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Does Prosperity Need a Rethink? How Can We Better Navigate the Journey?

Chrystia Freeland, Author, Thought Leader & Canadian MP

Chrystia Freeland, Author, Thought Leader & Canadian MP

Our economic system has created great wealth and brought hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. But as we dig deeper, things get complicated. The system that we’ve relied on to create our prosperity in the past century is beginning to fail us.

Sustainability is about meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations. An economic system that shrinks the middle class and leaves more and more people behind is just as real a threat to our collective future as are climate change, resource scarcity and bio-diversity loss.

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We have the power to reverse this trend and create a different future. It is time for a New Narrative where Citizens, Business People and Politicians alike all have a role to play in rethinking prosperity.  The Corporate Sustainability movement has done incredible work in bringing some of these issues to the forefront – but is it enough?

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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On November 12th, Chrystia Freeland, author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else” and the Federal Member of Parliament (MP) for Toronto Centre will join TSSS to share her thoughts and ideas on the challenge of wealth concentration and our shrinking middle class while exploring our collective role in charting a new path forward.

During the event we will explore issues related to our current predicament:

* What is causing the trend towards wealth concentration and our shrinking middle class?
* Why are governments in a debt crisis while cash-rich corporations seem to be finding new ways to NOT pay their taxes?
* How does our current prosperity narrative keep us locked in unsustainable patterns?
* Why does government seem to have the needed funds to deal with a banking crisis but not a climate crisis?

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

* How can we change the conversation about what Canadian prosperity looks like?
* How do we get government policies to reflect the urgency that we feel towards an economic system that is beginning to fail us?
* How far can the Corporate Sustainability movement go towards solving this problem?
* How can companies become more impactful through their government relations channels?
* How can students and activists more effectively bring their ideas forward?

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What is a “Sustainability Narrative” and Why is it Important to Your Company?

Sharing your corporate message in the sustainability era is tricky business. Experts agree that sustainability doesn’t mean anything real to consumers. Too often, it brings to mind technical issues or overwhelming environmental challenges. More than ever consumers want to live meaningful lives and engage with brands that are driven by purpose. They want to trust that a brand is making good choices for them.

[Please have a look at the recent report by BBMG which takes a closer look at this evolving challenge for companies.  "The New Sustainability Narrative: Tapping into Meaning and Purpose."]

Join us on September 30th as our expert panel explores the challenges and opportunities of building a sustainability narrative that connects more deeply with your audience.

Our Distinguished Guests:

- Steven Sage, VP Sustainability & Innovation, Kruger Products L.P.
- Eric Whan, Director, GlobeScan
- Phillip Haid, CEO, Public INC
- Claudio Gemmiti, Senior VP, Innovation and Strategic Growth, Club Coffee

Discussion Facilitator: Brad Zarnett, Executive Director, TSSS

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Ryerson logoDATE: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:45-7:30)
LOCATION: Ryerson University, Podium Building, 380 Victoria Street, The Commons Room 250 (map)
FREE LIVE WEBCAST & twitterchat #tssschat from 5:15 – 6:15 PM EST
(Tickets for both the live event and the webcast must be purchased in advance)

During the event we will explore some of the following:

- Why do traditional marketing strategies seem to be missing the mark today?
- What do consumers and stakeholders want from companies today?
- What companies are having success building an authentic connection with consumers?
   * What are they doing different?
   * Why are they successful?
- What are some of the themes that seem to be resonating most with consumers today?

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Increased Revenue through Community Engagement: The “Shared Value” Advantage

The Business Opportunities From Solving Social Problems

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At this TSSS event you will learn how you can leverage Shared Value right along your value chain while simultaneously making your company more profitable.  You will discover how you can achieve a competitive advantage while experiencing the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping to solve a social problem. This is the promise of Shared Value and this TSSS event will give you the tools and insight you need to bring it to your company.

Tim Hortons

It might sound too good to be true but this concept has been proven repeatedly in the three years since Michael Porter coined the phrase “Shared Value” in the Harvard Business Review. So how do you ensure that your company is ready to engage in this conversation and seize this opportunity? When and how will the benefits materialize? How do you quantify the ROI? Where do you look for partners? How do you get started?  These are the questions that will be answered through specific case studies and explanations of proven business strategies at our TSSS event on May 28th.

