Socially Responsible Business Practices

Socially Responsible Business Practices are discretionary business practices that a corporation adopts and conducts to support social causes, to improve community well-being, and/or to protect the environment. Key distinctions include a focus on activities that are discretionary, not those mandated by laws or regulatory agencies.

Examples include:

  • Samsung explores the love spectrum When Samsung Canada launched its Look at Me project three years ago, the objective was to learn about the autism community and spread the word about its tablet app designed to help children on the autism spectrum. But over the last two years, the company’s focus has shifted to raising awareness of the role technology ...
  • Hudson’s Bay’s Grand Portage Team Kicks Off Tour Across Canada in Victoria, British Columbia Hudson’s Bay to raise funds in support of Trans Canada Trail to connect The Great Trail in Celebration of Canada’s 150th Today, iconic Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay kicked off its summer-long Grand Portage adventure in Victoria, British Columbia. The day marked the first leg of the 66-day journey and began with the three-person Grand Portage team meeting ...
  • Purolator’s Tackle Hunger Recognizing that hunger is an important issue that affects Canadians across the country, Purolator is committed to helping alleviate hunger in the communities in which its employees live work and play. The Purolator Tackle Hunger® program works closely with employees, partners, agents, customers and food banks across Canada to collect donations and help raise awareness about ...
  • Sobey’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative Sobey’s issued a National Sustainable Seafood Policy in 2010 setting a 2013 goal of not selling any seafood species that have major sustainability issues unless its suppliers have science-based development plans and timetables for improvement.  It has pursued numerous initiatives on the supply and demand sides of this complex equations.  Among its consumer initiatives, the ...
  • Vancity Becomes Canada’s Largest Living Wage Employer In May 2011, Vancity became the largest organization in Canada to become a Living Wage Employer (in Vancouver that is $20.10 per hour vs. the minimum wage of $10.25).