Business and Sustainability

Helping Empower Boards to Unlock the Value of Corporate Sustainability

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Board members can play a pivotal role in helping companies unlock the value of corporate sustainability.

Open a newspaper or tune into a radio show, and it’s a good bet you’ll run into a story about growing mistrust of companies and their leaders.

The sense that some of our current incentive systems seem to be driving risky and in some cases immoral behavior has catalyzed a public call for transparency, accountability, better governance and stewardship of our common resources. One major change people seek is commitment to sustainable business principles and subsequent global action.

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The Disconnect Continues with Sustainability and Investing

[In a recent post Derek Wong of Carbon49 illustrated how sustainability leaders outperform the market (Canadian CSR Leaders Outperform TSX) yet a glaring disconnect continues when it comes to assessing a companies risks and opportunities as it relates to it’s CSR strategy.  Why is it so hard for the investment community to put meaningful metrics behind CSR?]

Bradley Silverman

Companies are struggling to effectively communicate with investors on sustainability, according to the UN Global Compact – Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability in collaboration with the Principles for Responsible Investment.

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Business “As Usual” No More: The Rules are Changing Whether We Like it or Not

Elisabeth Comere of Tetra Pak outlines a 3-Prong Approach for Pushing Climate Change Agendas Across Supply Chains.

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Climate Change Leads to Rising Costs & Investment Risks

Economists predict that the Canadian economy will lose billions to climate change by 2050 if infrastructure is not upgraded to withstand harsh natural disasters; which have doubled over the past 30 years. This could cost Canadians $5 billion per year in 2020, and $21-$43 billion by 2050, says the TD Special Report on Climate Change. In the United States, the Risky Business Report predicts climate change will cost the U.S. economy $35 billion annually and trillions of dollars by the end of the century if left unabated.

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Sector Collaboration Spearheaded by Kruger Products Brings Rewards in Sustainability

Kruger Products hosts Roundtables with industry leaders who share best practices in the realm of sustainability.  Past participants have included: Walmart, Longos, Nestle, Metro, Overwaitea and Grocer Magazine. The benefits of collaboration are many.  Could this be a model for other sectors?

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There are many elements to be considered when it comes to moving consumer packaged goods in a sustainable way… transportation, warehousing and logistics of products from nature, to the factory, to your favourite store’s shelf.

Supply chains have become more complex over the past century, especially given the recent rise of e-commerce, allowing companies to extend their reach to source better, cheaper and sell to more distant markets. But this increased movement of goods affects our planet, through rising greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. To discuss and learn from leading best practices in sustainable transportation and logistics, Kruger Products convened their third annual Leaders in Sustainable Thinking Roundtable, which brought companies together to discuss challenges and opportunities in finding more sustainable transit solutions.

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

Report Highlights include:

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Top 3 Myths of Why CSR Strategies Fail?

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”… right?

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I used to believe that the right plan would always yield the right result. Just follow the steps, stay the course, and celebrate the win. I then learned that people are unwieldy; if they don’t have a say in the plan, they won’t see how it pertains to them, and they don’t follow through. Easy solution: start with an environmental scan, adjust the plan to the people, and then you’re back on track – stay the course, celebrate the win.

But even after all that, my plans seemed to fail. And still, the problem seemed to be the people. I gave them a great plan, so why couldn’t they just fall in line?

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