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Sustainability at CP

Since 1881, CP has helped connect people, build communities, and provide a vital transportation service to North Americans. Our sustainability practices are rooted in this long standing legacy and support our commitments of driving long-term value creation for all our stakeholders and building for the future. 

read our 2017 Corporate Sustainability Data Supplement here


CP is committed to providing transportation services and supply chain solutions for businesses across North America, while supporting and investing in the growth of our people and communities along our network. 

2017 Highlights

  • 12,242 people employed (as at December 31)
  • $4.4 billion CP total spending in capital investments and operating expenses (excluding depreciation)
  • 2.6 million CP carloads shipped and 173 million tons of goods transported to businesses and customers across North America


At CP, we recognize the scope of our potential environmental impacts and we are committed to minimizing the environmental footprint of our rail operations. In recent years we have made significant enhancements to our network, operating practices and locomotive fleet, to dramatically improve the efficiency of our operations. Implementation of precision scheduled railroading, investments in refurbished locomotives, integration of fuel use best practices, and upgraded infrastructure and technology, have helped CP improve fuel efficiency by approximately 15 percent since 2012.

2017 Highlights

  • Approximately 748,000 scrap rail ties sent as alternative fuel source to power generation facilities for energy recovery
  • Achieved a 16 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions between 2012 and 2017
  • CP continues to be a voluntary and active participant in the Memorandum of Understanding on Locomotive Emissions Monitoring in Canada


The safety and security of our people and the communities in which we operate is important to us. We are North America's safest Class 1 railroad with the lowest Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reportable train accident frequency for the past 12 years.  Safety is ingrained in every aspect of our culture and we continually seek to improve our safety practices and raise the bar on rail safety.

2017 Highlights

  • 48 CP Operations staff received Incident Command System training at the industry-leading Security and Emergency Response Training Center in Pueblo, Colorado
  • Achieved 45 percent improvement in FRA train accident frequency per million train-miles between 2013 and 2017


People are at the center of everything we do: the goods we transport, the jobs we create and the communities in which we operate. As a responsible operator, we value the opinions and perspectives of all our stakeholders and are committed to collaboration, two-way dialogue and building mutually beneficial relationships. Through open communication, we work to address local issues of importance and to create positive, lasting socio-economic impacts. As a company, we pride ourselves on fostering a high-performance culture rooted in respect and inclusion, to create an environment where all of our employees can thrive personally and professionally. 

2017 Highlights

  • The CP Holiday Train program raised $1.5 million and 300,000 pounds of food in support of foodbanks across the CP network
  • Hosted 11 work experiences for new immigrants, through our Immigrant Work Experience program
  • Continued positive outreach and relationship building with over 100 organizations across Canada and the U.S., that support diversity and inclusion within their pool of candidates

Learn more

For more on how CP plays a positive role in strengthening North America’s economic, social and environmental well-being, read our Corporate Sustainability reports below:

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 Current Reports

2017 Corporate Sustainability Data Supplement

2017 Corporate Sustainability Data Supplement

2016 Corporate Sustainability Report


CP recognized as a leader for climate change transparency

CP has earned its position on the index by disclosing high quality carbon emissions and energy data through the Carbon Discloure Project's (CDP) climate change program. The reported data has been independently assessed against CDP's scoring methodology and marked out of 10​0.

Organizations graded within the top 10% constitute the CDLI. CP scored 98 in 2015 -- in 2014 the company was also listed on the CDLI with a score of 95.

read th​e National Newswatch op-ed on h​ow rail can help a growing econom​y lower emissions

 Past reports