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 …

Finding Value in the Space Between Sectors

At each extreme of a pendulum’s swing, there’s a moment of pause. It’s the briefest possible moment of stasis, when movement halts, and all that’s left is potential. It’s mesmerizing to watch, trying to catch that moment before the pendulum falls again, and swings to its opposite extreme. It’s an apt metaphor for responsible business: If the business sector is set at one …

Side by Side: Meriko Kubota Joins the Junxion Team

This year I launched my own consultancy, Social Purpose Strategies, and in collaboration with Junxion I hope we will increase the number of organizations and individuals we can positively impact. I am incredibly excited about our collaboration and for the opportunity to share our knowledge to better serve our clients. I am most passionate about helping businesses develop their purpose. …

Turning Entrepreneurship Inside Out

For the last four years, I’ve had the pleasure of serving as an Entrepreneur in Residence at RADIUS, a social innovation lab and venture accelerator at Simon Fraser University. Like all entrepreneurs, RADIUS program participants face myriad challenges, but there’s one problem in particular that always piques my interest. In the first accelerator cohort, there was a young woman who …

Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

For decades, an ever-increasing number of business leaders have recognized their companies’ obligations to their employees, their communities, and the environment we all share. The transition to a clean, healthy, diverse 21st century economy has begun—but it’s not without its challenges. Unfortunately, here in Canada, debates about the validity and value of old economy projects have become highly adversarial and …

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) …