Business and Sustainability

Rethinking Prosperity: Government and Business Coming Together

Chrystia Freeland, Author, Thought Leader & Canadian MP

Chrystia Freeland, Canadian MP

The economic system that we have relied on to create prosperity in the past century is beginning to fail us. We are seeing clear signs that our current economic ideology is not guiding us to sustainable prosperity. In fact, the existing system is actively contributing to an unstable climate, resource scarcity, biodiversity loss and a widening gap between the ultra-rich and everyone else.

New panelists include Dr. Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo, and Doug Miller, CEO of GlobeScan

So we’re asking the tough question: How can we achieve prosperity AND protect our planet?

Who needs to lead the way? Are the answers to be found in corporate business strategies or in government regulation? Or both? Or neither? Is our cultural narrative of what it means to be successful sending us in the wrong direction?

How can business, government and citizens alike work together to change course towards a better future, one that is both prosperous and sustainable? AND, what approaches need to be adopted immediately to ensure that we move QUICKLY in that direction?

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On November 12th TSSS is excited to present a distinguished Panel of Experts from Government, Business and Academia to discuss how business and government can come together not only to better define prosperity but also to develop a plan for how to make it happen.


DATE: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
(registration closes November 10th)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:45-7:30)
NEW LOCATION: University of Toronto, Banting Institute, 100 College St., Rm 131
TWITTERCHAT: #tssschat from 5:15 – 6:00 PM EST

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During the event we will explore issues related to achieving SUSTAINABLE PROSPERITY:

  • How do we reach those who believe that a successful economy and a protected environment are mutually exclusive?
  • Could government involvement act as a boon for business rather than an impediment to progress?
  • Why are governments in a debt crisis while many large corporations seem to be growing more profitable every day?
  • Why does government seem to have the needed funds to deal with a banking crisis but not a climate crisis?
  • Is the shrinking middle class really an issue or is it just part of our economic evolution?

And we will explore how we might go about creating A NEW WAY FORWARD:

  • How do we change the conversation about what Canadian prosperity looks like?
  • What is the role of the Corporate Sustainability movement in solving these problems?
  • How can companies become more impactful through their government relations channels?
  • How can individuals (e.g. students, activists, business leaders, consumers) more effectively bring their ideas forward?

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Levi’s: Squeezing the Water Out of Our Jeans

Doing the right thing is rarely easy. It means asking tough questions, taking bold risks and making important changes. And since our company began 161 years ago, we’ve been committed to doing exactly that—on behalf of our employees, consumers, workers, and the planet.

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Levi’s has shown bold leadership in its drive to become more sustainable

Today, one of the biggest initiatives at Levi Strauss & Co. is sustainability. And if we hadn’t asked ourselves the difficult questions, we never would have landed on and launched our most sustainable, innovative, and influential product offering to date: Levi’s Water<Less.

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5 ways boards of directors can support sustainability

board-meetingWhile corporate responsibility has risen as a strategic priority for many companies, boards have not been driving this change. The UN Global Compact LEAD board program conducts extensive surveys and interviews with board members, which have revealed some significant key areas where board members often are not aligned. Those key areas are what sustainability means, what value it brings to the company, whether it adds to (or subtracts from) profit and innovation, what the risks and opportunities of sustainability are and who the most important stakeholders are for the company’s success or failure.

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Bob Willard: The Planet Can’t Wait for Incremental Change

Mon122077It’s time for a Future-Fit Business Benchmark. The reality of planetary boundaries presents one of the most daunting challenges of the twenty-first century. We are damaging the carrying capacity of the planet faster than it can repair itself. We are exceeding planetary boundaries. We are denying our nested interdependencies. For the first time in human history, the future of a healthy resilient human society is in question. This is not sustainable, neither for society nor for business.

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Should Government Legislate that Companies Must Disclose Information Relating to CSR?

Recently the European Commission adopted a groundbreaking CSR directive. It applies to 6,000 large companies with over 500 employees. Effective 2017, it directs them to disclose information on policies, risks and outcomes related to environmental matters, social and employee-related aspects, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery issues, and board director diversity. This is a bold and sensible move by the EU and should be applauded.  

Now…what will Canada do?

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Canada reviews the Canada Business Corporations Act – where does CSR belong?

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