Elements of Strategy: Start with Vision…

Ask any group of entrepreneurs if they have a strategy and most will quickly say they do. In fact, they probably have a hiring strategy, a marketing strategy, a social media strategy, and inevitably an exit strategy! Is this really ‘strategy’ at all? Early stage entrepreneurs—particularly first time entrepreneurs—typically put together a jigsaw puzzle of ideas that aren’t quite assembled …

Reflections of Our CEO: Rethinking the Shape of ‘Success’

Recently, my wife and I were reflecting on my decade and a half as an entrepreneur, and found ourselves talking in a very objective way about the costs of this career path. Costs paid not in money, but in currencies a younger me never thought were finite. I never intended to start my own business. In the echoes of the …

Getting Sustainability Reporting Right: Three Trends to Know

Sustainability reporting is being used more frequently as a strategic tool for businesses to address popular interest in socially and environmentally responsible products. Showcasing impact and stakeholder engagement are top priorities, and three trends are giving shape to the most successful reports. Purpose is Moving to the Centre of Attention There’s a growing understanding that employees and customers want to buy …

Think Global, Act Local with your Business

As our news feeds are filled with the worst of nationalist and protectionist rhetoric, I’m inspired by the positive stories that highlight the ways communities are working to foster equity, social inclusion and economic resilience. What does it mean to “think global and act local” in your business operations? Whether it’s the co-operative movement, new ways of thinking about community …

Finding Meaning: Eight Reasons to Work for a Responsible Business

I was born in 1991, so I am what most people call a millennial. I grew up knowing the world faces profound social and environmental challenges. This is not breaking news. However, as a millennial, I also grew up with the important sentiment that I, just one person, can ‘change the world.’ I studied at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and …

Reflections of Our CEO: Inspiration for a Bold, New Year.

I’ve had Blackstar on repeat all week. Can’t get enough of it. “Challenging and disturbing,” in a characteristically David Bowie way, it was released a year ago today, and just two days before he succumbed to the cancer he’d been fighting while writing and producing his last album. In many ways, Blackstar is a raging lament at the death Bowie …

Intern Experience: Josie Wakefield

Sometime around the age of 16, British school kids are presented with an opportunity to gain work experience in roles and subject areas that pique their interest. This can be difficult for some—first to identify those areas and interests, and then to push themselves beyond their immediate circle to make new connections that can provide them with valuable work experience. Recenly, Junxion’s …

United We Stand: A New Era of Consolidation in the Social Sector?

Two major announcements recently echoed across the social sector landscape. Grameen Foundation and Freedom From Hunger have united, and in Canada, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) has merged with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). Does this indicate the beginning of an era of consolidation in the social sector? And what does that mean for social impact? Mergers and acquisitions are common in business. Each passing …