Cirque du Soleil – Global Citizen

At Cirque du Soleil, our commitment goes beyond the performance. We aim to positively impact people, communities and the planet with what we know best: creativity and art.

30.4% reduction of GHGs by connecting to the power grid in 10 of the cities visited by our big top shows

100 000 youth

reached in 50 countries

Sharing our expertise in

social
innovation
through new partnerships

Timeline

1984

Cirque du Soleil was founded

1986

Adoption of policies for community social and cultural action

1993

First resident Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas

1995

Creation of Cirque du Monde

1997

Cirque du Soleil establishes its International Headquarters (IHQ) in St-Michel, Montreal

1997

Launch of the Corporate Art Collection

2001

First Run Away with Cirque du Soleil charity run in Las Vegas

2006

Birth of the Arts Nomades program in St-Michel, Montreal

2006

Adoption of our environmental policy

2007

Launch of ONE DROP

2008

Adoption of our responsible procurement policy

2013-2016

Release of our 2013-2016 CSR Action Plan

2016

Launch of the Arts Nomades program in Las Vegas

2017

Public art garden is gifted as part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations

2017

Launch of our 2017-2020 CSR Strategy

Team thoughts

Daniel Lamarre, President and chief executive officer

At Cirque du Soleil, everything starts with a dream. Whether it was with our first twenty circus performers or today’s 4,000 employees, we harness our creative energy to incite the imagination, provoke the senses and awaken the emotions of people everywhere.

Our adventure began in the streets in 1984, with a troupe of young dreamers facing untold possibilities. Since then, the universal language of art has given us the greatest of gifts: a ticket to the world.

Today, more than ever, our nomadic heritage is etched into our DNA. Given that our activities take place throughout the world, we are determined to act as responsible and engaged citizens in the communities that we visit.

We want to make a difference in the lives of youths and encourage them to change the world; our Sun, which represents energy and youth, is our connection to them.

I am proud of the work of the Cirque du Soleil performers, artisans and employees, and I am honoured that together we are building a responsible company that uses its creative powers to make the world better.

Our social responsibility strategy is based on four pillars, and gives our work clear direction to focus on the objectives that we have set for ourselves.

Join us in making every place we visit even more beautiful!

Daniel Lamarre, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cirque du Soleil

Jonathan Tétrault, President and COO, Cirque du Soleil

Our CSR strategy ensures a coherent and structured approach in order to support our 2020 strategic plan and create value for Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group.

Jonathan Tétrault, President and COO, Cirque du Soleil

To be connected to city utility power installations is really a win-win situation. Both for Cirque and the environment. We lower our footprint through our CSR strategy and adaptation of our operational equipment set ups. This provides us ways to fight climate change and to ease the daily management on site. So why not, right?

Miriam Ter Beek, Director Site Operations, “VOLTA”

Bendikt Negro, Artist, “O”

Arts Nomades gives me the chance to impact lives. I’ll always remember the person who taught me how to juggle when I was 9 years old, and I hope that I can give that to kids today.

Bendikt Negro, Artist, “O”

Brooke Wahlquist, Project Manager – Public affairs and social responsibility - Resident Show Division

Our community partnerships extend our continued commitment to be a good neighbor. These relationships allow us to crosspollinate creativity and strengthen the link between art and social change in our shared world.

Brooke Wahlquist, Project Manager – Public affairs and social responsibility - Resident Show Division

Social responsibility has a clear influence on the choice of materials and equipment used in our digital workshops. The use of technological tools such as 3D printing, for instance, allows us to reduce our ecological footprint. As ambassadors for innovation, our team’s mandate to set an example for others to follow.

Marie-Josée Doyon, Coordinator – Innovation

Global Citizen

Our four pillars

Talent

Provide our employees with an inspiring, healthy and safe environment

Community

Act as a responsible agent of change in the community

Procurement & Partnerships

Make responsible choices in procurement and partnerships

Environment

Reduce the environmental footprint of our operations