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Buying Local: Tools for Forward-Thinking Institutions

There are many opportunities for organizations to benefit themselves, as well as the economies that sustain them, by making minor adjustments to the way that they purchase goods and services. This report outlines strategies and paths that policy-makers, sustainability managers, procurement professionals and others involved in institutional purchasing decisions can pursue to realize this potential.

Resources, Rights and Respect: Investor Expectations of the Human Rights Responsibilities of Mining Companies

Mining is a globally important industry with profound effects on communities and the environment. due to the growing interest in the social impacts of business, these effects - both positive and negative – are increasingly being viewed through the lens of international human rights.

Investor Brief: Promoting Financial Inclusion in Canada’s Financial Services Sector

Financial exclusion and the growth of alternative financial institutions can partially be attributed to the lack of appropriate and affordable financial products and services that meet the unique financial needs of low-income and other financially underserved groups .

Report: B.C. Municipalities want Province to modernize mining regulations

Find the full release on Municipal InfoNet. October 1, 2013 Report: B.C. Municipalities want Province to modernize mining regulations B.C.'s mining legislation, drafted in the mid-1800's, is creating significant challenges for local governments, says a new recent study by the Columbia Institute and the Sierra Club of BC.

Multi-Material BC and Local Governments: Will the New Industry-run Recycling System Cause Backsliding?

Local governments have led the way on recycling in BC, and most support the principles of expanded recycling, zero waste, reduced packaging and producers bearing responsibility for the full life-cycle of their products. However, many are clearly concerned about the structure and implementation of BC’s new recycling system, and whether it will effectively move towards these goals and respect the experience and investments of municipalities and offer them a fair deal.

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