BMO Corporate Social Responsibility

BMO Bear wearing a mask as he waves BMO and Calgary Stampede open a pancake drive-thru

 

Community sponsorships

The Calgary Stampede fairgrounds have been much quieter than normal since the 2020 Stampede’s cancellation, but they were bustling once again recently with some physically-distanced Stampede spirit. The reason? The BMO Kids’ Day Pancake Drive-Thru on Wednesday, July 8. The 108th Stampede was cancelled for the first time in history due to COVID-19, but as […]

Dave Casper stands in front of the mural with three school children Chicago Public School students create mural calling for change

 

Community giving, Corporate social responsibility, Diversity and inclusion

“Art can tell stories and change narratives,” says Suzette Bross, Executive Director of CPS Lives. “This mural is an expression of giving back to the community and showing the good in humanity.” In June 2020, a group of Chicago students transformed the temporary plywood used to cover BMO Harris Bank’s main branch during protests into […]

Green space with cityscape in the background BMO named to the top ten of Corporate Knights’ 2020 Canada’s Best 50 Corporate Citizens list

 

Corporate social responsibility, Environmental stewardship

BMO has been named to the top ten of Corporate Knights’ 2020 Canada’s Best 50 Corporate Citizens list. Ranked first among the major banks and ninth overall, BMO was recognized for its sizable portfolio of sustainable loans, as well as its enterprise-wide commitment to creating a sustainable future throughout its operations. Learn more by visiting […]

Eskasoni First Nation overhead view BMO brings banking to Eskasoni Nation during lockdown

 

Employees who inspire, Indigenous banking, Response

“When our community went on lockdown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, a lot of people had concerns about how to pay bills or deposit cheques,” says Tracy Menge, Director of Community Economic Development of Cape Breton’s Eskasoni First Nation. “BMO helped us in an unsure time.” In March 2020, just two months after thousands […]

The construction site at OAHS BMO supports pre- and post-natal care centre for Indigenous women

 

Indigenous banking

“Housing is one of the most significant social determinants of health – and it’s so important for expectant mothers,” says Justin Marchand, Executive Director at Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS). “That’s why we’re giving them the support they need, before and after they give birth.” OAHS provides safe, affordable housing for urban and rural First […]

A mother holding the hands of her two daughters Donation of $5 million to support innovative pediatric centre project initiated by Indigenous community

 

Community giving

BMO, in partnership with the Hewitt Foundation, has announced a donation to Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation to support social pediatric services in Northern Quebec Indigenous communities, with a first of its kind project. The Minnie’s Hope Social Pediatric Centre was established more than five years ago by and for members of the Cree community of […]

Masks made from Chicago Bulls apparel BMO Harris Bank partners with the Chicago Bulls to donate 10,000 Face masks

 

Response

BMO Harris Bank has teamed up with the Chicago Bulls to upcycle surplus Bulls apparel into 10,000 face coverings.  The masks will be donated to five local nonprofits, including My Block My hood My City, Breakthrough Family Urban Ministries, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, After School Matters and Health Hood Chicago, to be distributed […]

A volunteer assembling PPE kits Alberta Motor Transport Association and BMO Work Together to Protect Commercial Drivers in Alberta

 

Employees who inspire, Response

“As a leading cross-border bank, we recognize how important it is to do our part and help to keep the supply chain moving – especially for food and agriculture-based businesses – as we start to see the economy reopening,” says Allison Hakomaki, Head, Canadian Commercial Banking, Prairies, BMO Financial Group. With that in mind, to […]

Two people hugging and smiling BMO Harris Bank expands availability of True Name™ for Mastercard

 

Diversity and inclusion

BMO Harris Bank has now expanded the availability of Mastercard’s True Name feature to additional payment card types. Members of the transgender and non-binary communities now have the ability to use their true first name on BMO Harris Bank consumer credit cards and small business debit and credit cards without the requirement of a legal […]

This is not a time to be silent. BMO donates to organizations to support social and racial justice and inclusion

 

Community giving, Corporate social responsibility

BMO’s Purpose animates our teams around the world and guides our actions to support our customers, employees and communities. Aligned with that Purpose, BMO today announced a donation of $1 million to a number of organizations in North America to support social and racial justice, and inclusion. The bank will donate funds to the NAACP […]

BMO's Dan Adams and Sean Murphy with Thunder Woman Healing Lodge's Board BMO supports Indigenous Women at Thunder Woman Healing Lodge

 

Indigenous banking

“Our goal is to create a loving, safe place for Indigenous women,” says Patti Pettigrew, President of the board of Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society. “We want to help them find wholeness and balance.” Disproportionate rates of incarceration and a lack of support and services in the corrections system and post-release have led to difficulties […]

Pride lives here. Pride lives here

 

Diversity and inclusion

Every year, the month of June provides a chance for members of the LGBTQ2+ communities to honour their history and to share and celebrate their Pride together. In the past, the month has culminated in festivals and other events in various cities. While things are different this year, an important truth remains: Pride lives in […]



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