Corporate Social Responsibility

Moving Toward Our Goal of Zero Deforestation

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada
Ian Lifshitz

One year ago Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), immediately halting all natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain. Specifically, we outlined four key priorities for 2014 to engage our broader industry and other sectors to help accelerate the realization of zero deforestation.

Think You're Not Part of the Congo Conflict? Check Your Pocket

Paul Dewar | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Paul Dewar

As we prepare for the holiday season, many of us are thinking about how we can be responsible consumers. The conflict in the Congo is fuelled and funded by minerals -- gold, tin, tungsten, and tantalum. Too often, these minerals end up in our cellphones, computers, and jewellery. Just as people can now give ethical diamonds, we should be able to give electronics and jewellery in good conscience.

Good Corporate Citizens Don't Take Cash From Taxpayers

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Can a company truly be considered a good corporate citizen while taking money from taxpayers through corporate welfare? Corporate welfare happens when a government makes a political decision to use tax dollars to favour one company over another. While all of us understand we need to pay taxes to fund societal benefits like hospitals, schools and infrastructure, most feel government should not use our money to pick winners and losers in business by handing out grants to specific companies.

Can an Altruistic Business Model Also Be Profitable?

r/ally | Posted 12.21.2013 | Canada Business
r/ally

"Imagine if companies started thinking about the social impact they wanted to create in the world and tied it to bottom line performance. The potential impact could be incredible," explained Mr. Haid. As an example, he cites TOMS, which donates a pair of shoes for each one purchased or Warby Parker, which runs a similar model but for sunglasses.

Beyond Certification: B Corp is About Community

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Aaron H. Emery

At the risk of sounding a bit existential, B Corps are businesses, fundamentally bent toward a greater purpose. They recognize that degrees of intentionality go a long way when it comes to making employees' lives a little bit better.

Toronto CEOs take up Prince of Wales's Challenge

Matthew Rowe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Matthew Rowe

Gay Mitchell (Deputy Chair - RBC Wealth Management) taking part in discussions as part of the Oct. 3, Prince's Seeing is Believing visit day It's a ...

Western Business Must Walk the Talk in Myanmar

Errol P. Mendes | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Business
Errol P. Mendes

Many people in Myanmar commemorated the 25th anniversary this September of one of the bloodiest crackdowns in the country's history. Western business should be encouraged to bring more socially responsible practices to Myanmar but should take critical measures to ensure that they not become part of the democracy-hindering problem rather than the solution.

B Corps: Big Impact Attracts Big Investors (The Good Business of *Good* Business)

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Impact
Aaron H. Emery

B Corp Certification honours visionary business leaders that are coming together to use the power of business as a force for good. Through a completely transparent and fully measurable process, B Corp offers an umbrella of "trust" that has proven to be attractive to both entrepreneurs and consumers alike.

It's Time to Start Thinking About Corporate Social Responsibility

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 10.08.2013 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

Ultimately, creating a Corporate Social Responsibility policy may seem like a daunting, distant proposition. But if your company is committed to upholding far-reaching and long-term sustainability standards, it's best to be clear about what that means and demonstrate that commitment by weaving it into your corporate DNA early on.

Joe Biden's 2016 Business Plan?

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 09.19.2013 | Canada
Aaron H. Emery

It is possible that you missed it. You didn't notice the rumble on Wednesday morning--or perhaps you dismissed it as local construction work--or mayb...

The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster is a Corporate Crime

Wade Rowland | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada Business
Wade Rowland

The Lac Megantic rail disaster is a terrible tragedy for the many who suffered loss. It is also an object lesson in why industries dominated by large corporations cannot be trusted to regulate themselves -- not even when there is nominal oversight by government. Corporations, when they grow large, go public, and take on professional management teams, devolve from being human institutions governed at least in part by genuine ethical constraints, into machine-like entities that are devoid of moral sensibility.

The Prince of Wales and Corporate Social Responsibility in Canada

Matthew Rowe | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Matthew Rowe

For the past forty years, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has focused much of his charitable work on the well-being of the individual within the community. It is an interdependent relationship, with both requiring sacrifices and allowances from the other. His Royal Highness has taken up this challenge by founding charities that focus on issues such as corporate social responsibility.

