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Sustainability: Canada’s Strengths and Weaknesses

A large scale study by OfficeMax Grand & Toy comparing Canadian companies to their world peers finds Canada leads in capturing cost reduction from sustainability initiatives but lags global leaders in driving profitability through collaboration. Broader collaborations with customers, suppliers, government and policy makers may be a key to unlocking the … Read more »

The State of Impact Investing: Green Living Business Forum

What is the state of impact investing? The panel of experts from large institutional investors to small foundations at the 2013 Green Living Business Forum share their thoughts on the growth potential, risks and opportunities, and the valuation of social and environmental factors. Six common threads emerged from the discussion chaired … Read more »

Three CEOs in One Room: Walmart, Coca-Cola, Unilever

Some of the biggest CEOs in Canada come together for the Walmart Green Student Challenge. I took this rare opportunity to ask them: Where is sustainability going for Canadian industries? Walmart, Coca-Cola, and Unilever already share best practices for their common goals in sustainability. Now they want to see more … Read more »

How Third-Party CSR Ratings Impact Share Price

Being added to external corporate social responsibility indices enhances a company’s reputation and can affect its share price, but not always in ways expected. This article examines how the stock prices of 121 companies changed after being added to or removed from the Calvert Social Index. Socially responsible investing has … Read more »

CDP Canada 2011: Key Highlights

Carbon Disclosure Project recently released its Canada 2011 report at the Toronto Stock Exchange. More Canadian companies than ever publicly report their greenhouse gas emissions. Contrary to the common belief that going green slows growth, businesses who take the lead into a low carbon economy delivered twice the financial return … Read more »

12 Ways To Turn Green Intentions Into Green Actions

Eighty-two percent of consumers have good green intentions, but only 16% are dedicated to fulfilling these intentions, according to an Ogilvy study. This puts 66% in what is called the “Middle Green,” a group that is neither active environment crusaders nor anti-greens. These are the massive middle, the everyday mainstream … Read more »

How To Embed Sustainability Into Corporate Culture: A Cheat Sheet

Ninety-three percent of CEOs see sustainability as important to their company’s future success, as found by a UN-Accenture study. But how does one embed sustainability into a company’s core culture? Dr. Stephanie Bertels of Simon Fraser University conducted one of the most extensive researches in this subject. Her findings in … Read more »

Coca-Cola: A Case Study In Sustainability

How does Coca-Cola integrate sustainability into their operations? For several years its facility in Brampton, Ontario, one of its largest in North America, has been transforming its manufacturing and distribution to save energy, reduce carbon footprint, water usage, and material usage. In this case study we look at the goals, … Read more »

Top Talents Attracted to Socially Responsible Companies

Talents are key to success in today’s business. How much would a company pay to lower staff turnover rate by 12%? Best Employers in Canada winner LoyaltyOne achieved this through going green. LoyaltyOne operates the popular Air Miles reward program that is used by approximately two-thirds of Canadian households. In … Read more »

Federal Election Reshapes Canada’s Climate Policy Landscape

History was made in Canada’s federal election on May 2. Conservative gets majority government while New Democrat serves as Opposition for the first time. How will this alter federal policies on energy, environment, and climate change? Let’s examine the parties’ environmental platforms, their gains and losses, followed by how Canada’s … Read more »

Unilever’s Triple Win Sustainability Strategy

Unilever has been the number one Food & Beverage company on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 12 consecutive years. Through Bullfrog Power, Unilever recently became the largest commercial purchaser of renewable energy in Canada at 59,000 MWh per year. What is Unilever’s sustainability strategy and why do they do … Read more »

Investment Bank, VC, Credit Rating Agency Talk Sustainability

At the conference on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Issues presented by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), an audience of senior executives from Canada and around the world heard from an industry panel on the current state of how sustainability affects raising capital. Bruce Cooper from Toronto-Dominion Bank’s Asset … Read more »