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Human Interest / Sustainability /  • January 24, 2019
Hot Mess
The science community’s warnings about global climate change have become too dire to ignore. What are Canadian credit unions doing to thwart a possible climate apocalypse?

As the environmental effects of climate change grow increasingly dire, some credit unions are undertaking measures to protect both their organization and members.

Sustainability /  • April 13, 2018
Greener branches
Credit unions that have undertaken initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of their branches are finding that small changes can have a big impact.

Buildings are a source of greenhouse gas emissions. Some credit unions are taking steps to rectify this.

Banking / Sustainability /  • March 17, 2018
Wary of green
Offering green financial products may make a credit union look and feel good but, crucially, will it boost the bottom line? The answer is more complex than you might think.

There has to be a solid business case for offering green financial products at credit unions.

Finance / Sustainability /  • March 1, 2018
Investing powerhouse
The creation of Aviso Wealth is setting up the credit union system to become a major player in the growing area of responsible investing.

Responsible investing is being embraced after years of being shunted off to the sidelines.

Community Development / Sustainability /  • June 7, 2016
Next-Gen Farmers
The demand for local food has spurred growth in startup farms

The ever rising price of farm land has fledgling farmers across Canada cultivating creative solutions

Risk Management / Sustainability /  • March 4, 2016
A deeper shade of green
The new corporate responsibility is about measuring results

Increasing investors, reducing risk and building loyalty are key to successful CSR

Community Development / Sustainability /  • May 23, 2015
Waste pickers unite
Waste pickers the world over are turning trash into a new green economy

Catadores, waste pickers, binners, canners or Dumpster divers — these individuals are often poor, unskilled and struggling. Yet organized collectively, the waste pickers are the front line against the tyranny of trash threatening most metropolitan areas.

Banking / Sustainability /  • Jan 2015
Beyond ethical investing
New instruments are providing significant social – and financial – returns

Do good and make a profit. Could that be the new credo for Canadian credit unions?

Finance / Sustainability /  • May 2014
Too good to fail
A new breed of financial services organization values ethics over the bottom line

After the crash of 2008, who could blame people for thinking a take-no-prisoners mentality is what banking is all about?

Business / Sustainability /  • Mar 2014
Sharpening the competitive edge
How cooperatives are standing their ground against encroaching for-profits

Toronto streets are dotted with eco-friendly cars that are available at mere dollars a day. Does this type of sharing represent a culture shift?

Sustainability /  • Mar 2013
The fall of the wheat pools
A brief history of the rise and fall of Canada's grain pools

In the early 1920s, the Alberta Wheat Pool (AWP), Manitoba Pool Elevators (MPE) and Saskatchewan Wheat Pool (SWP) were formed as grain pooling and marketing cooperatives

Sustainability /  • Mar 2013
Feed the world
Agricultural cooperatives in Canada could play a vital role in fighting world hunger, but first they must face their own challenges

Canadian agricultural cooperatives are playing a role in the ongoing effort to feed the world's growing population, which could reach nine billion by 2050.