Social and environmental sustainability expert, Coro Strandberg, states: “As society emerges from the global pandemic, everything is changed. Among the changes that trade, industry, and professional associations are grappling with are the new realities for themselves and their members… Associations that represent professionals and organizations around the world will be upgrading their toolboxes to foster sector and professional resilience and relevance for the turbulent times ahead.”

Commissioned by Employment and Social Development Canada, the Sustainable and Just Association Report has been published to demonstrate how associations can advance principles of good ESG. CIP was pleased to be one of seven organizations profiled in the report and case studies, contributing to an on-going conversation on how associations can engage members and the private sector in influencing and advancing environmental, social, and governance practices.

“These are complex times and for many associations, it can be daunting to even know where to start when it comes to understanding and advancing its environmental, social, and governance objectives. The Sustainable Association provides approachable resources and tangible ideas that are relevant for every association, regardless of size and mandate. Written specifically for associations, it is accessible for all levels of leadership, providing inspiration and encouragement to start, continue, and accelerate action.”

– Beth McMahon, CEO, Canadian Institute of Planners 

This is not the first time that CIP’s efforts to advance its objectives related to ESG have been recognized. In August 2020, CIP was profiled in the Climate Change Guide for Industry and Professional Associations, published by the BC Council for International Cooperation, which includes resources and best practices that associations can pursue to help members respond to the climate crisis. 

“I truly believe that since associations can set a direction and policy for their members that extends far beyond profit margins and political timelines, that we can – and must – play a leading role in advancing climate change solutions. Professional associations and their members have a responsibility to act on climate change, not only because stakeholders are demanding it, but because it is the right thing to do. BCCIC’s Climate Change Guide for Industry and Professional Associations can help associations develop and advance their climate change practices to fulfill that responsibility and create lasting value for their members.” 

– Beth McMahon, CEO, Canadian Institute of Planners