Is Environmental Sustainability Unsustainable?

Sustainable development is about “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” So said Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway. Until the 1980s, business leaders used the word sustainability to mean a company’s ability to increase its earnings, steadily through time. It wasn’t until 1987 and the UN Brundtland Report …

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 …

Case Study | Grant Thornton

Coaching Grant Thornton’s sustainability team to collaborate toward a vibrant UK economy. With 4,500 people in the UK and 40,000 worldwide, Grant Thornton is one of the world’s largest business advisory and accounting firms. Their purpose is to help shape a vibrant economy, based on trust and integrity in markets, dynamic businesses, and communities where businesses and people can flourish.’ …

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 …

Standing Rock: The Ghost Dance for a New Way

The Dakota Access Pipeline began construction in June 2016. The 1,572 mile, 30 inch diameter pipeline will carry 470,000 barrels of domestically produced light sweet crude oil from North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. The pipeline’s original route ran north of Bismarck, ND but was repositioned to run north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation after white citizens cited concerns over the …

Social Venture Institute Impact Bio: Merissa Myles & Scott DiGuistini

Co-creators of Tree Island Yogurt, Merissa Myles and her husband Scott DiGuistini make grass-fed, artisan yogurt at their production plant in the Comox Valley, BC. They’ve earned a reputation as champions of the local food movement—while also shifting the thinking of farmers, retailers, and even the Ministry of Agriculture. Tree Island uses 100% fresh whole Canadian milk, and is committed …