A lot has changed in the decades since economist Milton Friedman famously wrote that the social responsibility of business is to increase profits.

At Innovation Guelph, we work every day with businesses that are focused on a triple bottom line – social, environmental and financial – including Grey Rock Clothing Co., Sweet Temptations, Lucky Iron Fish, GreenBug Energy, Envision SQ and many more.

They are among the growing number of companies worldwide that are putting sustainability at the heart of their business strategies in response to initiatives such as the UN Global Compact, part of an effort to address the effects of globalization, climate change and environmental degradation, shifting demographics, concerns about food security, as well as human rights and governance issues.

Sustainable business is a force for good, generating value and lasting benefits for society, the environment and local economies.

To explore what sustainability can mean for your business, please join us for a series of special events in November as Innovation Guelph holds Sustainable Business Month. Be sure to mark your calendars:

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 5p.m. to 7 p.m.

#GoodBizGuelph: Innovation Guelph’s Second Annual Sustainability Social

Come learn, collaborate and celebrate the growth of Guelph’s sustainable business and social ecosystem. Network with entrepreneurs, government leaders, special guests and sustainability experts.

Click here to register.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, noon to 1 p.m.

Toolkit Tuesday

Our monthly Toolkit Tuesday event will feature Innovation Guelph’s sustainable business expert, Erin Doherty. Toolkit Tuesdays are open door sessions for current and potential Innovation Guelph clients to meet with our Service Pack sponsors for business advice: bring your questions for Miller Thomson Lawyers, Meridian Credit Union, Cowan Insurance and National Research and Development.

Sign up here.

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2p.m. to 5 p.m.

Fast Track B Corp Bootcamp

B Corp is to business what fair trade certification is to coffee or chocolate, or USDA organic certification is to food. Learn the basics of sustainable business and the ins-and-outs of B Corp certification in this one-day workshop.

Click here to register.