Past Events

Below is a list of our past events.

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10-Nov-2011 The Ethics of Pensions: Fulfilling Employers’ Obligation to their Retirees Jim Stanford, Economist, Canadian Auto Workers

Pension policy makers have debated the relative merits of public pensions, defined benefit pensions, and defined contribution pensions. Meanwhile, however, statistics show that the proportion of Canadian workers who receive any pension whatsoever from their employer has been declining steadily. Do employers have an ethical obligation to help provide for their workers after retirement? Or is labour just another "just in time" resource, to be purchased when necessary, and discarded when not. Jim Stanford will consider these issues -- both economic and ethical -- in mapping out the case for a more comprehensive and reliable pension system.

EVENT SPONSORED BY: Power Workers' Union

25-Oct-2011 Webinar on Comparative Study of 15 CSR Standards David Nitkin, President, EthicScan Canada Ltd.

Invitation: Please join us for a special EthicsCentre CA education program involving a review of recent research on CSR standards featuring a powerpoint presentation on the strengths and weakness of these standards. This online remote education webinar presentation by David Nitkin of EthicScan will consist of a PPT presentation followed by questions and answers.

Topic: In the spring of 2011, the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation commissioned EthicScan to examine and assess 15 global and national corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting and disclosure standards. This PowerPoint presentation captures in detail several of the strengths and weaknesses of these standards, many of which were designed for industry sectors with problem products or services. There have been many interesting and significant changes in standards over the last decade. You are invited to review the application lessons learned from this comparative research study, and have any of your individual questions answered.

Ordering of Individual Reports: Whether or not you participate in this webinar, you may want to look directly at the 15 reports themselves. Each detailed CSR standard report is 12-25 pages. Reports exist for GRI, CDP, Responsible Care, FSI, TSM, EITI, ISO 26000, the Equator Principles, Ceres, and six other standards. To access an electronic copy of any of the available reports through the EthicScan website, at any time, plug this address into your browser and look at the Standard Setting tab:
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12-Oct-2011 Responsible Development of Canada’s Oil Sands Bruce March, Chairman, President & CEO, Imperial Oil

Access to reliable and affordable sources of energy is critical to sustaining progress in this country and around the world. Bruce March will describe Imperial Oil's approach to the development of the oil sands, including the ways in which his company is striving to balance the economic, environmental and social issues that must be addressed as part of a responsible contribution to meeting global energy needs.


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20-Sep-2011 More than Mitigating Risk: The Future of Co-Creating Value with Stakeholders Tara Addis, Principal, Addis & Associates

Organizational Leaders are increasingly recognizing the important role stakeholder engagement plays in learning, innovation and risk mitigation. In order to be successful in today’s highly connected, complex world, organizations must work collaboratively across geographic, cultural, social and political boundaries.

In disciplines ranging from health and environment to education and finance, organizations are working with and through stakeholder networks to develop innovative and cost effective solutions to organizational and societal issues.

In this session with Tara Addis, we will explore leading edge thinking, strategies and tools that will help you take your stakeholder engagement to the next level.

Tara is a highly regarded stakeholder engagement consultant who has designed, developed and implemented award winning community engagement and communications programs. She has also worked with leading companies (e.g., AstraZeneca Canada, Ontario Power Authority, CAA, CN, RBC Financial, ING Canada and Sasktel) to create effective stakeholder engagement teams, policies and practices.

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26-May-2011 Trust in Transition - Earning Credibility in a Time of Suspicion John Dalla Costa, Centre for Ethical Orientation

For many reasons, Canada has become a "less trusting" society. Research shows that the long-term decline in public confidence towards companies and government institutions coincides with the uptake of governance, compliance and corporate social responsibility programs. What does this paradox reveal? Do managers really understand the roots for this epidemic of mistrust? And might this suspicion represent an opportunity beyond the obvious liability? Leading organizations around the world have been wrestling with these questions, and boards, CEOs and managers have begun to respond with exciting new initiatives for what can be called "collaborative-credibility." Business ethicist and writer John Dalla Costa will share the lessons from his latest research, and provide recommendations and tools for engaging these new terms of integrity.
11-May-2011 Credibility in Social Responsibility and Sustainability Performance Reporting Todd Hall, Director - Sustainable Development, Ontario Power Generation Inc. and Bob White, President, B.R.I. International Inc.

The following is a summary of the topics to be discussed in a one-hour dialogue on the various ways organizations can enhance the credibility of their reports and claims about social responsibility and sustainability.

1. Discussing why credibility is critical

2. Enhancing credibility through verification.

3. Assurance of claims of CSR performance using instruments such as GRI, AA1000AS, ISO 26000.

4. Establishing the value of reporting - issues related to the lack of 'Sustainability Reporting'.

5. Determining the ROI related to assurance.

6. Exploring verification options.

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28-Apr-2011 Responsibility to Protect - a Challenging Concept Madame Louise Fréchette, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation of Waterloo, Former Deputy Secretary-General of the UN

The situation in Libya has raised a fundamental question: how far should we go to protect civilian populations from the abuses of their own government? Evolving international law and the experience of the last 20 years provide some guidance but the international community is still debating what is the most appropriate answer. The issue will continue to be one the most difficult facing the United Nations.
05-Apr-2011 Conflict of Interest: What Is It and Why Does it Matter? Chris MacDonald, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics & Board Effectiveness, Rotman School of Management

Conflict of interest is a pervasive issue in modern business, politics, and professions. Yet few have a clear understanding of just what conflict of interest is, why it is important, and what to do about it. This presentation is aimed at providing an understanding of why conflict of interest is best seen as a matter of institutional, rather than personal, integrity, and at outlining concrete steps that individuals and organizations can take to avoid, and when necessary manage, conflicts of interest that arise.
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09-Mar-2011 Who's afraid of financial literacy? Ellen Roseman, Reporter, The Toronto Star

Canada is creating a national strategy on financial literacy, hoping to make individuals save and invest more and depend less on credit. Improved education can help, but it's not a panacea, especially when corporations don't behave responsibly.
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17-Feb-2011 Transparency & Reporting on Corporate Citizenship Alan Willis, President, Alan Willis & Associates and Lynn Patterson, Director, Corporate Responsibility, RBC

Transparency & Reporting on Corporate Citizenship

An overview of the current landscape of sustainability/corporate responsibility & citizenship reporting in Canada and elsewhere will be presented (including how many and which companies are providing such reports and why, what guidelines and standards exist to advance the reliability and usefulness of such reports, and current challenges and trends in such reporting). Participants will then gain insights into the corporate responsibility and sustainability reporting of a major Canadian financial institution. This will cover the continuing evolution of its reporting, the business case and strategic purpose , associated costs and benefits, the primary internal and external users of this reporting, the key information elements of the reports, use of the corporate website, the internal team and process for preparing these reports, and challenges encountered along the way and how these were overcome. Related themes will include integration of corporate responsibility and transparency values, policies and practices within a company's culture, strategy, operations, stakeholder engagement and other external disclosure processes.

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