Rideau—1st CarbonNeutral® Co. in Industry

Rideau is once again raising the recognition industry bar by answering the need for companies to reduce their carbon footprint to net zero.
 
Montreal and New York City, April 5, 2011 – Rideau Recognition Solutions, today announced that it has been awarded CarbonNeutral® company certification by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint to net zero.  Rideau is the first multinational company in its industry to achieve CarbonNeutral® certification, a primary consideration for companies who are managing the climate change compliance of their supply chains and provider partners. This impressive industry first has further differentiated Rideau from all others and establishes Rideau as an organization committed to reducing emissions on an on-going basis thus fortifying their position as the recognition industry leader in environmental and sustainable practices. 
 
Carbon neutrality is becoming an important company and product differentiator in many markets,” said Dirk Olin Editorial Director of Corporate Responsibility Magazine, publishers of the famous 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. “Leading providers of services, products and technologies in nearly every industry segment have realized that environmental responsibility is very important to larger corporate buyers. To date, carbon neutral status has only been achieved by 1/3 of one percent of North American companies over 100 employees.”
 
Achieving CarbonNeutral® company certification means that Rideau can now add real value to its clients by reducing the emissions associated with their supply chain.
 
“Since environmental sustainability is such an important cornerstone of RBC’s strategy, we applaud efforts of valued members of our supply chain such as Rideau in accomplishing significant milestones in their own sustainability initiatives,” said Steve Richardson, Manager, Recognition Programs, CB National Office, Royal Bank of Canada.
 
To achieve CarbonNeutral® company certification, Rideau worked with The CarbonNeutral Company, a world leading provider of carbon reductions solutions, to measure and reduce its carbon footprint to net zero. All the emissions relating to Rideau, including energy consumption, waste and third party shipments, were quantified and then reduced through a combination of internal changes and carbon offsetting. This means that for every unavoidable tonne of carbon generated by Rideau’s operations, a tonne of carbon is prevented from entering the atmosphere by supporting the development of renewable energy and clean technology projects in Brazil, China, Thailand and Turkey.
 
To us, the social conditions and the environment are closely linked; a commitment to the environment is a commitment to both society as a whole and the individuals who constitute it,” said Peter Hart, CEO at Rideau Recognition Solutions.”Since 2007, Rideau has continuously extended its environmental stewardship. In recent years, we developed a successful internal recycling program, improved energy efficiency on our premises and engaged employees in our environmental initiatives. Also, we have recently become a Bronze Sponsor for Tree Canada. Becoming CarbonNeutral® was the natural next step to our environmental commitment.”
 
By aligning their carbon management and overall sustainability initiatives with their overall company objectives, Rideau has shown a powerful company-wide ‘beyond compliance’ commitment to leadership on climate. 
 
“Through our CarbonNeutral® certification, we support emission reduction projects which have social benefits to the local population. An example of this is the Aydin Geothermal Energy Project in Turkey which not only generates renewable power but has created jobs, upgraded local infrastructure and improved facilities at the local primary school,” said Valerie Duchesneau, Rideau’s Environmental Projects Coordinator.
 
 
For more information, please visit www.Rideau.com or call Carrol Van Stone, Rideau Publicist 1.304.876.2065.
 
About Rideau Recognition Solutions
Global enterprises rely on Rideau's recognition technologies and solutions to boost revenues, increase employee engagement and exceed customer expectations. Privately held with headquarters in Montreal and regional offices in New York, Paris and Bangalore Rideau combines the customer service and personal touch of a specialized boutique with the resources to service the largest companies in the world. Rideau takes pride in inspiring greatness in the organizations they serve, creating better workplaces, better businesses, and ultimately a better world. For more information, please visit www.Rideau.com.
 
 
 
About The CarbonNeutral Company
The CarbonNeutral Company (www.carbonneutral.com) is a world leading carbon offset and carbon management business, working with over 300 major businesses and thousands of small and medium sized companies. Over the last ten years, it has purchased carbon credits from almost 200 projects spread over six continents.
 
CarbonNeutral® is the registered trademark of The CarbonNeutral Company and is the leading brand mark and quality standard for action on climate change. Permission to display the CarbonNeutral mark is only given to clients when CO2 emissions have been measured and reduced to net zero through a program implemented in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol. This Protocol assures quality of offset projects, carbon footprint assessments and communication and is regularly reviewed by an Independent Advisory Group. The ‘audit trail’ includes an annual independent verification of CarbonNeutral programs – from contracts with carbon offset partners through to contracts with clients and everything in between.
 
The CarbonNeutral Company has two regional operating headquarters in New York and London, as well as offices in Singapore and San Francisco, and a network of affiliates in Japan, Canada, France and UAE.
 
The CarbonNeutral Company is a founding member of The International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA), which provides leadership and a unified voice advocating for rigorous industry standards www.icroa.org.