Collaborating with the Competition
NBS invites you to our upcoming breakfast forum and workshop, Collaborating with the Competition, taking place on September 9, 2016 in Toronto.
On September 9, 2016, 40+ sustainability leaders, executives and NGO professionals met to discuss how to effectively collaborate with the competition.
Hot-button issues like safety, supplier compliance, and product stewardship involve many actors and significant investment.
How can businesses overcome such challenges?
Collaboration with the competition. This radical solution to complex, shared problems is already finding success in retail, banking, and extractive sectors.
Whether a competitor collaboration is structured as an industry association, roundtable, or non-profit, the early stages of a new relationship can provide more questions than answers:
- How much information should we share with our competitors?
- How do we implement collective decisions within each of our organizations?
What’s more, facilitating organizations (like industry associations) face challenges related to sustaining member engagement and achieving collective goals without sacrificing individual goals.
In this forum, Professor Lori DiVito shares insights from her new NBS study of eight competitor collaborations in Europe and Canada. She provides guidance for firms considering new forms of collaboration, or those seeking to do it better, with less risk and improved outcomes.
This session is most relevant for those who are or have been involved in a competitor collaboration.
Other relevant audiences include:
- Managers seeking to understand the benefits and challenges of collaborating with competitors; to make the case for competitor collaborations to colleagues or leaders; or, to raise the bar on current collaborations;
- Industry association staff seeking to support member firms with resources and training for effective industry collaborations; and,
- NGO staff seeking to initiate industry-wide changes.
Gord Lambert is the president and chief collaboration officer of GRL Collaboration for Sustainability Incorporated. After a 17-year career at Suncor, Lambert recently retired from his role as executive advisor, Sustainability and Innovation. Gord is also the Sustainability Executive-in-Residence (EIR), at Ivey Business School, Western University. He has 36 years of experience in the oil and gas sector and sustainable development strategy. He is widely known from his days at Suncor for his efforts to bring collaboration and a collective approach to the development of Canada’s resource sector, which resulted in the advancement of sustainability in the oil sands. He recently served as a member of the Alberta Climate Leadership Expert Panel that reported to the Premier and Environment Minister.