Announcing a Call for Expressions of Interest in the Low Carbon Business Action Initiative
July 5, 2021
The race to net zero is on! Are you looking for out-of-the-box low-carbon and circular-economy solutions to support your emission reduction targets? If the answer is yes, we’d like to invite you to take part in a custom challenge-pitch process hosted by the Low Carbon Business Action (LCBA) initiative, funded by the European Union.
Defining pathways to achieve your emission reduction target — as well as researching, identifying and connecting with cleantech suppliers — can be time and resource-intensive. This project offers a unique opportunity for Canadian corporations to leverage the expertise of some of North America’s most well-known sustainability and cleantech experts – at no cost. As part of the free package, you will also receive:
- Complimentary innovation challenge definition and promotion: We would work with you to understand your pain points and solution needs and distill them into a specific innovation challenge statement. We would then promote the challenge to proven European solution providers.
- Complimentary identification of European SMEs & technologies relevant to your interests: Following your review and selection, we would arrange for up to four companies to present on and answer questions about their solutions.
- Complimentary brand visibility: Your challenge will be promoted on the lcbacanada.com website and through the EU network partners, offering strong complimentary brand visibility
- Complimentary participation in high-profile Canadian events: Pitches take place in the context of events such as GLOBE FORUM, the World Circular Economy Forum and other prominent industry events designed to accelerate the transition towards a low carbon and circular economy. Your participation in the LCBA initiative provides you complimentary participation.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by participating.
- We will need a time commitment of between a ½ day to 3 business days to:
- Support the definition of the innovation challenge statement
- Review the applications received (usually up to 10) and select the top solution providers of interest (up to 4)
- Participate in a 1hr public pitch event in September
- Meet one-on-one with EU SMEs of interest
- Provide an update to the LCBA project team
Eligible Challenge topics are broad and can cover a wide variety of areas. Examples include, but are certainly not limited to: Energy efficiency, alternative energy, emission monitoring, CCUS, electrification, renewable/compostable packaging
Leading Sustainability Association Launches Canada’s First-ever Net-zero Leaderboard
June 18, 2021
For Immediate Release
OTTAWA, June 18, 2021 – Today, CBSR launched Canada’s Net-zero Leaderboard, which provides information on climate change commitments made by Canadian companies. Business leadership is essential if Canada is going to meet its legislated net-zero goals by 2050. By providing a one-stop-shop for information on climate targets, the leaderboard will inspire companies to join the race to net zero. It will also kickstart an important conversation about closing the gap between ambition and action, and about standardizing language for climate targets.
Canada’s Net-zero Leaderboard will be publicly accessible and allow people to search across a number of criteria, including:
- Targets and timeframes
- Emission scopes included in the target, i.e., Scope 1, 2 and/or 3
- Interim targets
- Whether the goal is aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative
- Whether the company intends to use offsets to meet its target
CBSR and Delphi experts will regularly update Canada’s Net-zero Leaderboard so that it is as comprehensive as possible. As scrutiny around what constitutes a robust net-zero target continues to increase, CBSR will also look to expand the scope of information that is being tracked.
Canada’s Net-zero Leaderboard is part of a suite of tools, events and services that CBSR and its sister organizations are providing to increase ambition on the road to net zero by 2050. These include GLOBE’s Destination Net Zero-themed event series, culminating in GLOBE Forum in Vancouver in February 2022; two CBSR working groups, one focused on developing targets and the other on achieving them; Delphi’s advisory services on developing, executing and communicating rigorous net-zero strategies; and Leading Change Canada’s curated conversations between young sustainability leaders and executives.
“Canadian business leadership on reducing emissions will help us transform our economy and ensure Canada remains competitive on the global stage. Setting a target is a critical step on the road to net zero, and setting up a one-stop-shop for information will showcase and accelerate Canadian leadership. We’re looking forward to working with companies from across Canada to close the gap between ambition and action.”
