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September 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to LBG Canada!

Please join us in welcoming Emera and Tolko Industries Ltd. to LBG Canada!


Federal Government Seeks to Reinstate the Advocacy Role of Canadian Charities

In 2012, the federal government sought to limit the ability of charities to lobby government on public policy issues of importance to charitable mandates. While initially focused upon environment and human rights groups, the decision had an impact upon the entire sector.

In August 2018, the federal government stated its intent to reverse that decision, recognizing the important role that charities play in informing public policy decisions to be taken at all levels of government.

This is an important change for companies investing in communities, as companies are committed to the issues represented by their charitable partners. Companies are often well-positioned to share skills, knowledge and tools in support of charitable objectives as well as to bring greater attention to issues of charitable concern.

For more information on how this federal ruling is evolving, click here.


What Could Reconciliation Mean to You?

The Government of Canada has begun to consult with Indigenous groups across the country regarding the announcement of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a national statutory holiday to mark the painful legacy of Canada’s residential schools.

At June’s LBG Canada Western Conference, Kelly Lendsay of Indigenous Works spoke to your work as community investment professionals and how you can cement indigenous inclusion throughout your organizations; as well as, the role of community investment in corporate response to ACTION 92 of the Truth and Reconciliation Act.

What could Reconciliation mean to you as a community investment professional? 39% of LBG Canada companies are ready to benchmark their investments into Indigenous communities? Are you?

To view Kelly’s presentation from the conference, please click here.



Pro Bono & Skills Based Volunteering: What’s New, What’s Working

Volunteer Canada is launching a new webinar program for businesses on corporate citizenship.

Harnessing the talents of employees through Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteering has the potential to change community and the employees themselves. But how do companies ensure positive benefits for their non-profit partners and employees?

Volunteer Canada partners with LBG Associates and the LBG Research Institute to present trends, best practices and debates in Pro Bono/Skills-Based Volunteering; practices that address barriers to Pro Bono; and considerations for building your program for the best impact on non-profits and employees.

For more information, please click here.


3BL Media & GlobeScan Focus on Corporate Activism

3BL Media has partnered with GlobeScan to conduct the first Brands Taking Stands research study.

Participate by sharing your company’s approach to how and when to communicate about community investment and sustainability programs. Win a ticket to the 2018 Brands Taking Stands Conference in Washington DC. October 23-25, 2018.

Corporate responsibility and sustainability professionals are encouraged to participate to provide insights on how and when companies are communicating about their community investment and sustainability programs.

To learn more and participate in the study, please click here.


Grant Thornton Global CEO Appointed Chair of the Board for IMPACT2030

Join LBG Canada in congratulating Grant Thornton Global CEO, Peter Bodin, on his appointment to the Chair of the Board for IMPACT2030! The announcement was made at IMPACT2030’s Global Summit in New York.

IMPACT2030 is a private sector-led coalition which aims to direct the collective skills, experience and passion of corporate volunteers towards helping the United Nations achieve their Sustainable Development Goals. These Global Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. IMPACT2030 was founded in response to a UN resolution that called upon nations to engage with the private sector through the expansion of corporate volunteering and employee volunteer activities.

“I’m extremely excited and honored to join IMPACT2030 as Chair of the Board,” says Peter Bodin. “I’ve watched the initiative for some time and I have been impressed with the work that the organization has done to mobilize and activate employees globally around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”

“After spending 30 years in business, I truly believe that the private sector has a unique opportunity and genuine responsibility to help society make these Goals a reality. People are the private sector’s most valuable asset and by focusing them on the Sustainable Development Goals, we can help wider society make true progress towards a better and more sustainable future for all.”

To learn more, click here.



LBG Canada company Sherritt is a lead sponsor on a Hackathon for ideas on how to make the workplace more inclusive.

Sherritt is giving away $10,000 in partnership with Diversio to anyone with a great idea! Any country, any language, any idea, and they have committed to piloting one or some of these ideas at their own workplace.

Submit your idea to before September 24!


International Corner – Blending Capitals For Peace in Colombia

On August 14th, the Realized Worth Institute facilitated a conversation around interest in, and potential contributions towards, sustainable and inclusive projects in Colombia.

The focus of the conversation was on methodologies for bringing together blended financing with voluntary corporate human capital supported by blockchain technology.

To learn more and to access the recording, click here.


SROI Training – Canada

SROI Accreditation Training – Toronto – October 16-17, 2018. Register me!

SROI Accreditation Training – Calgary – November 6-7, 2018. Register me!

Introduction to SROI Training – Toronto – October 25, 2018. Register me!

Introduction to SROI Training – Calgary – November 15, 2018. Register me!




Important Dates

September 13, 2018 – The LBG Model & Impact Measurement Framework. Register me!

September 20, 2018 – Getting Started With LBG Canada. Register me!