Unintended Consequences: B Corp Legislation in British Columbia

In a few weeks, the BC government will vote on a bill tabled by the BC Green party to create a new corporate form—the Benefit Company—based on the American model of benefit corporations. It’s a well-intentioned move, and has vocal support from several members of the local B Corp certification community, but it has some real and negative unintended consequences. …

Adding Value Through Impact Reporting

It took us a while to issue our own Impact Report but as vocal advocates for impact reporting we have to walk the talk! As the old journalistic adage goes: ‘Nothing like a deadline….’ Given we were invited to present a workshop on impact reporting at the 2018 Investor Circle – Social Venture Network conference on Bridging Profit & Purpose, we …

Showcasing Impact: A Fast, Cheap, and Good Approach?!

It’s a constant challenge for leaders of purpose-driven organizations to showcase their goals and demonstrate their impact for stakeholders. Here’s one approach, using simple dashboards. The problem for reporting managers and social entrepreneurs is that they must… craft a clear and compelling message, backed by data, about how they’re achieving their goals that is tailored to different audiences, and do …

Live Your Organizational Values – Practical First Steps

“Purpose” is the flavour of the month. It’s all over the business press: everyone has a story about their purpose, and acknowledges the importance of purpose and values in managing their organizations, attracting talent, and developing brands. Organizations in the finance, health and social sectors, where achieving business and social impacts are implicitly part of the job, are looking for …

Have We Hit ‘Peak Entrepreneur?’

Unbridled ambition has become entangled with the definition of entrepreneurship. Anything less than “putting a dent in the universe” seems to be deemed “failure.” Even social entrepreneurs seem to be taking on more and more ambitious goals striving beyond the ‘progressive change’ that used to characterize the social sector. While any university that isn’t yet home to an incubator is …

Informing and Inspiring the Global Sporting Goods Industry

Over the past year, we’ve worked with the luminaries of the sporting goods industry to set new standards for corporate responsibility on 13 different impact areas, including working hours for people in operations around the world, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and management of chemicals in garment and equipment manufacturing.   The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) …

Shift Your Thinking About ‘Growth’

Since our recent piece, ‘Where Do We Grow from Here?’ conversations seem to have been in the air about business growth. How should we grow? Where should we grow? What does growth even mean? We’re not the only ones asking…. In the past year, we’ve completed a number of large, stakeholder-engaged strategic planning assignments with a diverse list of clients. …

Can Social Innovation Enhance Corporate Community Investment?

Since the 1980s and the advent of ‘austerity’ economics, the social sector has increasingly borrowed lessons from the corporate sector to advance important social causes. The massive uptake by charities of social entrepreneurship and ‘impact measurement’ have forever changed non-profit management. Today, though, as major societal challenges become everybody’s business, we’re seeing the reversal of this trend: companies are learning …