Ted Ferguson, Managing Director, CBSR, and Chief Sustainability Officer for the group of organizations that includes CBSR, The Delphi Group, GLOBE Series, and Leading Change Canada
“As the world’s first major carbon-neutral food company, we believe we can go further, faster together. Maple Leaf Foods is delighted to support Canada’s Net-zero Leaderboard as it is a central platform for advancing important conversations about Canadian corporate climate ambition and action.”
Tim Faveri, Vice President, Sustainability & Shared Value, Maple Leaf Foods
“As a leading Canadian business in responding to climate change, Bell welcomes the launch of Canada’s Net-zero Leaderboard and the opportunity to engage other Canadian companies on the road to net zero. We are proud to be the first communications company in North America to have its energy management system certified to the ISO 50001 standard. Building on that foundation, we are now committed to set a SBTi approved absolute greenhouse gas reduction goal in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C aim by 2030, with an interim target to be carbon neutral for our operations starting in 2025. As we work toward achieving our targets, Canada’s Net-zero Leaderboard will be an essential engagement tool for collective progress.”
Marc Duchesne, Vice President, Corporate Security & Responsibility, Bell
“At Enbridge, we’re committed to delivering the energy mix of today and tomorrow, building a bridge to our energy future as we focus on achieving company-wide net-zero emissions by 2050. Setting GHG emissions targets and investing in innovation across the entire energy system will help us contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable future. We believe the Net-zero Leaderboard is a critical platform for sharing key information on these targets across sectors.”
Pete Sheffield, Enbridge’s Chief Sustainability Officer
About our group of organizations
CBSR is an independent not-for-profit professional association that connects and empowers Canadian companies to advance social and environmental leadership. CBSR is part of a group of organizations that includes GLOBE Series, The Delphi Group, and Leading Change Canada. Together, we work towards a common purpose: to achieve a sustainable, prosperous and socially just future in a generation. We provide services and platforms that empower business, government and youth to improve performance while accelerating the clean economy.
Alex Carr | Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Annie Korver, Principal with Rise Consulting Elected to CBSR Board
June 8, 2021
Indigenous Inclusion Practitioner Elected to CBSR Board of Directors
Annie Korver, Principal with Rise Consulting Ltd. was elected to the Board of Directors during the recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) of 50 company members of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR).
“I am excited to be joining the Board and am grateful for the reciprocity I have already experienced;” said Annie. “Colleagues are reaching out to learn more about reconciliation, while offering so much toward my ESG learning journey.”
Annie brings with her valuable relationships and experience gained through her work to advance Indigenous inclusion with a focus on economic development. She also serves as a volunteer on the Board of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, serves as a Director on the Board with Shared Value Solutions, and her company, Rise, has been an active member of CBSR’s new small and medium enterprise (SME) cohort program.
Ted Ferguson, Chief Sustainability Officer with The Delphi Group and GLOBE Series was also elected to the Board. He was previously elected to the CBSR Education Foundation Board and has been acting as CBSR’s Managing Director for the past several months.
Ted said, “joining the Board is a significant step in the deepening partnership between CBSR and the constellation of The Delphi Group, GLOBE Series, EXCEL Partnership, and Leading Change.”
Annie and Ted join the CBSR Board, which includes Chris Coulter, CEO of GlobeScan and Chair of the Board Geoff Pegg, Director of Sustainability & Environment at TELUS; Amy Sandhu, Head of Sustainability & Government Relations at BASF Canada; Nadine Gudz, VP of the Academy for Sustainable Innovation; and Jason Clark, Director of Policy & Government Relations for Clean Prosperity; as well as Eric Saarvala, Founder & Principal of Impactalyst Consulting, who sits on the CBSR Education Foundation Board.
Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) is Canada’s leading network for business as a force for good. For two and a half decades, CBSR has supported sustainable business in Canada by offering companies tools, insights and a platform to share information and engage with other businesses, NGOs and governments on best practices and opportunities for collaboration. CBSR membership includes 50 leading companies from across the country, representing all sectors of the economy. Our vision is to build a community of more than 100 companies that are committed to responsible business practices and help build a sustainable, prosperous and socially just future in a generation.