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Cirque du Soleil wants above all to take its place in society as a good citizen, with all the duties and responsibilities that go with citizenship. Beyond philanthropic gestures, good citizenship consists of an attitude of social responsibility at the very heart of all our business strategies and management. Cirque du Soleil’s citizenship principles are founded on the conviction that the arts, business and social initiatives can, together, contribute to making a better world.

 
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In 2011, a total of 22 original Cirque du Soleil shows were performed in 179 different cities and three new shows were launched. What's more, our shows have been performed in some brand new markets, such as South Africa, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, Turkey and Ukraine.

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Cirque du Soleil management received several marks of recognition in the course of 2011. Cirque Founder Guy Laliberté was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in a ceremony that was held in Toronto. This honour is bestowed upon major business leaders who have earned a reputation for excellence and rewards them for both their professional achievements and their contribution to Canadian society.

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Ever since it was founded, Cirque du Soleil has been first and foremost the embodiment of a dream: one of becoming “joy merchants” who bring their craft to audiences in the four corners of the world. Over the course of its adventure, the organization has developed a dynamic culture and a business ethic that is true to who Cirque is.

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In 2011, the company’s Creative Content Division initiated an analysis of the creative future of Cirque du Soleil. The result of this exercise, the Declaration of the creative vision of Cirque du Soleil, sits alongside the organization’s other significant statements, such as its mission, goal and values, as well as its code of ethics.

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Special Projects

According to the 1987 Brundtland Report, “sustainable” development is qualified as such when it meets current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. Sustainable development responds to society’s expectations and by basing itself on a long-term vision that takes into account the integral nature of the environmental, social and economic aspects.

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Since adopting its environmental policy in 2006, Cirque du Soleil has been persistent in its efforts to become a more environmentally responsible organization. Cirque wants to do its part with respect to the major issue that is climate change. It was with this in mind that we undertook an inventory of Cirque’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 2009, in accordance with the ISO 14064 standard.

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Two Cirque du Soleil shows were playing in Japan when the earthquake hit on March 11, 2011: ZED, a resident show at Tokyo Disney, and KOOZA, a big top touring show at Tokyo’s Fuji Dome. The company quickly set up a Crisis Committee, to see to it that the safety of Cirque du Soleil employees was not jeopardized.

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For the past ten years, Cirque du Soleil has been supporting up-and-coming artists and emerging artistic companies from all disciplines, giving them the opportunity to present their work to the public. Cirque du Soleil believes it is essential to showcase creation projects by promising young artists and thus contribute to their outreach.

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In 2000 Cirque du Soleil set up a training program aimed at developing the teaching skills of social circus instructors and community workers. Since the program was set up, social circus training courses were given to more than 2,000 participants from over 25 countries throughout the world and have reached some hundred different organizations, including our Cirque du Monde partners.

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The Government of Ecuador, represented by Vice President Lenin Moreno and Cirque du Soleil, represented by Vice-President Global Citizenship Gaétan Morency, signed an agreement on May 23, 2011 to develop social circus training throughout the country. For Gaétan Morency, "Laughter is important for these children who have had few opportunities and reasons to smile.

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Local Initiatives

During the show’s annual dark, the technical team on Mystère undertook a major project: replacing the 17-year-old stage floor. The new floor is made from a recently developed material, poured on site to eliminate joints. The sub-floor, meanwhile, is made completely out of recycled materials such as tires and soles of shoes.

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The Saltimbanco arena tour had the honour of being the first Cirque du Soleil show to set foot on the African continent. While the show was in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Saltimbanco troupe met young instructors from the Durban social circus initiative as well as theatre students from the Market Lab Theatre, who attended the show and had the opportunity to talk to artists.

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In May 2011, young Cirque du Monde participants from Quebec travelled to Wemotaci, an Atikamekw community some five hours from Montreal, to take part in the program’s annual gathering, celebrating its 16 years in existence. These young people from all over Quebec received a warm welcome from the residents of Wemotaci, who were extremely pleased to be playing host to this merry troupe for three days!

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