Browse our curated list of resources, thought leadership, and helpful frameworks.

ESG: Environment, Social, Governance

ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance dimensions in an organization. It’s a globally recognized framework that is used to develop responsible, accountable, and purpose driven business practice. Explore some of the foundational frameworks and approaches employed in ESG:

Societal Megatrends: A View Beyond the Horizon

10 societal megatrends impacting Canadian sectors, organizations, and communities, including shifting societal norms, climate change, decarbonization, future skills and work, and much more, from ESDC Canada

Sustainable Development Goals

17 goals that act as an urgent call for action by all organizations, and a great starting point for ESG strategies

Principles for Responsible Investing

Guidance to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors

From Aspirations to Action

Identify archetypes of response in ESG work, and how to address them, including denial, superficial responses, and full engagement, from MBR

Global Reporting Standards

Global best practice standards for impact reporting, and delivering transparency for organizational impacts on the economy, the environment, and people

Global Compact

A call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights

Infusing Purpose in Business

An article from Deloitte that makes the case for how purpose alignment in business creates value

Understanding Materiality

Learn more about what is material (or in other words relevant) in an ESG strategy

Businesses’ Cost to Society

A thought provoking read that explores the true costs of externalities in business, from WE Forum

The ABC’s of ESG

You asked, and we delivered an overview of ESG

ESG & Leadership

Listen to our podcast episode with The Humphrey Group sharing how to integrate ESG in your leadership.

3000 Year Old Solutions To Modern Day Problems

A message of leadership and hope from Indigenous communities who challenge an ESG way of living and conducting work, by Lyla June Johnson

Responsible Business Practices

Resources that build the soul of your business and reframe business as usual to adopt purpose driven, humanity and planet affirming practices.

Creating Shared Value

A Harvard Business Review article by Mark Kramer exploring groundbreaking redistributive approaches to doing business

Donut Economics

Offers a vision of what it means for humanity to thrive in the 21st century, by Kate Raworth

Migrant Worker Management Toolkit

A comprehensive global guide examining how to support Migrant Workers through safe and equitable workplaces, policy, and programs, from BSR

Responsible Leadership

A thought-provoking report on the five elements of responsible leadership needed to build a more sustainable and equitable world, by Accenture and Davos

Slavery Footprint

An interactive resource helping individuals and businesses consider their contribution to unethical supply chains and modern slavery, and how to make tangible changes

Adaptive Cycles

A thought tool modelled on ecological systems that focuses attention on processes of destruction and reorganization, which are often neglected in favor of growth and conservation, from The Resilience Alliance

Indigenous Allyship, De-Colonizing Practice, Cultural Safety

Allyship is about disrupting oppressive spaces by educating others on the realities and histories of marginalized people. Decolonization refers to the process of deconstructing colonial ideologies of the superiority and privilege of Western thought and approaches, and increasing the rights, sovereignty and systems of Indigenous people. Practicing cultural safety looks like contributing to environments that are spiritually, socially, psychologically, and physically safe for all people.

Indigenous Allyship

Printable resource from the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

Certified Indigenous-led online training offered through the BC Provincial Health Authority

Territorial Acknowledgements

Learn more about traditional Indigenous gathering protocols that honour and recognize the Indigenous peoples who have deep historical and significant ties to the lands where the gathering is taking place, developed by Len Pierre Consulting

Indigenous Canada Course

Free post-secondary online training offered through the University of Alberta

UNDRIP: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

Now adopted throughout Canada, UNDRIP is a framework that supports the individual and collective rights of Indigenous people

Indigenous Territorial and Language Finder

An interactive worldwide map identifying the Indigenous nations and languages present per territory by Native Land

Great Flood Story

Experience the Great Flood Story from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation)

Equity & Inclusion Glossary

A glossary of terms to build the foundation for racial equity in language and approach from UBC

Doctrine of Discovery/Terra Nullius

Understand the harmful frameworks used by Spain, Portugal, and England for the colonization of lands, including North America, from Indigenous Corporate Training

Critical Issues in Colonization

Learn more about residential schools, the Indian Act, the reserve system, and much more from the First Nations & Indigenous Studies School at UBC

Power Literacy and Stewardship

Power is our capacity to impact and influence our environment, and power literacy is our ability to identify it. Power expresses our purposefulness, wholeness, and agency. Without power, nothing can grow. There are two fundamental types of power we can choose to steward- domination, or control, people and things, and liberation — the ability to create what we want. Learn more below: 

