BMO Corporate Social Responsibility
Regardless of your gender identity or expression, we're here to help. BMO’s Gender Pronoun Initiative

 

Diversity and Inclusion

“A wrong pronoun here and there might not seem like a big deal, but imagine that each time someone is misgendered, they receive a brick to carry,” says Kei Sista, Expense Analyst at BMO. “By the end of the day, they are exhausted under the weight of all those bricks.” In 2017, BMO customer service […]

Employee Voices: BMO Volunteer Day in Chicago

 

Employee Giving

Mary Paxson has been part of BMO’s Community Giving Department for eight years, and has been a proud volunteer in Chicago dating back to 1990, when she first helped out in the nursery of a local hospital. When I was hired at BMO in 2011, I was very impressed with BMO’s involvement in the community. […]

BMO volunteers packing boxes at BMO volunteer day 2019 Employee Voices: BMO Volunteer Day in Brookfield, Wisconsin

 

Employee Giving

Melissa Ratzburg is the Manager of Pricing Operations for Treasury and Payment Solutions, North America. She is based in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Melissa is a Montana native and enjoys all things outdoors including running, hiking and playing at the park with her kids. The Backpack Coalition is committed to providing backpacks and school supplies to students […]

BMO employees painting a fence at BMO Volunteer Day 2019 A Day in the Community at BMO’s Annual Employee Volunteer Day

 

Employee Giving

June 11 was BMO’s annual Volunteer Day. It’s a day to fuel good and contribute to social well-being in the communities where we live and work. It’s a day that inspires thousands of us to help make a difference, and put our core values into action. Between June 1 and June 16, over 5,000 volunteer […]

Employee Voices: BMO Volunteer Day in Montreal

 

Employee Giving

Chun Wah Eric Lee is a Senior Manager at BMO’s North American Customer Contact Center in Montreal. He loves to travel and to learn about different cultures and history. It is 8:30 AM. my colleague and I are on our way to the Montreal Metro Papineau station. We are sharing with each other why we […]

Women Deliver Conference Shines Light on Women’s Economic Empowerment

 

BMO for Women, Diversity and Inclusion

On June 3-6 2019, Vancouver acted as the first-ever North American host to Women Deliver 2019, the world’s largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. Women Deliver brought together world leaders, influencers, innovators and change-makers. The conference this year shone a light on the issue of power […]

Travis Kirton “Everything is Possible”: Building Relationships with Indigenous Employees and Communities

 

Indigenous banking

Marc Kilchling, an Associate Private Banker with BMO Private Wealth in Toronto who is also a proud member of Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory, recently interviewed Manitoban commercial banker Travis Kirton, a proud member of the Métis Nation, about his life and career.  As a young child, Travis Kirton split his time between his grandparents’ farm in […]

Sharing Knowledge through BMO’s Indigenous Banking Education Program

 

Indigenous banking

“We have the opportunity to better people’s lives with the work we do,” says Dan Adams, Vice President, Indigenous Banking Unit, BMO. “Banking is an incredible platform for creating change – and to do that effectively, we need to make sure that our bankers understand the communities people live in.” That’s why Dan created an […]

Two women smiling A Proud History of LGBTQ2+ Support

 

Community Giving, Diversity and Inclusion

1969 was a historical year for gay rights in Canada and the United States. In the U.S., the Stonewall riots helped kick off the gay liberation movement. Meanwhile, in Canada, homosexuality was decriminalized. These were landmark moments in a fight for equality that continues until this day. This year, as we mark the 50th anniversary […]

New Edition of BMO’s Sustainability Leaders Podcast

 

Corporate Social Responsibility

In the most recent edition of the podcast, just posted, the hosts welcome Matthew Welch, President of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). The SASB has created a sustainability disclosure framework focused on financial materiality, and the podcast will cover its details, how it differs from other existing frameworks, why financial materiality is so important, […]

BMO Volunteer Day BMO Volunteer Day 2019 Fuels the Good

 

