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Sustainability : A Guide for Companies Operating in Canada

The perspectives of the Canadian Ecosystem Institute on the trends, opportunities and steps to incorporate “Sustainability” into the DNA of your company.

Entrepreneurial innovators have continually attempted to address the growth and longevity of their enterprises as a means to maintain and expand their relevance within the marketplace.  Sustainable development was synonymous with strategies designed to grow a business at all cost.  In 1987, “Our common future”, the report of the Brundtland Commission issued by the United Nations proposed some new dimensions associated with sustainability.  In that report, sustainability and sustainable development were defined as the development which meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The 3 key dimensions imparted to sustainability, social, economic and environmental, are now widely accepted by governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. In 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, establishing 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Countries, private companies and non-governmental organizations alike have a role to play in delivering on this set of global sustainable goals designed to transform our world.  Translating this vision of shared action into reality means that we all need to know how our work relates to, and can achieve progress towards these global sustainable goals. This White Paper from the Canadian Ecosystem Institute will provide some guidance towards developing and implementing a sustainability strategy for your enterprise.

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