10 Types of Power

Exploration of different forms of leadership power, or the influence that leaders have over their team members and communities, from Indeed

The Power Manual: How to Master Complex Power Dynamics

Explore getting out from under dominant power relations and mastering power dynamics, by Cyndi Suarez

Field Guide to Power Literacy

A beginner’s guide to democratize, decolonize and create
socially just design processes, by Maya Goodwill

Power: A User’s Guide

Ethical, authentic, and effective use of power is illuminated in this comprehensive book by Julie Diamond. Topics include developing external authority, navigating high-power roles and responsibilities, and finding personal power

Article: Why People in Power Do Stupid Things

A thought provoking article by Andrea Reimer on power that unpacks connection, harmonizing, and mirror neurons

Power Exercise: Playing with Status

An exercise that plays with status relationships through non-verbal behaviours, from Session Lab

Building Power Guide

Tools and processes for community visioning, campaign planning, power mapping and leadership development developed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander changemakers and facilitators

Power Exercise: Making Room

An insightful approach to observing power hierarchies, from Lee Maracle and written by Andrea Reimer

ESG Board Governance

The role of boards are evolving in today’s landscape, with higher demands on oversight, insight, and foresight. More than ever, boards must engage in an ever growing list of material topics in ESG, and plan for resilience in the short, medium, and long term future.

ESG & The Role of The Board

Review of ESG issues that can impact a company, the forces driving renewed focus on reporting and the complexities of current frameworks, the role of the board and questions directors should be asking themselves and their executive teams, from PwC

Long Term Boards in a Short Term World

Thought-provoking white paper on how a board sets the tone for long-term, ESG focused behaviours, from FCLT Global

Four Opportunities to Enhance ESG Oversight

Steps public company boards can take to strengthen their effectiveness and meet stakeholder expectations

Board Oversight: Key Focus Areas

A review of strategy and risk, corporate purpose and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters, human capital and workforce issues, shareholder engagement and activism, crisis management, board-management relationships and board culture, from Harvard Law School Forum

Trauma Informed Practice

Trauma is characterized when a group or an individual is confronted with a threat that overwhelms their coping resources, evoking responses of intense helplessness, distress, fear, and as discussed, isolation. Trauma informed practice is a strengths-based framework grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma. It emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for everyone, and creates opportunities for Survivors of trauma to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

BC Trauma Informed Practice Guide

A comprehensive guide on how to practically apply trauma informed practice, by The Centre for Excellence for Women’s Health

Decolonizing Trauma Work

Using stories and strategies that are grounded in Indigenous worldviews and embedded with cultural knowledge, Renee Linklater offers purposeful and practical methods to help individuals and communities that have experienced trauma

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

A compendium of resources, strategies, and free events addressing mental wellness in the workplace from Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

Self Compassion Series

Explore trauma informed practice on an individual level by exploring self-compassion, processing difficult emotions, and much more, from Dr. Kristin Neff

Coping & Grounding Worksheet

A helpful resource of coping and grounding techniques that can be employed when experiencing trauma activation, by Lisa M. Najavits

Trauma Informed Workplace Assessment

A free online assessment of organizational awareness and trauma informed practice, by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute

Disability Inclusion and Universal Design

Disability inclusion means that individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in every aspect of life to the fullest extent possible. It is important to note that one part of inclusion involves creating true accessibility through universal design, rather than simply providing accommodations. True accessibility means places, environments, and event are set up from the start to be accessible to all individuals.

Disability Inclusive Employer Assessment

Free, online assessment that unlocks customized recommendations and resources, by the President’s Group and The Open Door Group

For Employees-How to Disclose a Disability to an Employer (BC)

A legal guide for people with disabilities in British Columbia who are disclosing to their employer, from Disability Alliance BC

Universal Design: Learning Guidelines

A guide for educators, curriculum developers, researchers, parents, and anyone else who wants to implement a universal design framework in a learning environment, from UDL Guidelines

Top 12 Disability Inclusive Employer Practices

A practical starting point for organizations to integrate inclusive practices in day to day operations from Accessible Employers

Creating Accessible Zoom Meetings

How to engage Zoom’s features, including captioning, visual descriptions, and other accommodations, from Disability:IN

Diverse Suppliers: Discover Businesses Owned By Persons with Disabilities 

A market place to explore businesses owned by persons with disabilities in British Columbia from BC Marketplace

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