Dedicated to Corporate Purpose & ESG

The new frontier for Sustainability

Daring to Leap: Global Conversations on ESG & Corporate Purpose

We are delighted to launch our online global series called DARING TO LEAP. It is a set of conversations regarding the strategic duo of “ESG and Corporate Purpose” – as the new business essentials. We are speaking to thought leaders and corporations around the world about the emerging corporate imperative to consider both the interests of shareholders and society. Societal issues are now BOARDROOM issues and failure to act is a brand risk. Leaping is a COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.

Our Namesake

At the VeriStell Institute our name denotes our highest aspirations:

veritas (truth, justice, transparency)
+
stella (star, inspiring a better society)

Our mission is founded on the pillars of societal justice and business excellence: urging firms to break new ground and help solve societal issues while driving shareholder value.

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
Seneca –

64 AD Roman Stoic Philosopher

Who We Are

Global Research Institute

Pushing the boundaries of Corporate
Purpose & ESG

The VeriStell Institute is a globally focused Not-For-Profit Think Tank dedicated to MAINSTREAMING new Corporate frontiers for Sustainability and publishing consensus positions – recognized worldwide.

Corporations positively impacting society and driving Competitiveness.
The VeriStell Institute leads global projects that enable the adoption of the Sustainability agenda in the Corporate Sector – providing BLUEPRINTS for meaningful action in partnership with others.

A Not-For-Profit affiliated with Goodman
Sustainability Group

goodmansustainabilitygroup.com

We encourage organizations to adopt at least one of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals – within the framework of their Corporate Purpose statements.

Board, Strategic Advisors & Experts

Derek Purchase


Chairman – VeriStell Institute, former Sr. Audit Partner EY, Chief Development Officer, Goodman Sustainability Group

Anuj Shah


Managing Director KKS Advisors, Project Partner and Collaborator with VeriStell institute

Faith Goodman


CEO Goodman Sustainability Group, Founder and Director VeriStell Institute, Founder and Director UTLC

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Janet Ecker


President at Kilwaughter Consulting, Former Minister of Finance at the Government of Ontario, Former President and CEO of Toronto Financial Services Alliance

Paul A. Argenti


Professor of Corporate Communication, The Tuck School of Business At Dartmouth

Glen Hodgson


Former Chief Economist – Conference Board of Canada C.D. Howe Institute Fellow

Ioannis Ioannou


Associate Professor, Strategy & Entrepreneurship, London Business School UK

Professor Amelia Miazad


Founding Director & Senior Research Fellow, Business in Society Institute, University of California

Robert Walker


Former Head of ESG Services at NEI Investments Chair - International Corporate Governance Network. Strategic Consultant at Millani

David Rutherford


Vice President, ESG Services at NEI Investments

Tamara Close


Managing Director, Head of ESG Integration, KKS Advisors

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Paul Richards


Office Managing Partner at HumanEdge Global

Andrew Chakhoyan


Founder and CEO, Strategic Narrative Consulting; Contributor, World Economic Forum

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Jacqui Faclier


Marketing & Communications Executive, Former Managing Director at DDB Canada

Advisors

Geoffrey Rowan


Former Partner & Founding Managing Director, Ketchum Public Relations, Former Reporter, Globe and Mail

Aleem Punja


National Operating Officer at Aga Khan Council for Canada, Future Ready Initiative

Dinara Millington


Former VP Research, Canadian Energy Research Institute

Lisa Asbreuk


Partner, Cunningham Swan LLP

Dr. Renée Friedman


Former Managing Editor, Thought Leadership, Financial Services, EMEA, The Economist Intelligence Unit

What We Do

The VeriStell Institute is a global forum where CEOs, Board Directors and Leaders come to find leading thinking and foresight on the issues of ESG and Corporate Social Purpose.

We provide leadership in Research, Advocacy, Best Practices Development, Publications, Projects, Thought Leadership, Conferences, Media, Teaching and Outreach.

Our goal is to enable corporate entities to embrace ESG and Corporate Purpose (and its new incarnations over time) – aligned with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Corporations will have the tools and protocols to concurrently deliver shareholder value and partner with civil society to address the world’s pressing societal issues.

Our Key Competencies

We work with multiple Stakeholders globally including businesses, governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, community groups, NGOs, academics, Indigenous Communities and charities.

Research and Data Analysis

Social Impact and benchmarking evaluation
models for successful enterprises.

Social Purpose Discovery Lab

In concert with others, we have engineered a unique and proven model to determine best
fit and align a company’s Social Purpose with
their organization’s DNA and might.

Outreach

Demonstrating how and why business
can and will become more competitive by
embracing ESG and Corporate Social
Purpose.

Competitive Advantage -
Leadership Networks

Forum for CEOs, Boards, Leaders to
network through events, education,
alliances, publications

Benchmarking and
Consensus Models

Convening leading academic, civil society
and business researchers/Thought Leaders
to develop and distribute consensus
protocols.

Sectoral Approach

Research and analysis on global Sector
specific protocols.

Events


June 29, 2021

Daring To Leap: C-Suite Disruption

The high-stakes impact of ESG & corporate purpose on strategy, risk and reward. The post-Covid reality is that society and governments are moving in unison — nudging firms to take meaningful action on both ESG and corporate purpose. This virtual event will illuminate lessons learned from brands that have made the leap and those brands in progress. We will also explore the difference between the ‘S’ in ESG and corporate purpose, why it matters, and how to get it right.

March 15, 2021

Launch of Canadian Corporate Purpose Lab

Established to develop a globally recognized framework and protocol for Corporate Purpose (Partner announcements coming soon).