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Using Our Words: the origin and ongoing purpose of The Works’ aphorisms

Once Upon A Time At The Works Design

Using Our Words: the origin and ongoing purpose of The Works’ aphorisms

The Works started out as a design studio, finding elegant and compelling ways to present other people’s words and ideas. Pretty soon though, something that has been true for the 30-plus years we’ve been in business would not be denied! We’ve got a lot to say. Both on behalf of our clients and speaking for…

Where do we go from here: Opportunities and obligations for business in a post-pandemic environment

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Where do we go from here: Opportunities and obligations for business in a post-pandemic environment

David Rutherford is Vice President, ESG Services at NEI Investments, part of Aviso Wealth and Canada’s leading provider of Responsible Investment (RI) solutions. He’s a keen observer of the global finance and business sectors and one of the smartest guys we know. This is Part Three [Part One and Part Two here] of a free-ranging discussion David…

Engagement in Gear: changing the levers that drive Responsible Investment

Engagement in Gear: changing the levers that drive Responsible Investment

David Rutherford is Vice President of ESG Services at NEI Investments, part of Aviso Wealth and Canada’s leading provider of Responsible Investment (RI) solutions. He’s a keen observer of the global finance and business sectors and one of the smartest people we know. This is Part Two [here’s Part One] of a comprehensive conversation David had…

Leadership in Sustainable Communications: It’s style and substance

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Leadership in Sustainable Communications: It’s style and substance

Getting the message out, shaping opinion, building trust and inspiring action. Effective communication is one of the most powerful tools – and one of the core responsibilities – of every leader. This is especially true in the current environment and in the post-pandemic environment that the world is anxiously awaiting. At a recent sustainability-themed panel…

Taking Care of Business: Adapting to the challenge of doing business in the midst of a pandemic

Taking Care of Business: Adapting to the challenge of doing business in the midst of a pandemic

David Rutherford is Vice President of ESG Services at NEI Investments, part of Aviso Wealth and Canada’s leading provider of Responsible Investment (RI) solutions. He’s a keen observer of the global finance and business sectors and one of the smartest guys we know. So, we were delighted when he agreed to sit down (virtually via a…

2020 Insights on Materiality, Reporting and Digital Strategy

Wesley Gee

2020 Insights on Materiality, Reporting and Digital Strategy

During a recent webinar hosted by The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), The Works’ Director of Sustainability, Wesley Gee, spoke to WBCSD’s Johanna Tähtinen on materiality, smart reporting and the future of sustainability communication. Materiality Johanna Tähtinen: What have you seen as the biggest challenge regarding reporting on materiality and what can companies…

The Power of Culture in the Face of COVID-19

The Power of Culture in the Face of COVID-19

The Power of Culture in the Face of COVID-19

This article was developed based on an interview conducted with The Works’ Sustainability Director, Wesley Gee. Management Guru Peter Drucker famously observed that “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” This wasn’t a knock against strategy, but it was an acknowledgement that what really holds a company together and shapes its destiny is culture – the shared values,…

Could “genericide” pose the greatest risk for a brand that COVID-19 helped make famous?

Could “genericide” pose the greatest risk for a brand that COVID-19 helped make famous?

Zoom me? I was up zooming all night. I’m going to zoom her tomorrow. We’ve set up a zoom for the book club. Along with “flattening,” “PPE” and “R nought,” “zoom” is going to be one of the defining terms of the COVID-19 event, something we’ve all said and remember doing. However, unlike these other…

How The Works is Keeping up with COVID-19

How The Works is Keeping up with COVID-19

We live in a world with faster, broader and better access to information than ever before in human history. One of the unforeseen consequences of what should be an unalloyed good is the challenge caused by a lack of curation. The internet doesn’t differentiate, and it provides an excellent platform for misinformation, misinterpretation, uninformed or…

How The Works is Working

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How The Works is Working

Hi, first, we hope that you and those you care about are all doing well. We’re doing ok, and even though the doors of 10 Britain street, our beloved HQ, are closed, The Works is still open for business. We want to let people know about the steps we’ve taken to keep our staff and…

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