Impact 6 Pack will help you create a unique Impact Strategy for your business, build a peer network of mission-driven businesses, and powerfully communicate the positive impact generated by your business while completing the B Corp Impact Assessment. Impact 6 Pack is delivered by Decade Impact Strategy & Activation, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada, and hosted by the Vancouver Economic Commission.
The world’s most ethical companies are certified B Corporations, including Patagonia, Hootsuite, Eminence Organic Skin Care, Fairware, Bullfrog Power, SMAK Food, Kickstarter, Method Products, Ben & Jerry’s, and the BDC. Impact 6 Pack is based on the B Corp framework and will prepare your business to submit for certification.
Impact 6 Pack will put your business on a clear path to meaningful impact and realizing all the benefits that flow to businesses that are committed to being a force for good in the world.
Over twelve weeks, participating businesses work online within a collaborative cohort to craft their impact business models and implement impact strategies in their businesses. The course is comprised of six modules designed to build a strategic impact plan unique to each business. This year, all course modules and course sessions will be held online.
Impact 6 Pack is facilitated by Kristy O’Leary and Brianna Brown, co-Founders of Decade Impact, and powered by BDC and the Vancouver Economic Commission. The B Corp Impact Assessment provides the course framework and a basis for evaluating participants’ existing and potential social, environmental, governance, and economic impacts.
Full day sessions include presentations and hands-on tutelage from facilitators, rich peer-to-peer discussion, and independent work time. Please note that maximum eight businesses will be admitted; participating businesses can enroll up to two participants for the duration of the online course.
Each module is designed to lead participants through a planning exercise to build an impact strategy that spans all aspects of your business.
Online Course Dates
»Module 1: April 14 | 8:30am-4:00pm
»Module 2: April 28 | 8:30am-4:00pm
»Module 3: May 12 | 8:30am-4:00pm
»Module 4: May 26 | 8:30am-4:00pm
»Module 5: June 9 | 8:30am-4:00pm
»Module 6: June 23 | 8:30am-4:00pm
Mission Lock & Governance
Clearly define your company values, vision, and mission. Learn about alternative impact business models and how good governance can make your company a leader.
Outcome: Defined mission; engaged governance driven by principles of transparency, accountability, and shared values.
WORKERS: PURPOSE AND A PAYCHEQUE
Fair treatment in the workplace leads to renewed sense of purpose and passion for your business and creates a family of ambassadors.
Outcome: Strategies to increase worker satisfaction, loyalty, and support for your business.
COMMUNITY IMPACT: NEAR AND FAR
Build a branded community impact strategy and learn how your brand can make your social impact efforts stick while helping to drive business performance.
Outcome: Community impact strategy that drives bottom line results.
ENVIRONMENT: IMPACT, EVERYWHERE
Environmental responsibility is a necessity as well as a competitive advantage in today’s economy. Understand your company’s environmental footprint, how to reduce it, and reap cost savings, marketing potential, and community benefits from your environmental impact strategy.
Outcome: Environmental impact measurement and strategy to reduce footprint.
SUPPLY CHAIN & TRACEABILITY
Explore ethical supply chain management, sustainable procurement and smart sourcing, and local economic impacts of procurement – and the differences between each of them.
Outcome: Risk mitigation and increased resilience in your supply chain, increase in local buying power and supplier network.
COMMUNICATING IMPACT: SHARE GREAT STORIES
Identify key messages (strengths, weaknesses, performance, targets, leverage points) in your impact plan and build compelling narratives that speak to diverse stakeholders to increase support for your business goals.
Outcome: Effective impact communication plan for internal and external stakeholders, and marketing strategies that support your business and impact goals.
The registration fee is $1200 including tax. All sessions will be held online and there will be opportunities for breakout groups and one-on-one time with the facilitators.
The Vancouver Economic Commission has a limited number of bursaries of $250 available to reduce barriers to accessibility for underrepresented populations, those in demonstrable financial need, and those truly making an impact with limited means. In order to qualify, your application must be received by March 31st, and you must provide additional information in the application form.