Peanuts for Donuts? Or Why a Living Wage is a Social Imperative

“If your business is only profitable when you pay employees below poverty wages, your business model isn’t viable.” The quote is from a fairly direct comment I read on a friend’s Facebook post as the Tim Horton’s minimum wage controversy was generating massive publicity. On January 1, the minimum wage in Ontario, Canada jumped to $14 (from $11.60). Next January, …

Reflections of Our CEO: Five Questions to Make 2018 Magnificent….

A year ago this week, I took a day away from work, family and friends, and set to reflecting on the year that would be. This has been my practice for five years now, and as 2017 draws to a close, I’m beginning to reflect on another new year…. I begin by looking back across my calendar at the year …

Leadership & change: the role of effective sustainability reporting

In the first of these articles on sustainability reporting, I argued companies need to telling a coherent story in their reporting across the four inter-related areas—setting the context, articulating their purpose, demonstrating innovation and showcasing impact. This makes the reports more interesting to read, and engages more people outside the business in sustainability programmes. In this piece, I am arguing …

Reflections of Our CEO: Finding Connection in a Time of Division

I used to think I was psychic. I could really clearly foresee people’s decisions, or anticipate their actions. I still can, and it still feels like magic to me. I blame retail. I spent 10 years working in and running destination bicycle retail stores. This was in the years after the invention of the mountain bike, when independent bicycle dealers …

How are you integrating Reconciliation and social justice in your business?

Canada’s Reconciliation process is rooted in social justice. It recognizes that Canada’s historic treatment of and attitude towards Indigenous Peoples—First Nations, Métis and Inuit—have many deep consequences for our society today. The Reconciliation Commission highlights societal issues of marginalization and racial discrimination, overt systemic bias resulting in a lack of autonomy and opportunity for specific communities, and subtler implicit biases …

Into the Fray! A Call for Corporate Activism

As I write, the air reeks of burned wood. It is the lingering stench of the worst forest fire season on record for Western North America. Massive plumes of smoke are rising hundreds of miles away, and the pall is cast over skies as far as the eye can see. Recent coverage of the worst-ever flooding in Houston, from which …