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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…

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…

The New Realities: How AR, VR and MR Could Change the Corporate Communications Game

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The New Realities: How AR, VR and MR Could Change the Corporate Communications Game

Picture this: community members using their phones to witness the future development of a local sports complex. Or imagine the activist shareholder travelling to a remote cocoa farm to see supply chain improvements in action – all from the comfort of their desk chair. Scenarios like these are becoming possible thanks to immersive technologies like…

Our Review of Sustainable Brands: New Metrics 2017

Our Review of Sustainable Brands: New Metrics 2017

The latest Sustainable Brands spinoff focused on measuring impacts in the new global economy – and delivered a feast of tools and insights. This November, our resident guru Wesley Gee attended Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics 2017 conference hungry for sustainable snacks. (“I felt like a nerdy kid in a candy store full of SDG tips,…

Building the Best in Corporate Reporting: The 2017 CR Awards

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Building the Best in Corporate Reporting: The 2017 CR Awards

“In an ever-evolving and complex global economy, organizations must adapt to changing expectations and new environments while remaining accountable for their financial, social and environmental impact,” says Joy Thomas, president and CEO of CPA Canada. “We applaud all of the CR award winners as well as the dedicated judges who assessed the entries for playing…

Business [Un]Unusual: Key Insights

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Business [Un]Unusual: Key Insights

In October, our team attended the Business [Un]Usual conference at Beanfield Centre, which was themed Profit from Purpose. It’s a biannual summit on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability issues co-hosted by The Conference Board of Canada, CBSR, and Volunteer Canada, and its aim is to help business navigate “political, social, environmental and technological transformations.” From blockchain…

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