Earth Week initiatives encourage associates and advisors to live more sustainably

In an effort to think long-term and act with integrity, organizations and departments throughout the firm held numerous events in honor of Earth Day, which is celebrated globally on April 22. Sustainability continues to be a priority at Raymond James as we work to build a better tomorrow and help build the futures of clients.

Unraveling the meaning behind “What is sustainability?”

Raymond James’s Sustainability Committee hosts annual Earth Day events to encourage associates to develop eco-friendly habits and learn more about ongoing sustainable initiatives at the firm. After a three-year period of hosting the event virtually due to the pandemic, the committee hosted a weeklong in-person event full of giveaways, informational sessions and competitions at corporate locations in honor of Earth Week.

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Jodi Perry, president of ICD, shared about the firm’s sustainability initiatives to students visiting from St. Petersburg College.

The committee facilitated two workshop-style sessions for associates, advisors, and affiliates to better understand sustainable investing and how Raymond James is prioritizing sustainability in everyday practices. Leaders, including Samantha Trebesch, senior vice president and head of Sustainable Investing; T.J. King, a financial advisor; Leslie Vandegrift, an equity research analyst; and members of the Corporate Real Estate team, led the conversations that provided fresh perspectives on finance and sustainability.

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The firm’s sustainability committee hosted a cook-off where participants attempted to use as little waste as possible to cook a meal.

Traditionally, a farmer’s market-style fair takes place at the St. Petersburg office, and this year was no exception. The Sustainability Fair took place across the firm’s corporate offices, including St. Petersburg, FL; Memphis, Tennessee; New York, New York; and Southfield, Michigan. Local vendors visited the office in their respective areas to promote their sustainable business and share how their work makes an impact on the environment.

Going paperless to save trees

In honor of Earth Day, Raymond James donated to One Tree Planted for each client that chose to go paperless leading up to Earth Day. One Tree Planted is a nonprofit organization focused on global restoration, specifically by planting trees across the world. 13,780 clients chose to go paperless, meaning $13,780 was donated to the organization.

In addition to environmental factors, Raymond James encourages clients to select electronic delivery to make their accounts easily accessible and safe – and even to save a bit of money.

Learn more about how you can go paperless and benefit from choosing electronic delivery.

Striving to foster a sustainable workplace while prioritizing our people, clients and the environment

Raymond James aims to integrate sustainable practices in the firm’s operational decisions and corporate facilities to help build a better tomorrow. The ongoing sustainable investing, sustainable finance and environmental initiatives continue to be among the many ways the firm remains committed to clients and their individual impact goals.

Learn more about Raymond James’s commitment to sustainability and the ongoing efforts to focus on the long term.