CSR in Canada

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CSR in Canada

CSR in Canada is a subject as large as the country. Lorraine Smith, Director, SustainAbility, gives an overview of the big picture in a four-part interview. She describes how CSR plays out differently in the very different regions of Canada: Quebec, Ontario, and Vancouver. In Toronto, the city’s dominant financial sector leads the CSR dialogue. Quebec’s ties to Europe result in an idea-rich sustainability conversation that filters down to the consumer marketplace. Vancouver is the birthplace of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and the source of much activity by small- to medium-sized businesses. Smith points out that Canada’s economy is driven by natural resources—oil and gas, forests, minerals, and agricultural products—and discusses the implications of that raw materials economy on issues like land use, soil preservation, and water use. And she outlines how the growth in manufacturing in China has led to closer economic ties with Canada’s resource- and consumer-rich economy. 

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CSR in Canada, Part Four: Natural Resources Management
In “CSR in Canada, Part Four,” Lorraine Smith, Director, SustainAbility, describes the main business of Canada as exports of natural resources: oil, gas, minerals, timber, and agricultural products. This fact leads to a strong engagement with environmental issues such as land use, soil preservation, water use, and the effect of development on area surrounding communities. So the focus of...
Mar 27, 2012 5:45 PM ET
CSR in Canada, Part Three: Vancouver's Small Businesses
In “CSR in Canada, Part Three,” Lorraine Smith, Director, SustainAbility, highlights the role of the small businesses of Vancouver as a major driver for CSR throughout Canada. The environmental and social issues of British Columbia were adopted by the business community, creating a climate for the creation of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, founded in Vancouver in the 1990s. From...
Mar 20, 2012 4:15 PM ET
CSR in Canada, Part Two: Toronto’s Financial Sector vs. Quebec’s European Viewpoint
In “CSR in Canada, Part Two,” Lorraine Smith, Director, SustainAbility, discusses the very different attitudes and practices toward CSR between Toronto and Quebec. Canada’s five major banks, based in Toronto, anchor the corporate social responsibility dialogue in Ontario, with varying degrees of activity and leadership. In Quebec, the conversation is a collaboration with European organizations...
Mar 14, 2012 1:15 PM ET
CSR in Canada, Part 1: The Big Picture
In “CSR in Canada, Part One: The Big Picture,” Lorraine Smith, Director, SustainAbility, discusses differences in CSR attitudes between Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, and British Columbia. From Toronto’s large financial institutions to Vancouver’s small- and medium-sized businesses, from Calgary’s oil energy economy to Montreal’s European-style approach, variations in Canadian CSR are as varied as...
Mar 6, 2012 8:55 PM ET