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The mantra of profit maximization is slowly losing its grip.

While the falsehood that fiduciary duty means solely making money for shareholders is being chipped away, many business leaders still cling on to this behaviour.

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The world of business appears to be so powerful and robust from the outside but look up close and it is brittle and full of fear.

Anxiety among top executives about losing their lavish bonuses and the status and lifestyle that comes with it, leads to the most perverse behaviour. Ignoring the damaging impacts on both society and the environment keeps things nice and simple in the same way as keeping away from the great unwashed by living behind high walls and security cameras.

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(VIDEO) GDP is so 20th century – Social Progress is the metric of the 21st century. Congrats Canada for being #1 among the G7

social-progress-index“Our fetish for economic growth has led us astray”

We need a better way to measure our societies, a measure based on the real things that matter to real people. Do I have enough to eat? Can I read and write? Am I safe? Do I have rights? Do I live in a society where I’m not discriminated against? Is my future and the future of my children prevented from environmental destruction? These are questions that GDP does not and cannot answer- it’s time for the Social Progress Index.

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Rethinking Prosperity: Government and Business Coming Together

Chrystia Freeland, Author, Thought Leader & Canadian MP

Chrystia Freeland, Canadian MP

DUE TO A SCHEDULING CONFLICT THIS EVENT WILL NOT TAKE PLACE ON NOV. 12th – IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN 2015.

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?

TWEET ME: Tweet: Join me at “Rethinking Prosperity Panel” w/ Government/Business/Academia #TSSS on Nov 12 http://ctt.ec/Fy449+ #CSR @cafreeland @globescan

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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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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Companies Must Embrace Problems To Succeed: A Choice Between Teflon or Velcro

Business schools need to make sure the values they instill are future-protective if corporate culture is to stop being a serious threat to sustainability.

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Teflon or Velcro?

Sitting in a corporate boardroom recently, I discussed the difference between Teflon and Velcro companies with a CEO and some of his senior executives. The difference? Teflon companies attract challenges about their ethical, social or environmental impacts, but tend to emerge unscathed and untarnished. Apple was like that for a while, Google too.

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