Centre for Corporate Sustainability
The Centre for Corporate Sustainability is dedicated to finding balance among economic development, social well-being and environmental protection. The development and dissemination of knowledge in sustainable approaches that have tangible planning and measurement metrics are at the core of the centre’s activities. To this end, the centre will endeavor to enable best practices that address the key business challenges faced by the Canadian energy sector, with special attention given to social and environmental issues. Some of the challenges that will be explored through the centre’s activities include:
- Effective aboriginal engagement.
- Establishing and maintaining a strong social license to operate.
- Developing effective policies on issues impacting the environment, society and economy.
- Delimiting financial and accounting structures related to measurement and disclosure of land, water, and air impact.
- Measuring and maintaining progress on carbon emissions and footprint.
- Effective development of corporate social responsibility.
The centre enables graduate student and faculty research in corporate sustainability, funds post-doctoral fellows, facilitates the ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar series, and the Enbridge Research in Action seminar series, bringing together researchers, practitioners and industry experts to discuss and disseminate leading-edge sustainability research.
The CCS seeks opportunities to bring together leading academics and industry experts in the field of sustainability from various institutions, organizations and government agencies to produce, translate and disseminate leading-edge research on triple-bottom-line initiatives. The CCS holds a minimum of four Research in Action seminars each year. These seminars are a mix of research and practitioner focused topics and speakers. The Centre plans to sponsor one visiting scholar per year who will engage in research on corporate sustainability practices. Each year, the CCS awards two Enbridge Sustainability Awards: one graduate student award for a student who has academically excelled in the study of sustainability or triple-bottom-line-reporting, and one undergraduate award for a student who has community-level achievement. The CCS will also establish partnerships within the business community to provide students with internship and research opportunities.
The Director is responsible for the overall strategic planning of the CCS. An External CCS Advisory Board of ten members provides guidance to the Director on the strategic vision, research, outreach, student support and funding-related activities. An Internal CCS Academic Advisory group oversees the business and strategic plans of the Centre, the allocation of research funding and the selection of winners for the Sustainability Awards.
David L. Milia