Rise Consulting joins CBSR to Deepen ESG Expertise

May 25, 2021

CBSR is pleased to welcome Rise as a new CBSR SME Cohort member. Rise is committed to support the rising presence of Indigenous Peoples through the creation of shared value between Indigenous and corporate communities. Rise supports the advancement of reconciliation and Indigenous inclusion in Canada with a focus on leadership, community relations, economic development; diversity, equity and inclusion; environment, social and governance (ESG); and regulatory management services.
CBSR is thrilled to work with Rise and its Principal, Annie Korver as the consulting company deepens its ESG expertise and better supports its clients.

Learn more about Rise: http://www.riseconsultingltd.ca/

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New SME Member Equifruit Secures Longo’s as First Retailer in North America to Offer Exclusively Fairtrade Bananas

May 6, 2021















May is Fairtrade month in Canada so it is fitting that we announce not only that Equifruit has become a CBSR but also that their new partner – Longo’s has become the first grocery retailer in North America to commit to offering only Fairtrade bananas across their 36 stores and delivery on Grocery Gateway. The landmark decision sets a new standard for sustainable produce supply chains in North America.

“Fairtrade standards provide essential income stability to banana farmers working in an otherwise highly volatile market and empower them to invest in their communities,” said Jennie Coleman, President of Equifruit. “Fairtrade purchasing is the most pragmatic approach to ensuring these communities continue to develop and provide the world with its favourite staple fruit.”
Equifruit is a group of diehard believers in ethical fruit sourcing. Especially when it comes to bananas. They are righting the wrongs of banana business history by making it fair from the start, especially for farmers. Established in 2006, Equifruit is Canada’s leading Fairtrade-certified banana importer. They currently distribute in Quebec and Ontario but stay tuned for Equifruit’s worldwide Fairtrade banana domination as they are expanding rapidly across North America.
Learn more about the positive impacts of Fairtrade banana production on Equifruit’s website.
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Long-time CBSR member Maple Leaf Foods has fully embraced the sustainable transition through its vision of becoming the most sustainable protein company on earth.

April 16, 2021

Maple Leaf has gone beyond its peers by integrating sustainability into every aspect of its operations, from waste and water management systems, to packaging and product offering. Maple Leaf has even elevated its entire supply chain by ensuring that its suppliers and partners operate in a way that aligns with the company’s ambitious sustainability standard. Learn from leaders like Maple Leaf – join the CBSR community today.

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