The GCNC has currently eight working groups, that aim to provide a forum where cross-sector and cross-industry representatives and other stakeholders can discuss, collaborate, and innovate on the most pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges in Canada and globally. All working groups are chaired by senior business leaders.
Long-termism vs. Short-termism: Understanding Long-Term Company Value
The focus of this working group is to discuss and define what it would take to shift to long-term thinking, the long-term value of a company, and if and how a shift to long-term thinking will benefit business, investors, pension plans etc. This Working Group is led by John Coyne, Vice President of Legal and External Affairs at Unilever Canada, and Norm Cote, Vice President of Client Services at Optimum Talent.
Participating Companies: Optimum Talent, Unilever Canada, Rowe School of Business, University of Guelph (College of Management and Economics), Teck Resources, Save the Children, Native American Resource Partners, BMO, Corporate Knights, and KPMG.
In a World of Transparency: How to Communicate the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The focus of this working group is to discuss and explore the responsibility of a company to communicate all aspects of its business. Most often, reporting focuses on highlighting the positives; however, this group builds upon this by discussing how business can also communicate not only the good but also the bad and utilize it as a point of improvement. This Working Group is led by Geoff de Bruijn, Vice President of Corporate Services and Sustainability at TELUS.
Participating Companies: Bell Canada, Enbridge, Scotiabank, TELUS, Barrick Gold, Teck Resources, Suncor, BMO.
Embedding the Ten Principles into the Supply Chain/Value Chain
Drawing upon the plethora of initiatives, codes, standards and tools developed in recent years, this Working Group was created to discuss and explore the responsibility of a company to consider and integrate the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into their supply chain and value chain management. The working group has published a Q&A document “Embedding the Ten Principles into Supply Chain Management: Reflections from the Global Compact Network Canada”. This working group is led by Jonathan Drimmer, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Barrick Gold Corp.
Participating Companies: Bell Canada, Barrick Gold, Scotiabank, O Trade, Teck Resources, Suncor, BMO, Save the Children, Enbridge.
Environment – Governance of Common Resources
This Working Group was created as an opportunity for Canadian businesses to discuss the governance of the commons. This Working Group was led by Stephanie Berger, Specialist in Corporate Responsibility and the Environment for Bell Canada. The working group has published a chapter, “Linking the Roadmap to the UNGC Environmental Principles” in the consensus document “Acting on Climate Change: Extending the Dialogue Among Canadians.”
Participating Companies: Bell Canada, Hudson’s Bay Company, Enbridge, Scotiabank, Brock University (Department of Accounting), Native American Resource Partners, KPMG.
Developing KPI’s for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
This working group put together a document, “Assurance of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights”. The purpose of this document is to assist with the assurance of the Voluntary Principles (VPs), the most widely adopted and respected set of security and human rights standards worldwide, and ensuring that these are being implemented in a manner consistent with the initiative. The Working Group led by Johnathan Drimmer, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Barrick Gold Corp will continue in 2016 in a broader way.
Participating Company: SNC Lavalin, O’Trade, Hudbay Minerals, EDC, Pacific Rubiales, Kinross Gold, Barrick Gold, Gabriel Resources, Goldcorp, Partnership Africa, Sherritt, Mining Association of Canada, Native American Resource Partners, Rio Tinto.
Designing an Anti-Corruption Compliance Program
This working group aims to recognize the UNGC’s Tenth Principle, Anti-Corruption, to aid Canadian companies in their efforts to develop internal compliance programs and internal controls. This working group has published an e-book, “Designing An Anti-Corruption Compliance Program: A Guide for Canadian Businesses”. The Working Group is led by Johnathan Drimmer, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Barrick Gold Corp.
Participating Companies: Barrick Gold, Kinross Gold, BDO, Export Development Canada (EDC), Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), Baker & Mckenzie, RCMP Canada, and the Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anti-corruption at the University of Ottawa (CCEAC).
The Canadian General Counsel Group (“GCG”)
This working group seeks to engage both the General Counsel and Board of Directors from well-respected global companies on (i) how GC’s can better leverage their positions to persuade/influence/sell the idea of the importance of the SDGs and the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, and (ii) incorporating these guidelines/goals within actionable/clear steps within the day-to-day operations/strategy. The Working Group is being led by Paul Greven, Chief General Counsel, JLL Canada, and are striving to prepare a publication with the title “Guide for General Counsel – Aligning with your Board of Directors”.
Participating Companies: Barrick Gold, Baker & Mckenzie, Nestle, and SNC-Lavalin
Sustainable Development Goals – Advancing the 2030 Agenda through Business Operations
This Working Group was introduced at the SDG Awards on June 10, 2016 and provides participants with an opportunity to discuss and explore the ways in which companies can advance the SDGs through their business operations and public-private partnerships.
Contact Us to Join a Working Group
If you are interested in joining one of the Working Groups listed above, please use the contact form below to contact the GCNC Team.