There are certain words that get thrown around a little too easily in business today. As if merely uttering them in some touchy-feely sentiment automatically gives an organization a free pass on the road to good corporate citizenship. One such word, for example?


While we are big – make that huge – proponents of touting our own passion for community, what’s more important is communicating our sincerity behind it. Put simply, to us, community isn’t a word. It’s a philosophy.

And that’s why we so vehemently stand behind the Vancity Group’s Statement of Values and Commitments. Adopted in 2000, the statement serves as a touchstone for our communal commitment to integrity, innovation, responsibility, and – above all – community. In fact, our inspiration for being comes down to one succinct raison d'être:

"To enhance and strengthen our communities."

It’s this mandate that serves as the impetus to our focus on youth, including programs like our bursaries, community partnership program, Vancity enviroFund™ Program Application and sponsorships.

See? Community is not a word we take a lightly. But rather, a philosophy we take to heart.