How can businesses help citizens become informed, inspired and engaged in a national dialogue about sustainability?

Greater progress on sustainability is needed and can be achieved through civic dialogue. Business historically has played little role in civic dialogues, but can make a major contribution. Civic dialogue can be an important tool for business, creating business value and complementing other forms of public engagement, such as stakeholder engagement and multi-sector partnerships.

Civic dialogues are facilitated discussions that build broad-based consensus and commitment around issues that are complex and controversial. Dialogues can involve citizens, businesses, governments and other organizations. They represent democratic change, establishing a mandate for action through citizen involvement.


How to Engage in Civic Dialogue: A Best Practices Guide for Business

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Download(s): Best Practices Report

Solving sustainability problems nationally or globally requires broad social consensus on the nature of a sustainable society and how to bring it about. Governments and non-governmental… Read More

Civic Dialogues on Sustainability: A Business Briefing

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Download(s): Briefing Document

Solving sustainability challenges at any scale requires broad social consensus on the meaning of sustainability and how to achieve it. Without agreement about change, we can… Read More

A Dialogue about Sustainability in Canada’s Railway Sector

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Download(s): RAC Civic Dialogue Report

Railways are part of the Canadian identity. NBS civic dialogue research identified key issues for the Railway Association of Canada’s sustainability strategy.

Latin American B Corp Sustainability Challenges 2015

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Download(s): B Corp Report

To explore challenges facing B Corps, NBS gathered 22 Empresas B from Chile, Argentina and Colombia to form the first Latin American B Corp council.

The 7 Sustainability Opportunities for Canadian Business in 2015

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Download(s): 2015 Canadian Opportunities Report

This report signals a shift in our perception of the role sustainability plays in Canadian business.

Community Engagement Toolkit for Mining Companies

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Download(s): Community Engagement Guide

Want to reduce the social risk of your operations? Build relationships not transactions.

Civic Dialogue

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How to Launch a National Dialogue on Sustainability

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Last year, NBS’s Leadership Council asked: How can businesses help Canadians become informed, inspired and engaged in a national dialogue about sustainability? “Canada succeeded in… Read More