Many benefits of sustainability

May 23, 2013

Making a Difference

I recently had the good fortune to be invited to speak at the Toronto Sustainability Speakers Series with former Mayor David Miller on the topic of cities and climate change.

I now receive their e-news and noticed an upcoming conversation on How a Culture of Innovation Drives Sustainability.

This reminded me of a recent conversation with Barbara Turley-McIntyre from The Co-operators.  She noted how their sustainability program had created a new culture of innovation amongst their employees.  The Co-operators was recently ranked the most sustainable co-operative in the world by Corporate Knights.

The Co-operators uses the Global Reporting Index (GRI) to report on their sustainability performance.  I just received a copy of their sustainability report.  There is only one other company that I am aware of in Guelph who also uses the GRI and that is Guelph Hydro Inc.  GHI is known in the electricity sector as an innovator and their annual sustainability report will be released in the next few weeks.

Congratulations to these two corporate leaders who help define our identity as a community.




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An unwavering change maker seeking a just, democratic and sustainable world.

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