The Burnaby Board of Trade, under it’s Pledge for a Sustainable Community initiative, advocates on behalf of our membership and Pledge community on issues of environmental and sustainable importance.
Here are some of of our recent initiatives and achievements:
In advance of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, the Burnaby Board of Trade has submitted a letter to the Office of the Prime Minister (PMO), calling on new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to join with other international leaders in seeking a meaningful global agreement to address climate change with new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. The Board of Trade also asked that government work with business organizations such as itself to develop the necessary market-based strategy to help Canada, and its business community, achieve those reductions. READ MORE
The Burnaby Board of Trade has successfully lobbied for a national water sustainability framework to become official Canadian Chamber of Commerce policy during the national business organization’s Annual General Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario. The policy resolution, entitled “Does Our Water Abundance Mask a Potential Challenge? The Need for a National Water Framework” calls on the federal government to work with the provinces and territories to commission research into the sustainability of Canadian water resources and to craft a national water framework with the goal of aligning water policies across the country. View the full policy resolution
A core value of the Burnaby Board of Trade is the commitment to the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental priorities. Accordingly, the BBOT has commented on the development of the provincial government’s Climate Leadership Plan calling for more support of the Clean Technology sector, increasing public transportation, and the importance of business engagement. READ MORE
The Burnaby Board of Trade’s Pledge for a Sustainable Community program was selected as a finalist in the category of “Best Corporate Social Responsibility Project” at the 2015 World Chambers Competition. The Pledge program, which is a comprehensive online resource and planning tool with the goal of helping businesses large and small reduce their carbon footprint, was one of only four entries selected as a finalist out of a record number of submissions from across 39 countries. READ MORE