Burnaby, BC – The Burnaby Board of Trade’s Pledge for a Sustainable Community program has been 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. Finalists will present their projects to a panel of judges at the 9th World Chamber Congress in Torino, Italy in June.
“Having the Pledge for a Sustainable Community recognized at the international level is a monumental achievement for the Burnaby Board of Trade, our local business community, and the entire Canadian Chamber community,” remarked Board of Trade President and CEO Paul Holden. “The Pledge is a groundbreaking business resource and promotion tool unlike anything ever done before by a board of trade or chamber of commerce in this country.
The criteria for the award includes linking both business and their social responsibility actions to community, philanthropic, environment, workplace and marketplace activities. Projects are designed to advocate sustainable growth, and must underline the business advantages for CSR and ethical business practices as well as reinforce the chamber’s mission of promoting best practices among companies and institutions. Importantly, the projects must be replicable in other business communities.
“The BBOT is a municipal-level board of trade with a membership of almost 1,200 organizations, and yet our program has beaten out submissions from chambers that are potentially much larger than ours – even national level chambers. It couldn’t have been done without the support of our Board of Directors and membership, our Environmental Sustainability Committee, our dedicated staff, generous sponsors, and of course our ever-growing community of Pledge Members who have been the champions of building a strong and sustainable business community in Burnaby and across the Lower Mainland,” said Holden.
Joining the BBOT as finalists are Santa Cruz-Cainco Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Bolivia), Finland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Finland), and Asharquia Chamber of Commerce (Saudi Arabia). The previous winner was Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (United Arab Emirates).
Currently the Pledge features about 120 local organizations that have committed to being more sustainable, and have shared their news, success stories and ideas. In addition, the Burnaby Board of Trade has recently announced plans to license the Pledge model to other chambers of commerce to begin building a world-wide community of like-minded businesses all working to reduce their environmental impact and promote the business case for sustainability. The first international licensee is expected to be formally announced in the coming weeks.
Learn more about the Pledge for a Sustainable Community at bbotpledge.ca.
About the Burnaby Board of Trade
The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) is Burnaby’s pre-eminent business association and is a key part of the City’s economic development strategy. Working closely with the municipality, the BBOT supports the growth of business both locally and internationally, and fosters a sustainable business environment through networking, education, advocacy and development. Through our vision and leadership, we facilitate a collaborative community model involving business, not-for-profits, academia, citizens and all levels of government. Visit bbot.ca for more information.
About the Pledge for a Sustainable Community
Now in its third year, the Pledge for a Sustainable Community is a comprehensive online resource with the goal of helping businesses large and small reduce their environmental footprint while at the same time promoting their company and saving money. Members share news and success stories, learn about workshop and networking opportunities, and serve as role models for the community. For more information, visit bbotpledge.ca.
About the World Chambers Competition
The World Chambers Competition is the only global awards program to recognize the most innovative projects undertaken by chambers of commerce and industry from around the world.
The Competition provides a unique opportunity for chambers to showcase originality and ingenuity, demonstrate determination to strengthen SMEs, and improve services provided to members. Since its inception in 2003, the Competition has generated an array of case studies demonstrating entrepreneurial diversity and inspiring other chambers. Entries come not only from developed countries, but also from developing and least developed countries. Visit www.iccwbo.org for details.