The Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series (TSSS) was created in 2008 to share stories of companies that have found economic advantages by integrating sustainability into their corporate strategy. After 44 events that impacted many thousands from around the world, our environmental challenges are even greater.
As of 2019, TSSS can no longer accept that Corporate Sustainability, the way it is practiced in our capitalist economy, is leading to the necessary changes for our climate and other global environmental and social issues. (The Unholy Marriage Between Crony Capitalism and Sustainability)
Going forward the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series (TSSS) will only invest time on articles, events and alliances that are actively working towards systemic change that is impactful, scalable and meaningful. Recycling, eliminating plastic straws and philanthropy that distracts from corporate harm will no longer cut it. And yes, while every little bit does help, these efforts will not get us to where we need to be. We need some BIG changes in how business and government operate.
Please have a look at the video below to better understand what TSSS is all about
In 2008 this is what I believed:
“Sustainability is about a vision to do more with less. It’s about embedding innovative thinking into your organization. It’s about reducing risk and waste. It’s about engaging employees and building stronger relationships both inside and outside your organization. It’s about greater profitability.”
In 2019 this is what I believe:
“Corporate Sustainability is not working. Capitalism does not appear to mesh with sustainability. For many companies, it has become “marketing bait”. Every ecosystem on our planet is in decline. We need drastic changes, very quickly, if we are going to be able to pass along a functioning planet to future generations.”
Brad Zarnett, MES
— Founder and Executive Director,
Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series (TSSS)