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Social Value Canada – August Newsletter

#SVM2020 Conference

COVID-19, the ongoing blight of inequality and racism and the urgent need for climate action have made it crystal clear: the time for change is now. The world is calling for new and better leadership and actions that truly acknowledge and value both people and our environment. ‘Wellbeing for all’ can no longer be a slogan, it is time to act.  Buy your #SVM2020 tickets now!

Social Value Canada welcomes Furniture Bank as an Organizational Member

Social Value Canada is thrilled to welcome Furniture Bank as the first organization to become a Social Value Canada member.

As an organizational member, Furniture Bank is building upon its commitment to drive sustainable change in the community. Furniture Bank’s membership to SVC will enable it to increase its brand and grows its network and partnerships across the country and internationally. SVC is committed to supporting Furniture Bank in promoting the Principles of Social Value, and to build a powerful movement of like-minded people to influence policy and purpose.

About Furniture Bank:

Since 1998, Furniture Bank has been matching unwanted furniture and homewares to individuals and families seeking to create a new home, transitioning out of homelessness or other forms of displacement.

While Furniture Bank clients may have secured affordable housing, these families lack the assets to transform their new housing into a home.

Joining Social Value Canada is a big milestone in Furniture Bank’s journey to clearly demonstrate both our social and environmental impacts to Canada! More importantly, joining this community will support improved program decision making, guide future improvements, and communicate clearly with external stakeholder groups
– Dan Kershaw, Executive Director, Furniture Bank

About Social Value Canada:

As part of the Social Value International Network, Social Value Canada believes that social value offers huge potential to help us change the way we understand the world around us and make decisions about where to invest resources. By changing the way we account for value, we believe that we will end up with a world with more equality and a more sustainable environment.

Our mission is to change the way society accounts for value through principles, practice, people and power.

If you would like to learn more about Social Value Canada, please contact Nikki Walton at Social Value Canada.

If you would like to get in touch with Furniture Bank, please contact: Dan Kershaw, Executive Director, Furniture bank.

Welcome Furniture Bank!


Sustainability Advantage

An excellent read on bold actions. Read Sustainability Advantage’s white paper “7 Bold Strokes to Save our World.” Bob Willard’s 7 Bold Strokes include:

  1. Replace the GDP with an SDG-based GPI for government.
  2. Mandate a multi-stakeholder wellbeing purpose for all corporations
  3. Implement SDG-based sustainable procurement
  4. Implement a fair and consistent global tax system
  5. Ensure gender equality in public and private sector leadership positions
  6. Implement a Green New Deal
  7. Reform the banking and securities systems
Read the paper here.



Globescan/SustainAbility Leader’s Survey



The 2020 Globescan/SustainAbility Leader’s Survey. This annual survey on sustainability leadership explores progress institutions have made since the 1992 Earth Summit. Learn more here