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The Evolution of a Canadian Sustainability Leader: Kruger Products Shares its Journey

Kruger LogoYou know Sponge Pockets, but do you know Kruger Products?

You may not have heard of Kruger Products L.P., but surely you’re familiar with the Sponge Pockets – men dressed in white puffy suits characterizing super absorbent pockets who appear in TV commercials ready to spring into superhero-like action to soak up spilled juice and wipe away dirty paw prints. Kruger Products is the company behind these quirky characters and the SpongeTowels® they represent, as well as other well-known brands including Cashmere®, Purex®, Scotties®, White Swan® and White Cloud®. Kruger Products is Canada’s leading manufacturer of tissue and paper products for household, commercial and industrial use.

Learn more about Kruger Products by visiting their Homebase Page in the TSSS Innovation HUB

sponge pocketsKruger Products’ has a long sustainability legacy.  More than sixty years ago, when concern for the environment wasn’t even on most companies’ corporate radar, Kruger Products launched its first reforestation program and quietly helped set a new course for forest management. For Kruger Products, environmental stewardship is about identifying needs, seeing opportunities, and doing the right thing for business, for people and for the planet.

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5 Takeaways from the Newly Established Global Compact Network Canada Peer-Review Reporting Program

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By Megan Wallingford and Anastasia Ostapchuk of GCNC

Canadian companies identify 5 takeaways from the Global Compact Network Canada Reporting Peer-Review Program. 

This July, eight Canadian companies successfully completed the inaugural Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) Reporting Peer Review Program.  We are delighted to announce that the winners of the first Canadian Peer-Choice Reporting Award are Teck Resources (Group 1) and BMO, Enbridge (tied for first place in Group 2)!

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Report: Climate Change is “Risky Business”. Who is Best Positioned to Solve the Problem?

cabsOn June 24th, a panel composed largely of Masters of the Universe told the American business community that it was time to get serious about global warming.

Arraigned along the dais were former Goldman Sachs and U.S. Treasury potentates Robert Rubin and Hank Paulson, billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former U.S. Housing Secretary and real estate investment magnate Henry Cisneros, Cargill CEO Gregory Page and former U.S. HHS Secretary Donna Shalala, among others.

The occasion: a press conference to announce the release of the first in-depth report on the economic impact of climate change ever to be produced in the United States.

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Keep the spotlight on the the true hero – 3 tips for telling your sustainability story.

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It’s tempting enough for brands to want to talk about themselves – even truer when they are doing something good.

In today’s radically transparent social business marketplace, the reputation of a company extends way beyond its marketing to include its supply chain, manufacturing processes, employee treatment and customer engagement.

Likewise, full circle sustainability requires that companies overhaul how they source their ingredients, manufacture and distribute their products, and manage the waste they generate. Both of these realities place higher demands on time-poor executives and entrepreneurs, yet too many fail to recoup the costs of such efforts because they don’t share their sustainability story effectively.

In fact, almost all companies are guilty of three key mistakes that mean these investments of time, money and energy never build their brand or bottom line.

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Another Radical Sustainability Idea: Pay Employees at Least a Fair Living Wage

fair wageHere is another breakthrough corporate CSR idea; How about paying employees at least a fair living wage? My last blog suggested A Wild and Crazy Corporate CSR Idea: Pay Your Taxes.

At the risk of being overly innovative by simply stating the obvious, I humbly suggest a second breakthrough corporate social responsibility (CSR) program: pay all employees at least a Living Wage. Otherwise, corporations may be setting themselves up for public embarrassment, like the report that went viral last October about how McDonald’s US pays its workers below-poverty-line wages while its “McResource” employee help line encourages them to use food stamps and government assistance to make ends meet. That is, McDonald’s wants the government (a.k.a. tax-paying citizens) to top up their paltry workers’ wages. Awkward. McDonald’s has since discontinued its McResource.

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  • TSSS Event: Rethinking Prosperity: Government and Business Coming Together

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    Join TSSS on November 12th as a distinguished panel from  Government, Business and Academia converge to “Rethink Prosperity" and explore how business and government can work more effectively together.  Learn more >>

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