Derek Wong

Derek Wong helps businesses on sustainability strategy and execution. He is a member of the advisory board of Sustainable Business Forum, building the future of healthy enterprises. Reach him by email, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

Mar 312014
 
Green Buildings Bring Vertical Forests to the City

Visually stunning and environmentally progressive condo buildings and office towers are appearing in Europe and Asia in recent years, including the Bosco Verticale in Milan, Hearst Tower in New York, and Urban Cactus in Rotterdam. Corporations and condo developers take note…whoever construct the first of this type of building in Canada can really make a statement. I talk to Andrew McAllan of Oxford Properties to see when that might happen.

The Transformational Company: CBSR Summit

 Posted by on December 4, 2013
Dec 042013
 
The Transformational Company: CBSR Summit

The 11th Annual Summit by Canadian Business for Social Responsibility brought together an international panel of leaders to address how corporate social responsibility practitioners can lead their companies onto a transformational path. Keynote speaker John Elkington showed how enterprises can set and achieve bold goals that touch their core business while addressing systemic societal risks and challenges.

Nov 122013
 
How Small Green Team Can Transform Large Corporation

Small green teams tasked with transforming large corporations, governments, cities, and neighborhoods face some tough challenges. TD Bank’s three-person green team employed a range of strategies to inject sustainability thinking into 27,000 employees dispersed in 1,300 locations. I find four of their tactics very smart and can be readily adapted by green teams everywhere.

May 212013
 
Sustainability: Canada's Strengths and Weaknesses

A large scale study comparing Canadian companies to their world peers finds Canada leads in capturing cost reduction from sustainability initiatives but lags global leaders in driving profitability through collaboration. Broader collaborations with customers, suppliers, government and policy makers may be a key to unlocking the next phase’s rewards.