Canadian Manufacturing

BRP Inc. launches a corporate social responsibility program

On the operations side, BRP targets making its facilities carbon neutral and reaching zero waste to landfill by 2030.

April 11, 2022   by CM Staff

BRP is raising the bar with ambitious CSR targets. (CNW Group/BRP Inc.)

VALCOURT — On Apr. 11, BRP Inc. announced that it is launching its new CSR25 program. It includes more ambitious environmental targets than it had before, reportedly concrete initiatives, and sets goals for 2025 and beyond.

“We are very proud of our CSR25 program, which stretches the boundaries of our commitment to create a stronger future for our employees, our dealers, our customers and all of our stakeholders,” declared José Boisjoli, President and CEO. “Not only does it align with our strategy and industry best practices, it also sets high objectives that reflect the growing environmental and social concerns of our communities. We look forward to the enthusiastic participation of all our employees around the world in ensuring that our efforts are successful. Our board of directors and executive management team are fully dedicated to ensuring we make tangible progress and track our results on a regular basis.”

BRP’s CSR25 program fosters value creation around three main pillars: Environment, Social and Governance. The responsibility of each of them has been assigned to senior executives who leverage their expertise to ensure the program’s objectives can be achieved. They specifically focus on BRP’s employees, communities, operations and products and are broken down as reportedly follows:

  • Reduce the carbon footprint relating to products and operations

    In 2021, BRP took a step towards reducing the carbon footprint of its products with the announcement of a $300 million investment over the next five years to electrify each of its existing product lines by the end of 2026. BRP aims to have 50% of its units sold as electric by 2035. Furthermore, it has set the target of launching new electric products and new models that emit less COthan their predecessor. As such, BRP recently confirmed its first EV models with the upcoming launch of an all-electric lineup of Can-Am motorcycles.

    On the operations side, BRP targets making its facilities carbon neutral and reaching zero waste to landfill by 2030. It also aims to reduce COemissions from its supply chain by 25% by 2035.

  • Ensure a positive and sustainable impact in communities and the daily lives of employees

    BRP reiterates its commitment to invest 1% of pre-tax profits in community support by 2025.

    Also, the Company announced it is increasing its efforts to empower all riders in the powersports community to ride responsibly through the new BRP Responsible Rider program. It aims to encourage riders to focus further on safety, riding etiquette and the environment.

    To foster an even more inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong, BRP has embarked on a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) journey. The Company has established a diverse DE&I Council which is comprised of employees from various backgrounds and workplaces and led by two senior executives who will implement a strong action plan. Specific DE&I employee resource groups are also being formed to reach targets.

  • Make sound strategic decisions, maintain high ethical standards and conduct operations in a sustainable manner

    Under its Governance pillar, BRP is also announcing the upcoming launch of an enhanced version of its Code of Ethics. The intention is to further mobilize and empower its employees and other stakeholders in displaying high ethical standards and behaviors across all of BRP’s activities.

Sandy Vassiadis, Vice-President, Global Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility added: “As a global leader in powersports vehicles, propulsion systems and boats, we are dedicated to reinventing how we move people in a more sustainable way and caring for our communities. The program we are launching today reflects our commitment to lead by example and inspire our industry to play an active and engaging role in creating a brighter future for all. We look forward to rallying our complete network around our CSR initiatives and promoting eco-responsible practices.”

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