Business of Good

Dec 22, 2020
In times of crisis, having a social purpose for your business is more important than ever
Mary Ellen Schaafsma

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough for local businesses, but it’s also reminded them what really matters. “Social purpose during these times is not a distraction,” says Hugh Jones, VP operations at Vancouver-based Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing. “It helps us to focus on what’s important and how the business should align itself as we scale up again.” Here in B.C. and around the world, companies are redefining their role by fostering business and societal success. They’re embracing a social purpose...

Nov 30, 2020
B.C. company Santevia makes safe water for life its Giving Tuesday goal
Nick Rockel

For small businesses that want to make a social impact, Yvonne Anderson has one piece of advice: Get started. “Everybody waits, thinking, Oh, when I get a bit bigger, when I get this, when I do that, I will start,” says the co-founder and CEO of Santevia Water Systems. “No. Start now, no matter what your budget is.” Anderson and her husband, David, did just that when they founded Delta-based Santevia in 2008...

Nov 26, 2020
It’s a Good Thing: Vancouver nonprofit aims to alleviate seniors’ technological isolation
Matt O'Grady

Living in the Age of COVID has taught us different lessons. For some, it’s been a lesson in how to rethink the way we work; for others, it’s about learning to live in a world of heightened biosecurity. But surely...

Nov 2, 2020
Gifted for Life
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + Community Partners In 1943, the Vancouver Foundation received its first gift–$1,000 from Alice McKay, saved from her secretarial job. That was the beginning of an endowment fund that has supported countless charities in British Columbia thanks to individual and corporate generosity...

Oct 22, 2020
The 2021 Business of Good Awards are open for nominations

BCBusiness is on a mission to recognize the companies in our province that turn the principles of social responsibility into action. For these organizations, a good relationship with employees, the community and the environment is embedded in their culture. The Business of Good program is a chance to show off the steps your company is taking to make British Columbia a better place to live, work and play. The winners, chosen by a panel of judges and our editorial team, will be...

Oct 6, 2020
Pioneering social entrepreneurs’ group with B.C. roots turns 25
By the Editors

What do B.C., Alberta and California have in common? No, that isn’t a joke. The answer is Social Venture Institute (SVI), which describes itself as a network of business leaders who are dedicated to making a positive social and environmental impact.

Oct 6, 2020
What can bosses do to keep workplace culture strong during COVID?
Nathan Caddell

Right before the world shut down, BCBusiness held its inaugural Business of Good Awards, seeking to honour organizations that turn the social principles of responsibility into action. Garth Taylor took the stage that night to receive the Workplace Wellness award...

Sep 28, 2020
Canadian tech companies follow Unbounce’s lead toward equal pay
Nathan Caddell

Today, a host of Canadian tech leaders announced their intention to join forces by signing a pledge to prioritize gender pay equality. The Pay Up for Progress initiative is the brainchild of Vancouver-based landing page creator Unbounce, which recently analyzed its own...

Sep 10, 2020
Want to become a B Corp? 12 tips to improve your chances
Nick Rockel

Bethany McNeill does things differently in her industry, and now she has a shiny new credential to prove it. Last month, McNeill’s MB Pension and Benefits Group became the fourth insurance brokerage in Canada—and the only one entirely owned and operated...

Sep 1, 2020
It's a Good Thing: Autism creates some challenges for employment, but also some opportunities
Matt O'Grady

Awareness about autism—and the range of conditions that fall under its umbrella—is a relatively recent thing. The word first appeared in 1938, when Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger used it to describe a pattern of developmental behaviour in children—posthumously referred to...

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