Designed with Impact in Mind: Business Practices that Create Economic Opportunity

By Brenna Atnikov

John Young on Aboriginal Affairs from Chris Hsiung on Vimeo. John is an Aboriginal & Stakehold Engagement Consultant.

Community Economic Development requires a ‘team’ approach. For CED to truly gain traction in Calgary, everyone and every sector needs to be playing together. Each sector has a role to play in poverty reduction in our city, because each has unique assets that can be leveraged that contribute to creating a city where people have what they need to live, and to live well.

At Thrive‘s most recent event, we got explore what role business can play.

Think for a moment about some common terms and concepts we are familiar with from the business world:
• Corporate social responsibility
• Community investment & Philanthropy
• Triple bottom line
• Innovation

All sound really good and really promising – but how do these business practices and values actually translate into something positive for people? And for the planet?

The Thrive community was fortunate to hear from three business leaders in Calgary – each from different parts of the sector (Oil & Gas, Credit Union and Cooperatives) – to talk about their experiences in incorporating community economic development into their business’ practices and how this has created opportunities for individuals living on low-income.

Dani DeBoice from First Calgary from Chris Hsiung on Vimeo. Dani is Manager of Corporate Citizenship with First Calgary Finanical.

Brad Clute on Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) from Chris Hsiung on Vimeo. Brad is Sustainability Coordinator with Mountain Equipment Coop.

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