelaurentienne.ca  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2014/17/c5536.html  CO: Laurentian Bank of Canada ST: Quebec NI: FIN FIN  
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