The realization about the severity of the global climate crisis increases almost every day as a new climate event unfolds or statistics on the rate of global warming are published. The need for action is pressing, especially from the private sector, which is why reports like the 2020 Global 100 – an index of the most sustainable corporations in the world – are so important in helping determine which companies are taking responsibility and leading the charge in sustainability.
This year’s report reveals that 12 of the Global 100 are headquartered in Canada. Operating in sectors ranging from finance (Bank of Montreal, Sunlife Financial) to mining (Teck Resources) to communications (Telus, Cogeco), this list underscores the rising importance of sustainability in Canada’s private sector. Canada is also home to several incubators and accelerators that support sustainability start-ups. DMZ at Ryerson University is ranked as one of the top business incubators in the world and has raised over half a billion dollars in funding and incubated and accelerated nearly 500 companies in the past decade. MaRS, also located in Toronto, focuses on supporting businesses with a high social impact.
The federal government is also providing support, as part of its Sustainable Development Strategy for Canada, the Canadian government is pledging over $750 million CAD in federal investment in clean energy Research, Development and Demonstration by 2020. Canada’s public and private sector are clearly ready to invest and innovate in sustainability, making it an ideal career destination for those who want to contribute to finding a solution to climate change.
Toronto is an ideal location for CSE’s Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program, Leadership Edition 2020, April 23-24, 2020. This is CSE’s first Toronto training this year (October’s was sold out!).