Stakeholder engagement

Giving back at a local level

Our TELUS Community Boards provide grants to grassroots charities that support local youth, especially projects that are also technologically or socially innovative. Here are some of the ways the Boards helps us make a difference at a local level:

  • The 13 Boards across Canada contributed $5.9 million to local charities supporting 529 projects in 2017
  • Our five international Community Boards—in Bulgaria, Romania, Guatemala, El Salvador and the Philippines—contributed US $500,000 to 79 local charitable projects
  • In February 2017, the TELUS Manitoba Community Board began allocating $500,000 to local grassroots charities
  • In September 2017, the TELUS Barrie Community Board was launched with $50,000 supporting 10 local charities. It will begin allocating $100,000 to local grassroots charities in 2018

In support of good governance, our objective is to have more than 50 per cent of Community Board membership consist of non-TELUS representatives. This brings the expertise of the community into our decision-making. How are we doing? At the end of 2017:

  • 60 per cent of Community Board members were non-TELUS, a figure we have consistently maintained over the past six years
  • The gender makeup of Boards was 51 per cent male and 49 per cent female, representing a 10 per cent increase in female membership since 2011 including four per cent increase over 2016