Upcoming interviews with Ray Anderson and John Ruggie

I’m writing this from a hotel in Toronto.

I’ve been offered the chance to share my views on how CR is progressing in the UK and Europe on a panel session tomorrow with a bunch of Canadian CEOs and CR big-wigs.

It’s an impressive speaker list pulled together by the friendly, humble and effective folks at CBSR, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. They’ve done a great job over the years.

Take a look at the agenda here. Some excellent speakers.

Tomorrow I have privilege of interviewing Ray Anderson of Interface and John Ruggie of Harvard, who is leading the UN’s work on business and human rights.

I’ll also be speaking with a number of other CEOs and leaders in Canadian CSR. I’m looking forward to it.

I’m always impressed when I meet Canadian business leaders and others from the country who work in CSR.

There’s a humility about their attitude, usually matched by an impressive grasp of the issues and a keen desire to get things done in a practical, no-nonsense way.

I’ve interviewed/met the CEOs of BC Hydro, Molson Coors, Wayne Dunn of Clark Sustainable Development Resources (a very cool mining/logging firm) and also Joe Clark, the former prime minister here, over the last few years. I’ve been deeply impressed by them all.

They were a refreshing change from the relentless PR of UK and American business.

I’m looking forward to the conference tomorrow.

Podcasts with Ray Anderson and John Ruggie, at least, will be posted on the Ethical Corporation podcasts page next week.

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