How the Sustainable Development Goals make reports more meaningful

As the third and final piece in this series on sustainability reporting, Adam confesses to being a bit of a reporting geek. He appreciates a well-structured report that gives us a sense that the company really ‘means it’ when it comes to doing good, or at least doing less harm. The best reports transparently show what the company is focusing …

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 …

Catching a Runaway Train—Harnessing the Value of Vancouver’s Real Estate Development Boom

I’m getting priced out of living in Vancouver, along with most of my peers, and so naturally I’m interested in how the City redistributes the economic benefits of property development so that all citizens, and not just the owners and developers, share in the benefits. Vancouver is first among municipal governments in North America for the level of effort and …

Why didn’t Franklin just call an Uber?

In 1845, Captain Sir John Franklin set out from England with 129 men in two ships to traverse the Northwest Passage. Both ships got stuck in the ice and every single expedition member eventually died of scurvy, lead poisoning, starvation, or hypothermia. Over the last 40 years or so, a fairly comprehensive understanding of the expedition’s demise has emerged, and …

Vancouver Division of Family Practice

Promoting Family Practice Maternity Care through a Public Directory of Physicians and Pregnancy-Related Resources Junxion Strategy worked with a team of family doctors to design and publish a one-stop-shop website for pregnancy-related resources and information. The Business Challenge Province-wide, the share of births attended by family physicians (FPs) is in decline. If an ‘average member of the public’ were asked …

Is social entrepreneurship cannibalizing civic engagement?

Without making a deliberate effort to see beyond the role of “entrepreneur” and “enterprise,” do we lose sight of incredible opportunities to build strong communities, engaged constituencies, and networks of change makers that don’t have a profit motive or a revenue objective? This Fall I will be teaching a cohort of undergraduate and MBA students about social enterprises and social entrepreneurship. …