A Cup of Coffee You Can Feel Good About

Adam Pesce | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Impact
Adam Pesce

While not exactly a certification, like Fair Trade or the Rainforest Alliance, direct trade is really more of a loose concept: remove as many of the middlemen as possible and make sure the most marginalized and impoverished people in the coffee chain, the coffee farmers themselves, are given a bigger piece of the pie.

Canada Must Improve Corporate Responsibility Overseas

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 07.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

The shock felt by Canadians following the recent tragedy in Bangladesh shows that we, as a country, care deeply about the welfare of others. In the wake of this tragedy, the NDP has called for stronger corporate accountability rules. Action to strengthen corporate accountability for Canadian companies operating and contracting work overseas is well overdue.

Why Canadians Are Finally Sticking it to the Man

Jana Schilder | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Business
Jana Schilder

Canadians are not sitting back any more and taking bad corporate behaviour. We may have arrived at a tipping point where increasingly Canadians who have been shoved, are pushing back. The RBC "fire Canadians" story broke on a weekend. By the start of the week, politicians had heard from constituents across Canada. Over in Bangladesh, a garment factory collapsed in Rana Plaza, killing more than 700. And just because a videographer caught a glimpse of a Joe Fresh clothing label and some editor put that on Canadian television, suddenly Canada's best-known retail leader, Galen G. Weston, was all over the media.

Tis the Season to Give. Here's Why! #WhatWouldYouGive

Amber Rehman | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Amber Rehman

In late November TELUS asked their Facebook friends a simple question; if you could give anything to anyone, what would you give? To give is one thing, but to involve the average person and allow them to be part of the sharing is a beautiful thing.

Corporate Sponsors: Don't Show Off, Show us Something

Anne Day | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Business
Anne Day

What is it about big corporate sponsors that they don't get that the hard sell just doesn't work any more and that they'd win over more customers if they just gave useful information instead of the sales pitch on how wonderful they are? Boring the audience does not win people over. So here's my tips to corporate sponsors.

The Benefits of Carbon Shadow Pricing

Tyler Elm | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

Placing a price on carbon of anywhere from $10 to $80 a tonne can have a profound effect on business planning. It can help a company cut costs, while dramatically reducing its risk and exposure to rising energy prices and a price being put on carbon. Which brings us to an important question...

Apple, Have a Heart -- It's Time to Give Back

Daniel Baylis | Posted 11.13.2012 | Canada Impact
Daniel Baylis

The new iPhone has arrived. And those who worship at the altar of Apple are salivating. But where does the company exist in the hearts of the consumers of technology? Other leading tech-centred brands are turning profits and making tangible commitments to the greater world. I don't want to hear any more excuses -- it's time to place cause at the core of business.

Starting Fresh After a Scandal

David Gebler | Posted 07.29.2012 | Canada Business
David Gebler

Think of it as walking into a neighbourhood leveled by a tornado. That pretty much sums up what a special type of CEO faces -- one who's been brought on after the termination or resignation of a scandal-ridden predecessor. A CEO version 2.0 has a lot to contend with in that kind of wake. Here are some tips...

When Profit and Social Responsibility Collide

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 06.08.2012 | Canada Business
Andreas Souvaliotis

We fuelled a belief in our capitalist society that you can't make a profit without harming the world -- and that the only people who can do good for our world don't make a profit. "Giving back" has become one of the most fashionable lines -- as if to imply that we really must have stolen something as we were making a profit!

Applying Kandinsky's Test of Madness to Business

Simon Zadek | Posted 02.17.2012 | Canada Business
Simon Zadek

Progressive CEOs need to apply their corporate muscle effectively, and that means challenging those businesses preventing a timely transition to the sustainable economy.

Capitalism 2.0: Corporate Social Responsibility Is Not the Enemy of Profits

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 01.08.2012 | Canada Business
Andreas Souvaliotis

The cynics in the not-for-profit space would argue that profit and "good" cannot possibly be synonymous. But has the obsession with "giving back" made any difference at all? The successful businesses of the future will be the ones that figure out how to maximize profit as they maximize their positive impact on the world.