Social Purpose Partnership

The Burnaby Board of Trade and Social Purpose Institute

 Growing Business for Good

A New Approach to Economic Development

The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT)and the Social Purpose Institute (SPI) have entered a unique and strategic partnership to make Burnaby the center of excellence for the growth and development of social purpose led organizations in Burnaby.

This marks the first-ever partnership between a chamber of commerce to promote Social Purpose in business and opens the door to an acceleration of the movement and adoption of social purpose practices within Burnaby.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Social Purpose Institute,” said Paul Holden, President and CEO of the Burnaby Board of Trade. “Helping Burnaby’s businesses embed social purpose into their business model will be a game changer that will drive social and business innovation, and position Burnaby as the centre of business leadership. I’m excited to see where this takes our community.”

The Burnaby Board of Trade has long been a leader of social, economic and environmental sustainability and this partnership signals the next step in integrating purposeful leadership into the DNA of Burnaby’s business community.

“The BBOT and the SPI is hitting the ground running in 2020,” said Michael McKnight, President and CEO of United Way of the Lower Mainland. “This partnership aims at developing an outreach strategy to involve more Burnaby-based businesses in the work of SPI, including leadership sessions, workshops, and the possibility of a “Social Purpose Innovators” cohort exclusive to Burnaby businesses. This is just the beginning of an amazing journey in purpose. We are at the leading edge of a movement that is prime to explode with enthusiasm from all corners of the business world.”

The Social Purpose Institute, located in Burnaby,  and the BBOT have had a longstanding relationship and this partnership offers the opportunity to incubate and grow social purpose as a growing business trend where companies define their reason for being in social terms and place social purpose at the core of their operations, offering them competitive advantage and building shareholder value.

With Burnaby businesses representing the largest cohort of participating businesses, this collaboration offers Burnaby the opportunity to define and grow social purpose excellence, and help grow the social purpose led economy in Canada and beyond.

“As a proud member of the Burnaby business community, we are very excited to see the BBOT partnering with Social Purpose Institute. The BBOT has played and continues to play an important role in helping local businesses adopt socially and environmentally progressive business practices. This initiative is another way the BBOT can bring businesses together and help them succeed in the long term, building a stronger community in the process. We look forward to supporting this work through our association with both organizations.” says Richard Kouwenhoven, President and COO, Hemlock Printers

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