Business and Sustainability

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?


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

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Why You Need a Sustainability Narrative

It is not enough for your company to commit to sustainability.  You must find a way to effectively tell your Sustainability Story with meaning and purpose.

Panelists at TSSS

Phillip Haid, Steven Sage, Claudio Gemmiti and Eric Whan discussion the importance of a Sustainability Narrative at TSSS

On September 30th, 2014, over 100 sustainability change agents gathered for a TSSS event at  Ryerson University’s Chang School (with almost 100 more joining via LiveStream and Twitter) to explore the idea of a “Sustainability Narrative” and its value to a company.

Crafting a Sustainability Narrative that will engage consumers was discussed by a panel of four industry experts: (Click here to read the panelists’ bios)

Click here to learn more about our upcoming event on November 12, 2014:
Rethinking Prosperity with Canadian MP, Chrystia Freeland

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What’s the disease of the 21st Century Corporation? Nelson Switzer of PwC talks strategically about CSR.

Nelson Switzer, Director & Leader, Sustainable Business Solution at PwC Canada shares his ideas about how to think strategically about CSR:

During the video Neslon explores some of the following ideas:

  • How to change one’s thinking about sustainability as a philosophy towards a management system.
  • What’s the disease of the 21st century corporation?
  • What is the most important boardroom table?

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PWC’s Future of Work Report: Where does Sustainability Fit in?


Susan Camberis offers 5 key takeaways from the recently released PwC Report, The Future of Work — A Journey to 2022.

I like thinking about the future.

Ever since hearing Jennifer James discuss her book Thinking in the Future Tense at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference years ago, I’ve been fascinated by how mega-trends affect the world of work.

I also like thinking about sustainability.

A little more than five years ago, I had a catalyzing moment that piqued my interest in sustainability and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’m particularly interested in how organizations are aligning their business, sustainability, and human capital strategies, and the resulting impact on HR’s role in the enterprise.

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CSR Communication Goal Should be Impact, not Information

impactI’m a big believer that through business and brands we have the ability to create positive social impact. It is the reason why I’m such an advocate for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in all forms. Especially when it comes to efforts that have been transformative, not just improvements to standard industry practice. CSR has evolved to become a significant ingredient and investment for business health and growth. It is why I’ve come to expect even more of CSR communication, and why business and society should as well. Too many CSR communication efforts today strive for the minimum, creating “just enough” of a reaction to get noticed by shareholders, employees, and the pubic. But what good are such investments if they fail to raise support for the social issues advocated? Or fail to connect CSR issues beyond niche interest?

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