When the Going Gets Tough, Invest in Evaluation

As winter turns to spring, the charitable sector in Ontario is grappling with a new provincial budget that puts funding pressure on a range of public services and deepens the social deficit—the gap between what people need, and what charities and government services can provide. Many charities are already searching the landscape for new funding options, worried they will otherwise …

Case Study: UN Principles for Responsible Banking

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a strategic public-private partnership between UNEP and the global financial sector, with a mission to support sustainable finance. Junxion was engaged to develop the global communications strategy for their newly launched Principles for Responsible Banking. The UNEP FI brings together more than 230 financial institutions including banks, insurers and investors. …

Purpose Was Never the Whole Story

Among the major trends in business in 2018 was the call for companies to embrace social purpose. Starting with Larry Fink’s widely cited letter to CEOs, momentum built as educators, consultants and conveners leapt to position themselves as the thought leaders of ‘the purpose revolution.’ On January 4, 2019, just shy of a year since Fink published that letter, PhD …

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 …