Why Employee Engagement Needs to be Infectious

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“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person –not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.”
                          Anne M. Mulcahy – Former Chairperson and CEO of Xerox Corporation

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The term “employee engagement” is usually considered an HR responsibility for building employee morale and retention. It is also valued by executives and team leaders to build internal relationships and a greater sense of “team.” In either case, the very concept of “employee engagement” is often perceived to be a feel-good effort versus strategic investment and competitive advantage.  Support, or lack thereof, for such programs, tends to be polarizing.   The emotional benefit these programs represent can often obscure and distract traditional business minds from seeing the true impact they can ultimately have on improving corporate performance.

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The Evolution of a Canadian Sustainability Leader: Kruger Products Shares its Journey

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Kruger LogoYou know Sponge Pockets, but do you know Kruger Products?

You may not have heard of Kruger Products L.P., but surely you’re familiar with the Sponge Pockets – men dressed in white puffy suits characterizing super absorbent pockets who appear in TV commercials ready to spring into superhero-like action to soak up spilled juice and wipe away dirty paw prints. Kruger Products is the company behind these quirky characters and the SpongeTowels® they represent, as well as other well-known brands including Cashmere®, Purex®, Scotties®, White Swan® and White Cloud®. Kruger Products is Canada’s leading manufacturer of tissue and paper products for household, commercial and industrial use.

Learn more about Kruger Products by visiting their Homebase Page in the TSSS Innovation HUB

sponge pocketsKruger Products’ has a long sustainability legacy.  More than sixty years ago, when concern for the environment wasn’t even on most companies’ corporate radar, Kruger Products launched its first reforestation program and quietly helped set a new course for forest management. For Kruger Products, environmental stewardship is about identifying needs, seeing opportunities, and doing the right thing for business, for people and for the planet.

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We’re at a unique point in history. Disruption: The Movie

disruption_poster_export‘When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’

Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction.

The exploration lays bare the terrifying science, the shattered political process, the unrelenting industry special interests and the civic stasis that have brought us to this social, moral and ecological crossroads.The film also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the largest climate rally in the history of the planet during the UN world climate summit.

This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are living through an age of tipping points and rapid social and planetary change. We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it. The film enlarges the issue beyond climate impacts and makes a compelling call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future.

Follow this link to watch the movie online, download for free, share with your networks, join the movement and keep marching! http://watchdisruption.com/

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A vision to make the world a better place – thanks TOMS!

Article from THE HUB

blake_mycoskieYou may be familiar with the story of Blake Mycoskie, founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, one of the fastest growing shoe companies in the world. The Texas-born entrepreneur who came within minutes of winning the Amazing Race in season two found his calling on a vacation to Argentina in 2006.

Mycoskie wasn’t looking to start a shoe company, but was struck by the number of poor children who went shoeless. He felt compelled to help. Rather than follow the conventional model of starting a charitable organization to raise money to provide shoes to children in need he decided to create a stylish shoe based on the Argentinianalpargata, adapt it for a North American audience and pledge that for every shoe sold he would give a pair to a child in need.

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What is a “Sustainability Narrative” and Why is it Important to Your Company?

Sharing your corporate message in the sustainability era is tricky business. Experts agree that sustainability doesn’t mean anything real to consumers. Too often, it brings to mind technical issues or overwhelming environmental challenges. More than ever consumers want to live meaningful lives and engage with brands that are driven by purpose. They want to trust that a brand is making good choices for them.

[Please have a look at the recent report by BBMG which takes a closer look at this evolving challenge for companies.  "The New Sustainability Narrative: Tapping into Meaning and Purpose."]

Join us on September 30th as our expert panel explores the challenges and opportunities of building a sustainability narrative that connects more deeply with your audience.

Our Distinguished Guests:

- Steven Sage, VP Sustainability & Innovation, Kruger Products L.P.
- Eric Whan, Director, GlobeScan
- Phillip Haid, CEO, Public INC
- Claudio Gemmiti, Senior VP, Innovation and Strategic Growth, Club Coffee

Discussion Facilitator: Brad Zarnett, Executive Director, TSSS

Register Now

Ryerson logoDATE: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:45-7:30)
LOCATION: Ryerson University, Podium Building, 380 Victoria Street, The Commons Room 250 (map)
FREE LIVE WEBCAST & twitterchat #tssschat from 5:15 – 6:15 PM EST
(Tickets for both the live event and the webcast must be purchased in advance)

During the event we will explore some of the following:

- Why do traditional marketing strategies seem to be missing the mark today?
- What do consumers and stakeholders want from companies today?
- What companies are having success building an authentic connection with consumers?
   * What are they doing different?
   * Why are they successful?
- What are some of the themes that seem to be resonating most with consumers today?

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