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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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CSR on Steroids: 28 Environmental and Social Goals that Define a “Future Fit Company”

Future-Fit-Public-DraftTa-dah! As promised in my last blog, Public Draft 1.0 of the Future-Fit Business Benchmark is now available for use and feedback.

This free, open-source resource defines science-based, aspirational, sustainability goals for a company that desires to be fit for the future on a scarcer, more crowded, and hotter planet. We invite your feedback on the goals and your ideas on appropriate key performance indicators (KPIs) by which to assess progress toward each goal.

To recap, here is the what, why, who, how, and when of the Future-Fit Business Benchmark.

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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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Levi’s: Squeezing the Water Out of Our Jeans

Doing the right thing is rarely easy. It means asking tough questions, taking bold risks and making important changes. And since our company began 161 years ago, we’ve been committed to doing exactly that—on behalf of our employees, consumers, workers, and the planet.

Levis Jeans

Levi’s has shown bold leadership in its drive to become more sustainable

Today, one of the biggest initiatives at Levi Strauss & Co. is sustainability. And if we hadn’t asked ourselves the difficult questions, we never would have landed on and launched our most sustainable, innovative, and influential product offering to date: Levi’s Water<Less.

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  • TSSS EVENT: Sport and Sustainability: A Focus on the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games (FREE Livestream)

    Pam AM TorontoJoin TSSS on April 1st as our panel explores the power of sport to reach people and communities like nothing else can. Topics to be discussed include: Community Engagement, Sustainable Purchasing, Importance of a Clear Vision, Diversity and Inclusion, Branding and Leaving a Legacy. Learn more
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