DATE: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 (registration closes May 23rd)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:35-7:30)
NEW LOCATION: Ryerson University, Podium Building, 380 Victoria Street, The Commons Room 250 (map)
FREE LIVE WEBCAST & twitterchat #tssschat from 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST
(Tickets for both the live event and the webcast must be purchased in advance)

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Distinguished Guests:

Tim Faveri

Tim Faveri

Justin Bakule

Justin Bakule

Justin Bakule
Executive Director
Shared Value Initiative


Tim Faveri

Dir., Sustainability & Responsibility
Tim Hortons

Join us on May 28th as two sustainability champions, Justin Bakule and Tim Faveri, clearly show how exploring “Shared Value” can unlock new revenue streams for your company.

air-miles-social-change[JUST ANNOUNCED - Angela Simo Brown, Co-Founder and GM of the Air Miles for Social Change Program at Loyalty One will be joining our Panel.]

Tim will discuss the exciting work that has taken place at Tim Hortons through its Coffee Partnership Program. Justin will share stories from Mars Inc. (improving cocoa production in West Africa), Arauco (leading Chilean forestry company), Novartis (working in rural India), Nestle, Ben and Jerry’s, Kirin (Japanese beverage company near Fukushima where the Tsunami caused devastation) and Mercy Corps (international NGO). And now Angela will discuss the wild success of the Air Miles program and its ability to get people physically active.

During the event we will explore some of the following:

  • How you can use social issues as a strategic lens to address business opportunities
  • How to use your corporate culture to find “shared value” opportunities
  • Why the values of your senior leaders are essential to your success
  • How Tim Hortons has delivered social benefits to its coffee suppliers in Central and South America
  • How Mars Inc. has driven positive change within its cocoa supply chain
  • How Novartis has found new revenue streams by bringing improved health to rural Indian communities
  • How to measure your Shared Value Initiative ROI

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Webinar Series – Capitalism 2.0: A Deeper Dive

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“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
                                                                                                                         – R. Buckminster Fuller

Has capitalism lost its way? Can it survive or will it need to be replaced? Does your company understand the strategies for the new economy? And are you ready to compete in an economic system that rewards shared values, well being and inclusive prosperity?

CSRwire_TSSS_logosTSSS and CSRwire have joined forces to explore the world that follows Capitalism. Some are calling it Capitalism 2.0 and others are calling for an entirely new sustainable economy.   Either way the time has come for a change – join us for a dynamic conversation with leading experts and changemakers.

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The Future of Capitalism: New Metrics, New Models, New Outcomes

Mark Anielski

Mark Anielsk, author of “The Economics of Happiness”

The Future of Capitalism: New Metrics, New Models, New Outcomes
Has Capitalism lost its way? Can it survive or will it be replaced?  Does your company understand the strategies for the new economy?  Are you ready to compete in an economic system that rewards shared values, well being and inclusive prosperity?  Join us on Tuesday March 4th to hear from one of the world’s leading experts on the emerging metric of well-being…the new bottom line.

Mark Anielski, author of “The Economics of Happiness” and advisor to the Prime Minister of Bhutan, will share with us how progressive companies are getting ahead of the curve and optimizing their most important assets – trust and relational capital.

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DATE: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 (registration closes February 27)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:30-7:30)
NEW LOCATION: Loyalty One, 438 University Ave., 12th Floor, Toronto (use elevators on the left in the lobby)
TWITTERCHAT: #tssschat from 5:00 – 6:30 PM EST
WEBINAR:  A deeper dive into the issues discussed at the live event – to be held on Thursday March 20, 2014 at 1pm EST (register below)
(Tickets for both the live event and the follow up ‘Deeper Dive’ webinar must be purchased in advance)

During the event we will explore some of the following:

* What’s wrong with Capitalism? Does it have a future?
* What we can learn from Bhutan – the happiest country in the world
* Why the topic of Inclusive Prosperity was such a hot topic at Davos
* How companies like PUMA and Unilever are positioning themselves for the future by expanding their metrics to include well-being
* How progressive companies are optimizing their most important assets: trust and relational capital

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