Employee Giving

On June 11, BMO marks its annual Volunteer Day—but in fact, the nearly 370 service projects our employees will complete as part of Volunteer Day activities span from June 1 to 16 this year. BMO Volunteer Day brings together nearly 5,000 employees, collectively dedicating thousands of service hours to local non-profits that need that extra […]

Indigenous Banking Indigenous Banking Spotlight: Siksika Nation

 

Indigenous banking, Responsible Banking

In this video, Doug Bourque, VP – Indigenous Banking, visits with Ouray Crowfoot, CFO of Siksika Nation, to talk about how BMO is helping to support the development of a sustainable future for the Siksika Nation, located just outside of Calgary, AB. Economic development is an urgent priority, but it’s also the work of generations. […]

BMO Announces a New Government Partnership to Empower Women

 

BMO for Women, Community Giving

On May 17, BMO and the Honorable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced a new partnership to support not-for-profit organizations that empower women. BMO also unveiled findings from a new report that highlights the gaps in strategic planning by not-for-profits, and the ways organizations can further empower […]

Financing Opportunity in Canada’s Indigenous Communities

 

Indigenous banking, Responsible Banking

Many Indigenous communities in Canada are experiencing an economic renaissance. Buoyed by land claim settlements and resource contracts, they are investing in businesses and infrastructure projects that are transforming the lives of their people. It’s a remarkable growth story, and BMO is right at the heart of it. Established in 1992, the BMO Indigenous Banking […]

BMO Presents the 18th Annual Walk so Kids Can Talk

 

Community Sponsorships, Walk so Kids can Talk

Kids Help Phone’s Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO is back for another year of fundraising and awareness. The annual Walk is scheduled to take place on May 5 in 36 communities across Canada. Each year, thousands of kids, adults, schools, community organizations, and corporations come together to take part in Canada’s largest […]

BMO Launches Canadian Veterans Advisory Council

 

Diversity and Inclusion

In April 2019, BMO launched our newest Employee Resource Group (ERG): the Canadian Veterans Advisory Council (VAC). Like its U.S. counterpart, the group aims to support, develop and promote the unique talents of our military veteran employees. VAC offers assistance and training, as well as help in building networks, preserving social memory and celebrating the […]

Day of Pink 2019 BMO Celebrates the International Day of Pink

 

Diversity and Inclusion

Every year on the International Day of Pink, millions of people around the world wear pink to unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, anti-LGBTQ bullying and discrimination. At BMO, Day of Pink is also a chance to listen to and learn from the experiences, perspectives and backgrounds of our […]

Earth Hour BMO Marks Earth Hour in 2019

 

Environmental Stewardship

On Saturday, March 30 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time, BMO once again joined thousands of other organizations and communities around the world to participate in Earth Hour.​ Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet and nature. This global event, organized by World Wildlife Fund […]

Responsible Investing BMO launches a unique responsible investing fund with small and mid-sized businesses around the world.

 

Impact investing, Responsible Investing

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people are able to enjoy peace and prosperity. Each of the 17 Goals includes specific targets, along with indicators that are intended to help focus efforts, monitor progress and promote accountability. At […]

2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies BMO is named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2019

 

Business Conduct

For the second year in a row, BMO has been recognized as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. BMO is the only bank in Canada – and one of only five banks worldwide – to be […]

Lead Manager of the Year BMO wins award for sustainability bond partnership with World Bank

 

Responsible Investing

BMO is a long-time leader in promoting gender equality, and we’re always looking for innovative ways to create positive change. So we’re proud that BMO Capital Markets has been recognized for acting as joint lead manager for the World Bank’s two Canadian dollar-denominated sustainable development bonds in 2018. Each bond raised $1 billion, and both […]

International Women's Day International Women’s Day Discussion on Economic Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs

 

BMO for Women, Diversity and Inclusion

The future depends on more women participating in the workforce. Research shows that companies with higher representation of women in executive leadership tend to outperform in terms of competitiveness and financial performance.  So it’s important for women at all stages in their professional lives to see themselves reflected in boardrooms, executive positions and other leadership […]

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