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Business for Social Responsibility
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) is a membership organization for companies seeking to sustain their commercial success in ways that demonstrate respect for ethical values, people, communities, and the environment. BSR is one of the most respected sources for information on green and responsible business practices. This site contains information on corporate social responsibility, business ethics, community involvement, community economic development, the market place, the workplace, governance and many other related issues. They offer global resources and membership information to members, and a free email newsletter to any subscriber.

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility: it's a term you'll be hearing more and more of in the next few years. Beyond the typical greenwashing that has occurred in the marketplace the last few years, CSR encompasses a company's commitment to operate in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner, while acknowledging the interests of a variety of stakeholders. CSR is determined by an organization's policy and continuous action in such areas as employee relations, diversity, community development, environment, international relationships, marketplace practices, fiscal responsibility and accountability. On an international level, CSR is rapidly growing among leading corporations. Many governments are beginning to support socially responsible business practices as a result of the strong business case for CSR and pressure from investors, customers, suppliers, employees, communities and activist organisations.

Here's a list of 10 steps your business can take to become a CSR company:

1. Involve employees in decision-making.
2. Create opportunities for employee ownership and profit sharing.
3. Promote from within and institute fair and open performance management practices.
4. Develop an employee volunteer program.
5. Practice the 3 R's - reduce, reuse and recycle.
6. Develop an ethical purchasing policy.
7. Donate 1% of pre-tax profits back to the community.
8. Work in partnership with community groups to achieve mutual goals.
9. Audit social and environmental performance.
10. Be profitable!

Canadian Environment Industry Association
This site is the home for CEIA ­ the BC Chapter. It contains information on CEIA, current global news on the environmental industry, and a range of services for CEIA members. CEIA BC is a voluntary non-profit business association whose members provide a variety of products and services affecting the environment. Their missiong is to represent and promote the business and professional interests of the British Columbia environment industry in a manner consistent with the objects of the Canadian Environment Industry Association. CEIA provides a forum for exchanging information in the environment industry, promotes research and training, develops standards and advises government on environmental problems and regulation.

Centre for Small Business and the Environment
This site provides a range of information on greening a small business. It is supported by the Tides Foundation. It outlines key ways small businesses can and are profiting from implementing green strategies.

Climate Neutral Network
The Climate Neutral Network is an alliance of companies and other organizations committed to developing products and enterprises that eliminate their impacts on the earth's climate. The Network's mission is to support the development of profitable Climate Neutral innovations and partnerships and to create a new marketplace in which sustainability considerations are a valuable part of consumer and company purchasing decisions. Through the Climate Neutral Network, forward-thinking companies can obtain information to assist them in creating Climate Neutral products and enterprises. The Network's design principles -- drafted in consultation with leading environmental groups such as NRDC, the Nature Conservancy and Rocky Mountain Institute -- can help companies develop a portfolio of projects that are both scientifically sound, highly credible, and merit broad stakeholder support.

Coalition of Environmentally Responsible Economies
Ceres Network Coalition is a U.S. coalition of environmental, investor, and advocacy groups working together for a sustainable future by endorsing and pursuing the CERES Principles, a ten-point code of environmental conduct. CERES also promotes environmental auditing and reporting for all businesses.

This site contains extensive information on paper. Conservatree is a nonprofit advocate for ecologically sustainable paper markets, combining environmental commitment with paper industry and technical savvy to provide practical tools and realistic strategies for successful conversion to environmentally sound papers. Conservatree used to be a paper distribution company but now offers information and some consulting services in addition. The site contains excellent information on all aspects of the paper industry.

Design for Environment Guide
This is an excellent Canadian site that addresses the Design for Environment approach NRCAN is promoting. DfE offers businesses opportunity to enhance environmental performance, while simultaneously improving their bottom line. DfE can also provide a means for establishing a long-term strategic vision of a company's future products and operations. In general, DfE is an enabling force to shape more sustainable patterns of production and consumption. The site offers information, databases, and a step by step approach to designing for the environment.

EMAS Toolkit for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
The EMAS Tool Kit for SMEs brings together a set of tools proven effective in helping small companies introduce an environmental management system and attain EMAS registration. It is the result of co-operation among 14 European organisations which have experience in working with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and in implementing environmental management. It offers a toolkit, case studies, downloads, and advice on financing.

Environmental Management Accounting
This website is intended to be a source of comprehensive information on Environmental Management Accounting (EMA) for the international community. An initiative of the new EMA Research and Information Center (EMARIC), this website will undergo a continuous process of updating and improvement as additional EMA information is added and new features are developed.

LIBRARY-- The most important element of the website is the Searchable library currently containing over 170 annotated entries (75 available for immediate download), including books, reports, journal articles, training materials, case studies. All items selected to ensure relevancy to EMA.

Ethical Funds
<--OLD:> into the investment decision-making process. Socially responsible investors link financial and social goals, striving to deploy investment capital in a manner that is consistent with the needs of society and the limits of ecosystems. This site offers a wide range of information on the Ethical Funds group that offers a range of funds that meet social and environmental criteria.

Innovest Stategic Value Advisors
This site is from Innovest, an investment company and the brainchild of Mathew Kiernan, one of the brightest lights in the strategy/ finance/ sustainability game and the company's proprietary eco-value rating scheme is one of the few models that withstands scrutiny. This is one of the best sites to understand the relationship between environmental performance and financial performance.

SAGE - Solvents Alternative Guide
Don't be put off by the name of this site / organization. This American organization's site contains an enormous amount of information about a very wide range of materials - not just solvents. It has a searchable database that contains information on material's physical properties, coatings, cleanliness requirements, and process information, so you can find environmentally benign alternatives for materials. It also has a good links page.

Social Investment Forum
The Social Investment Forum is an American website that offers comprehensive information, contacts & resources on socially responsible investing. It includes reports, studies, investment tracking, links to related sites, and access to credible investment advisors. It also includes a valuable search tool and extensive data bases on banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions that are investing in a responsible manner. It also tracks and introduces a range of socially responsible mutual funds and releases key research into successful responsible investment strategies that were given the Moskowitz Prize.

Social Investment Organization (SIO)
This is the home of the SIO, and includes a range of information on socially-conscious investing. Socially responsible investing is the application of peoples' values to their investments. It includes all the financial decision-making processes that are a part of a prudent investment management approach, but it also includes the selection and management of investments based on peoples' ethical, moral, social or environmental concerns. In Canada, assets of socially responsible investments totaled nearly $50 billion by June 30, 2000. This site includes a wide range of information on positive and negative investment screening, community investing and shareholder advocacy. It also includes a list of socially-responsible investment advisors in provinces in Canada.

Total Value CreationŽ Website
Total value creation is an ambitious research effort co-sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) that is trying to unlock the contribution non-financial performance measurement (stakeholder relations, environmental excellence, etc.) The research has merit and it's a credit to the accounting profession that they're spearheading this effort.

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