Leadership

7 Billion Reasons for Preserving and Growing Toronto’s Trees (full report)

tdbank1TD Bank showcases it’s leadership by releasing a unique report valuing Toronto’s Urban Forest at 7 Billion.

This spring TD Economics released a special report on the economic value of the environmental and social benefits provided by Toronto’s 10 million trees.  The report drew a surprising amount of interest, and not just among those working in the urban forestry and environment sector but from the public at large, which tells us there’s a thirst for information that defines the economic value of the benefits provided by the natural environment. And it’s easy to see why – it makes the business case for preserving and growing our forests and other “natural capital.”

I’m often asked why TD Economics would pursue what is a somewhat unconventional area of study for a big bank. The answer is fairly simple. There’s a strong link between the environment and the economy. TD has made a commitment to be an environmental leader, and part of that means providing thought leadership that can help drive the important conversations we need to have about the environment.

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A disconnect between marketers and consumers: Paul Pohlman of Unilever shares his thoughts.

Unilever Paul PohlmanLast month, Unilever CEO Paul Polman was in New York – to receive the Lifetime Achievement award from the Rainforest Alliance. As Rainforest Alliance President Tensie Whelan put it, “Paul has made several lifetimes of difference by leading Unilever to become a game changer.”

The company’s work with the Rainforest Alliance is well known – by setting targets like sourcing 100 percent of its palm oil sustainably, Unilever has made it easier for other companies to follow suit and helped complex supply chains become comfortable with change and collaboration.

And, the company hasn’t stopped at palm oil.

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Shared Value: Journey to an Unknown but Rewarding Destination

Note: TSSS apologizes for technical difficulties encountered during the event webcast.  We hope that this expanded event summary will allow everyone to share in the presentation and discussion of our May 28, 2014 event.

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Justin Bakule, Angela Simo Brown and Tim Faveri sharing their stories of Shared Value at TSSS.

On May 28, 2014 Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series (TSSS) held its first event hosted by Ryerson University.  TSSS Founder Brad Zarnett began by announcing the launch of the TSSS Innovation HUB, a meeting place for sustainability thought leaders which will showcase, explore and celebrate progressive companies to uncover what allows innovation to flourish.

The audience was then welcomed by Dr. Marie Boutrogianni, Dean of Ryerson’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and former Ontario MPP and cabinet minister. Dr. Boutrogianni explained Ryerson’s commitment to our shared future and the university’s dedication to pursuing environmental and social responsibility through its programs and research, including its Certificate in Sustainability Management. She spoke about lessons learned in her political career, including the value of stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

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What Makes Your Organization Special: It Starts With A Clear Vision

Jeroen_geelhoedThe past decades have thankfully provided increasing examples of organizations demonstrating that things can be done differently. Look at Whole Foods. Look at what global carpet tile manufacturer Interface has done. They are companies that focus on creating lasting value for all stakeholders.

Creating lasting value entails delivering value for employees, for customers, for shareholders and for society.

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Maybe it’s time to de-emphasize the use of the word “sustainability”.

April 22 was Earth Day. No doubt you saw too many articles pushing for “green” this and “green” that. The planet is sick and coming to an end. Blah blah blah.

Barking up the wrong tree

The environmentalist’s approach to catalyzing action is now akin to barking up the wrong tree. We shouldn’t be seen as preaching or preachers. We shouldn’t be talking to and writing for each other’s edification. Instead we should be translating Earth Day into action items that matter to legislators, to neighbors, and to business leaders.

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