Where to study CSR in Ontario – 2016 Update

With September on the horizon its a time when many are getting ready to return to the classroom. For those interested in social impact, going back to school can mean taking targeted studies in CSR. Most if not all Universities will offer some courses in CSR, others go further and have …

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Three truths about the challenges facing CSR professionals

Are you thinking that a career in CSR is for you? The positive impact you can have in a CSR job is a huge draw for the field, but like with any job, success isn’t easy or guaranteed. There’s always hurdles that must be overcome to make a CSR campaign …

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Jeremiah Brenner the Manager of Corporate Responsibility at LoyaltyOne

How do you get to become a Manager of Corporate Responsibility with a leading sustainability company? Persistence. That’s the career path and advice of Jeremiah Brenner, Manager of Corporate Responsibility with LoyaltyOne. Building his skills through different work experiences and a Master’s degree in the environment and sustainability, Jeremiah eventually found his …

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Klaudia Watts the Corporate Responsibility Manager at PwC

Those who are passionate about CSR tend to be very involved in the space. Take Klaudia Watts, Corporate Responsibility Manager at PwC, who’s built an impressive career in sustainability. Klaudia started her career in CSR as an “intrapreneur”, pioneering a CSR program where one never existed. She then leveraged the experience to take …

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5 CSR departments you didn’t know existed and how to apply

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) isn’t a nice to have anymore, it’s now an expectation that organizations consider their place in the world. The role of business is quite different than it was even a decade ago. A quick search of most corporate websites will now turn up a CSR page. …

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Paulina Zelazny the Digital Marketing & Communications Manager at Toshiba of Canada Limited

What does it mean to work in CSR for a world leading technology company? It can mean drafting a press release for the launch of a new product, launching a marketing campaign or planning promotional activities for CSR programs. In many large corporations CSR responsibilities aren’t the exclusive focus of …

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Paul Fairlie the President and CEO of Paul Fairlie Consulting

The science and social imperative of meaningful work: Have we reached a tipping point? That’s the question Paul Fairlie is answering with his research. As a work psychologist Paul has delved into the inner workings of employee engagement and he’s found that meaningful work and having positive social impact are having …

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5 social impact trends for 2016

The social impact sector will be an exciting field to be a part of in 2016. What started as a small niche has grown steadily and we anticipate that this movement towards meaningful work will continue to thrive in 2016. Whether you are looking to excel in your career, impress your boss or …

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Best resources for purpose driven professionals

Being a super star leader, employee and colleague requires a combination of factors including continuous learning. I’ve compiled my go-to list for being in the know – from what you should be reading to who you should be following and everything in between. Get Smarter: Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) …

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A typical day of CSR professionals

CSR leaders at FedEx, Google and MLSE share an inside look at a typical day

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs look different at every company. To some, CSR can refer to their sustainability efforts, investment in community events, employee volunteerism or the management of the corporate foundation. The skills, competencies and qualities needed are as varied as the jobs themselves, but there are common attributes that are …

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Diane Solinger

Diane Solinger the Manager of GooglersGive at Google

Diane Solinger has what many would say is one of the coolest job ever (us included). Working at Google in social impact, Diane holds one of the most envious job titles managing the GooglersGive program. Leveraging her experience from the nonprofit sector, Diane and her team help the 60,000 Googlers …

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3 ways to get a csr job without quitting day job

3 ways to get a CSR job without quitting your day job

Whether you are looking for your next job or simply not ready to leave your current one, there are ways to make your current job more impactful. The act of creating change from inside your company is also known as intrapraneurship and could be one of the most powerful ways to …

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3 leaders share their best advice for finding meaningful work

Finding meaningful work is a very personal experience and journey. Whether it’s working for a nonprofit, corporate foundation or a social good organization, meaningful work is all around. From high level advice on building your career to practical tips on your cover letter, three of our impact insiders and leaders in their …

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Toronto's Most Meaningful Summer Internships

Toronto’s most meaningful summer internships

Toronto’s Most Meaningful Summer Internships is an initiative to highlight careers in the social impact sector. We want to encourage the next generation entering the workforce to pursue careers with a purpose and a paycheque. In its first year, we showcase six internships at organizations making important contributions to the …

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Mike Bartlett

Mike Bartlett. Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility, MLSE & Executive Director, MLSE Foundation

There’s nothing more satisfying than landing your dream job and loving what you do everyday. And Mike Bartlett, Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility, MLSE & Executive Director at the MLSE Foundation has done just that. Mike’s job is the perfect example of a career that combines passion, business and philanthropy and demonstrates that you can …

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Shane O’Connor, Communications Advisor, FedEx Global Citizenship

From a program coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to a full time minister- Shane O’Connor has had a non-traditional career path. What started as a night job at a FedEx operations facility has turned into a fulfilling career as a CSR leader. His story is a good reminder that there’s no …

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5 surprising facts about CSR jobs

If you’re looking for a corporate social responsibility (CSR)  job, you already know that every company has a different approach to CSR. This variety makes it challenging to know what companies need and how to position yourself for success. And if you’re looking to switch into CSR, you may be wondering what …

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Coro Strandberg. Principal. Strandberg Consulting

If you’ve ever wondered whether you should work in non-profit, business, or government, you’re not alone. But Coro Strandberg’s career story reminds us that there’s no one path to success. And that having experience in all three can make you the ideal social impact professional; understanding and speaking the language …

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Alina Racoviceanu. Sustainability Consultant. Toronto Hydro

Alina Racoviceanu was a traditional engineer who transformed herself into a Purple Sheep.  A holistic and analytical thinker, Alina used her desire to ‘save the planet’ one act at a time to pursue a career in corporate social responsibility. Sustainability experts like Alina are secret weapons within companies, helping employees connect the …

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Purpose is the new ping pong: the business case for CSR

I got into a friendly debate with a manufacturing business owner about the need for corporate social responsibility (CSR) this past weekend. Our discussion went something like this: Old School Business Man: “I don’t believe in CSR, the purpose of my business is to maximize profits and treat my employees …

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