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Breaking Down Silos: How Accountants and Sustainability Professionals Are Collaborating to Reduce Risks and Maximize Opportunities

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The Sustainability Team cannot do it alone!

The time has come to break down the barriers that prevent organizations from moving quickly on the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change and other sustainability issues. At our next event you will hear firsthand from those who are succeeding.

On October 1st TSSS will host a panel of experts including Robert Siddall, the CFO of Metrolinx, Mike Valente from the Schulich School of BusinessJennifer Ash, VP Finance and Operations at Frontiers North Adventures and just announced, Antoine Belaieff, Director of Regional Planning at Metrolinx. Panelists will share insights into how collaboration between finance and sustainability teams can reduce risk and increase profitability.

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Ask yourself:

  • Have you ever failed to get support for a sustainability initiative because you couldn’t establish the right metrics to make your case?
  • Have you ever wished that you had a finance department ally?
  • Are you frustrated by the lack of cohesion for driving sustainable change within your organization?
  • Have you ever tried to make a case for supply chain challenges or revenue shortfalls that are glaring risks but you lacked the support you needed from finance?

If you answered YES to any to these questions then this event is for you.

Distinguished Guests (see full bios below):

Robert Siddall. CFO at Metrolinx

Mike Valente, Schulich School of Buiness

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Jennifer Ash, Frontiers North Adventures

 

 

 

 

Some of the topics that we will explore include:

  • What role do accountants play in identifying and managing the risks and opportunities of climate change?
  • How are silos being torn down when accountants and sustainability professionals work together?
  • What do case studies by Canada’s national accounting body show about the role finance is playing to support organizations as they adapt to climate change?
  • What are the secrets to using the finance team to boost your company’s sustainability initiatives?


Where and When:

Loyalty OneDATE: Thursday, October 1st, 2015 (registration closes Friday September 25th)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 PM (snacks & networking from 6:45-7:30 PM)
LOCATION: Loyalty One, 438 University Ave., 12th Floor, Toronto (use elevators on the left in the lobby)
TWITTERCHAT: #tssschat from 5:15 – 6:00 PM EST
LIVESTREAM available: Register for password

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Bob Willard: “I’m Screwing Up as a Sustainability Champion.”

[Strong words from one of the most effective change agents in Sustainability]

“I’m screwing up as a sustainability champion. Going forward I’ve decided to change tactics and lead with a “burning platform” of environmental and social risks rather than the “carrot” of business opportunities.”

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For fifteen years, I have been writing and speaking about how corporations can capture the 4 carrots of emerging business opportunities, while reducing their negative environmental and social footprints.  The good news is that, for whatever reasons, some businesses are making incremental progress on their sustainability agendas. The bad news is that not enough firms are making enough progress, fast enough, to get to where they need to be―and to where my kids and my grandsons need them to be. I’ve decided to click into a different gear and to lead with a “burning platform” of environmental and social risks―the stick―that businesses must mitigate if they want to be fit for the future. There are 5 reasons that it’s time for me―and perhaps other frustrated sustainability champions―to change tactics.

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Telling a Sustainability Story? What to do and what NOT to do.

Everybody loves a list, right? Right.

Well, here’s mine – a 46-point manifesto-like checklist for anybody looking to communicate corporate sustainability. It’s not rocket science. But as the following pointers suggest, there’s every opportunity to get it wrong and a plethora of reasons to get it right.

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Measuring social value is a tricky business. So what do the experts think?

Just how important is data? What measurement tools are out there? This range of insights should help you off the starting block.

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If you’re thinking about incorporating social value in a serious way, you’re certainly not alone. Many companies are cottoning on to the fact that creating positive social impact is not just for those who want to do good, but also those who want to help their business flourish. As it turns out, Coca-Cola Enterprises put some numbers against this late last year, in a study that found that some 90% of CEOs and future business leaders believe businesses should have a social purpose.

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Unilever’s early leadership in “social purpose” is paying off.

Today the ethical consumer market hovers between 10 and 20 per cent. These numbers haven’t moved much since the term was first popularized 25 years ago. Yet market researchers such as Edelman and Ipsos Reid tell us that more than 80 per cent of Canadian consumers want companies to champion social causes, lead social change and stand for something. Companies that figure out how to tap into this latent demand for corporate social purpose stand to win big.

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