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Content of this report

The determination of the content, quality and boundary of this report is based on the methodology recommended by the GRI. We have used the indicators in GRI version 3.1 as well as those in the financial services sector supplement.

This rigorous process is based on principles such as materiality, stakeholder involvement, completeness, accuracy and clarity. The GRI Guidelines are available at:

Material data

To select the subjects and indicators that reflect the significant social, economic and environmental impact of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ or that are likely to substantively influence the assessments and decisions of our stakeholders, we performed a materiality test, as we do every year. This test allows us to determine the priority information that we must disclose in this report to adequately consider the concerns related to our industry and those of our stakeholders.

The Fonds’ management has performed an internal review of the content and boundary of this report and confirmed that they adequately reflect the Fonds’ impact on Québec society.

A report that reflects our whole network

This report includes financial data and information on some investment activities of the Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ, the Fonds locaux de solidarité FTQ and the Fonds immobiliers de solidarité FTQ, which are all part of our broad investment network. However, this report mainly covers the activities that are under the direct control of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ’s head office.

Each partner reports its activities

According to the approach proposed by the GRI, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ only has to report its own direct activities; it does not have to include the activities of its 2,395 partner companies. It is however important to note that the Fonds encourages its partner companies to adopt responsible behaviours in all respects: for example, it develops for them information tools to make them aware of the importance of sustainable development.

Who is this report for?

This report is directly for the people and groups that are, according to the GRI terminology, our stakeholders. These are the individuals, organizations, communities and other social players that are affected by the Fonds de solidarité FTQ’s mission or activities; in other words, those who may influence its choices or have an interest in its activities.

Our stakeholders

The main stakeholders with whom the Fonds engages in dialogue are listed below. We are committed to properly identifying their needs and concerns and to quickly and efficiently meeting their expectations.

  • Our shareholders
  • Our business partners
  • Québec society and government authorities
  • Our employees
  • Our local representatives (LRs)
  • The FTQ and Québec’s unions

See the relationships with our stakeholders

Which period is covered?

We are presenting in this report data related to all the social, economic and environmental indicators established by the GRI for the last financial year of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ (June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013). These data reflect the situation of the Fonds for that period, were collected and validated by the Fonds professionals responsible for this report and were also read by our independent auditors.

A complete report

This fourth Annual and Sustainability Report of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ complies with GRI’s Application Level A as it reflects the highest number of indicators required by the process. For more details, see the GRI Index.

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