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What’s the pulse of the sustainability movement?
Kevin Brady, a respected sustainability pioneer and a member of Canada’s Clean 16 has just completed a major report on the status of the sustainability movement in North America. Join us on Wednesday November 25th as he shares his findings on the status of the CSR movement and where he sees it going in 2016 and beyond. (Kevin’s paper will be made available to all event attendees.)
During the event we will explore some of the following:
* Is the corporate sustainability movement on the right path AND IF NOT, what do we need to do differently?
* Why doesn’t business do more to address the global challenges that we collectively face?
* Is it business culture or the system itself that impedes more rapid change?
* How can we tackle the imbalance of power away from corporations and towards civil society?
* How is wealth inequality at the centre of the problem?
* Is this the year that the Canadian government finally takes a leadership role in sustainability?
* What can we expect from the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21)?
* Are trends like the sharing economy and the circular economy game changers?
DATE: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (registration closes November 24th)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:30-7:30)
LOCATION: Loyalty One, 438 University Ave., 12th Floor, Toronto (use elevators on the left in the lobby)
(Tickets must be purchased in advance)
4:30 – 5:00 pm: Registration, snacks and networking
5:00 – 5:10 pm: Introductions and special announcements
5:10 – 5:40 pm: Presentation by Kevin Brady
5:40 – 6:00 pm: Small group discussion/breakout session
6:00 – 6:40 pm: Groups report back to main audience and general Q and A
6:40 – 7:30 pm: Networking and snacks
Each group will be asked to discuss what they see as the biggest triumphs and failures for the sustainability movement and what needs to happen in 2016 for meaningful change to occur.
Sustainability is NOT a solo endeavour – co-operation across a variety of corporate departments is essential. Meaningful benefits can emerge when the accounting, finance and sustainability departments work together. And while such coalitions seem to be the exception rather than the rule, they are growing in number.
To address this issue, on Oct. 1, 2015, TSSS in partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada gathered a panel of corporate and academic professionals at the offices of Loyalty One in Toronto to share their experience implementing successful steps to tear down the silos, bridge the gap and form relationships between accountants and sustainability professionals.
It’s getting very hard for the “go slow” crowd on climate and the clean economy. All of the best talking points are completely falling apart.
Here are 7 core arguments about why the U.S. acting on climate change, or building a clean economy, are bad ideas…and some recent news that obliterates each one.
1. It’s expensive and/or “destroys the economy”
The best estimates on what climate change will cost the world – versus the investment costs of acting to avoid the worst of it – have for years pointed away from this fallacy. From the Stern Review in 2006, to the more recent New Climate Economy and Risky Business reports, the numbers show clearly that not acting on a changing climate is a horrible fiscal choice.