Robyn Hall

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Robyn Hall
Based in Toronto, I am a graduate of the Masters of Information (MI) program at the University of Toronto, and the former Communications Manager at Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and Ontario-based Alterna Savings credit union. Most recently, I had the opportunity to be a project media archivist at TVOntario, working with legacy film and video on a wide range of social and environmental topics at Ontario's educational broadcaster. I'm long-time believer that businesses of whatever type - co-op, private, public - are critical to the process of social and environmental change.

Posts by This Writer

5 years 11 months ago

The British Columbia government has just made its final written submission to the Northern Gateway Pipeline Joint Review Panel, and it is asking for more information and assurances before it can support the project. The main concern cited by the BC government in its rejection of the proposal is lack of detail around marine and land oil spill response. "Northern Gateway has said that they would provide effective spill response in all cases. However, they have presented little evidence as to how they will respond," said Environment Minister Terry Lake in a news...


5 years 11 months ago

The Natural Step Canada will be gathering sustainability leaders next week to learn about and experience the collaboration needed for transformational change. Over two hundred participants are expected in Guelph, Ontario from June 10 to 11 for the Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability Conference. Why this conference now? According to Chad Park, Executive Director of The Natural Step Canada, “Many of us are used to addressing problems and issues at an organizational scale and do not have experience engaging diverse groups and being...


5 years 12 months ago

Business value today is being calculated with a new method: the integrated reporting of all material factors. How does this “information governance” work? The International Integrated Reporting Council and Sustainable Accounting Standards Board are two of the initiatives building momentum for the integration into reporting and communication of the ESG factors that represent business value. In my recent time at the University of Toronto iSchool, I was interested in whether the same ESG factors had infiltrated into the records management discipline I was studying...


6 years 1 week ago

A busy coffee drinker at a Van Houtte® coffee shop in Canada or shopping in the coffee aisle at the grocery store may not have a coffee farmer on his mind as he grabs his daily fix. But Van Houtte’s new Farm Views Project is working to change that. The project will bring the voices of coffee growers to Canadian consumers through blog posts on Van Houtte’s ...


6 years 1 week ago

It started quietly seven years ago, with one web page online inviting Aeroplan loyalty program members to share their Aeroplan Miles with seven Canadian charitable partners. Seven years on, Aeroplan Members have donated more than 300 million miles to NGO’s in Canada and around the world to complete their missions. Currently, Aeroplan’s Beyond Miles program has 10 partner organizations and more than 400 Charitable Pooling Accounts, but the range of causes supported is also impressive. To name a few examples: high-schoolers...


6 years 1 week ago

As the bad news from Bangladesh continues, with the death toll from the Rana Plaza building collapses surpassing a gut-wrenching 1,000, and additional deaths in a separate factory fire last week, Canadians, from corporations to NGOs, are responding to the tragic circumstances in a variety of ways. In Canada, the building collapse has been a major media story with a big focus on national grocery retailer Loblaw Companies Limited and their low-price fashion brand Joe Fresh1. A small portion of Joe Fresh clothing was...


6 years 2 weeks ago

Aims to Collect Five Million Pounds of Food for Canadian Food Banks Collecting a record five million pounds of food for Canada’s food banks to mark the 10th anniversary of the FCC Drive Away Hunger program—that’s the BHAG, or Big Hairy Audacious Goal that Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and its partners have set for themselves this year. When it comes to cause-company fit, a nation-wide food drive is a...


6 years 3 weeks ago

“What gets measured matters” applies as much to solid waste diversion as to any other area of sustainability performance reporting. Aiming to elevate and standardize practice, Recycling Council of Ontario has just re-launched its voluntary diversion certification program for the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sector (IC&I)—called 3RCertified. “For the majority of the IC&I...


6 years 3 weeks ago

There was a time when grain for bread was grown and milled locally in Southern Ontario. But that tradition has long past, forcing Toronto-based bakery Stonemill Bakehouse to source the ingredients for its healthy artisanal breads from Western Canada, the U.S. or even abroad. When the bakery looked at their carbon footprint they found that transporting ingredients to their facility in the Greater Toronto Area was their second biggest source of emissions. The company’s solution is something not every food-related...


6 years 1 month ago

Two Canadian cooperative leaders have been ranked in the top three of a Corporate Knights’ ranking of the Most Sustainable Cooperatives in the World. The Co-operators Group Limited provides insurance and other financial services, and The Desjardins Group represents a number of cooperative...


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