Social Purpose Partnership

Growing Business for Good in Burnaby

A New Approach to Economic Development


The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) the Social Purpose Institute at United Way (SPI) and the City of Burnaby have entered  a strategic partnership to 
make Burnaby a hub for the growth and acceleration of social purpose led organizations.

This marks the first-ever tripartite partnership between a chamber of commerce, a municipal government and the Social Purpose Institute and opens the door to an acceleration of the movement and adoption of social purpose practices within Burnaby.

What is social purpose?

Social purpose is an emerging trend in business – where companies define their reason for being in social terms, and place it at the core of their operations so it becomes the engine that powers the business and contributes to a better world.

It gives companies a competitive advantage, helps them navigate turbulent times, and creates new opportunities for maximizing profits and building shareholder value.

Burnaby-based Social Purpose Businesses

Burnaby Board of Trade members represent the largest cohort of businesses:

  • Chandos Construction
    Hemlock Printers
    ABC Recycling
    Return-it
    Traction on Demand

Social Purpose Success Stories

BBOT Members Define and Articulate Social Purpose
Chandos Construction: A Social Purpose Organization
Chandos Construction Launches Social Purpose “Building Good” Podcast with Tim Coldwell and Jen Hancock – Click here to access library.

Hemlock Printers
Hemlock Printers is Western Canada’s largest commercial printer offering digital, offset, display signage, mailing, warehousing, fulfillment, and distribution services. It adopted its social purpose in 2018. Hemlock’s leadership chose to do so to focus on the company’s future, to secure the founder’s vision for the company, and to connect all of the sustainability initiatives it had underway so that it could act cohesively and decisively in a changing market. See Case Study.

RESOURCES | Your social purpose journey starts here.

Social Purpose Innovators

Social Purpose Innovators is a unique program developed by the Social Purpose Institute at United Way to help businesses uncover or refine their core societal reason for being. It is an interactive, cohort-based experience that is designed to guide companies through the journey of determining and articulating their best-fit Social Purpose. The Innovators Lab sessions run as a 12-month peer collaboration of 8 to 10 like-minded, values-based businesses. Here, participants work with each other and expert facilitators through a proven process of research and ideation to develop the company’s enduring north star. Click here to learn more.

SOCIAL PURPOSE BUSINESS DEFINITION

SOCIAL PURPOSE CONTINUUM

SOCIAL PURPOSE BUSINESS CASE

CASE STUDY

COVID19 SOCIAL RESPONSE LIST

Partner Press Releases

February 2021 | The City of Burnaby, the Burnaby Board of Trade and the Social Purpose Institute form partnership to accelerate a purpose led economic recover. Read full release here.
March 2020 | The Burnaby Board of Trade and the Social Purpose Institute Announce Partnership

Interested in learning more? Contact Tessa Vanderkop at tessa@bbot.ca

Visit socialpurpose.ca

Social Purpose Implementers  |  SPI workshop

Globe Panel-28: Allen Langdon, Return-It  | Richard Kouwenhoven & Doug Climie, Hemlock Printers

Minto Roy & Chelsea Gieschen, Royal Printers  |  Traction on Demand