Communicating the Principles for Responsible Banking

The Principles for Responsible Banking are one year old. Launched in September 2019 at the UN General Assembly in New York, the Principles are a unique framework for ensuring that signatory banks’ strategy and practice align with the vision society has set out for its future in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. What makes the …

Reflections of Our CEO: Leadership Lessons from a Global Pandemic

The view to my right, off the starboard side of a BC Ferry is magnificent. The ocean reflects the summer sky and is textured by the warm breeze. The distant mountains on the Sunshine Coast fade into the hazy distance, a towering reminder of the unceasing patience of nature. Despite my surroundings, a knot still sits at my solar plexus—a …

When Business Leaders Take a Stand

In a pull-no-punches series of tweets earlier this week, Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain excoriated the “narcissist in Washington” for starting a series of events that ended with Iranian missiles downing a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people on board, including the family of a Maple Leaf Foods employee. McCain’s stance was bold and unapologetic. But was it …

Confront the Skeptics: Getting Buy-in to Better Reporting

If you’re on a lonely road, trying to get senior leaders to make a greater commitment to accountability for impact, but nobody’s hopping on your bandwagon, we have good news! We’re with you. In service to those of you who have the inspiration, but not the authority, to take your organization in a more purposeful and accountable direction, this post …

Working to Purpose: Embracing Accountability

As business’s momentum to embrace social purpose continues to build, many leaders are keen to measure, confirm, and showcase the impact they’re making. This often starts with a deceptively simple question: Can you prove your claims? Do you have data that confirms your impact?   Telling a clear and compelling story about the impact and value of your work, backed …

Purpose and Accountability: The Carrot and Stick of Social Impact

Social entrepreneurs are about more than making money. We have loftier goals than mainstream, profit-maximizing business organizations—and that sense of purpose is powerful. New hires are attracted by purpose. Leading investors demand purpose. Purpose brings teams of diverse people together. It’s an essential part of leadership, culture, and storytelling, especially in times of crisis. Purpose sits at the heart of …