Business for Purpose Network (B4PN) Weekly Announcement #50. November 12, 2021

3 min readNov 12, 2021

Compiled by Allyson Hewitt / VP Impact, MaRS Discovery District / November 12, 2021. Edited by Marek Nakonieczny, Associate, Business for Purpose Network

Next week is #PurposeinBusinessWeek (November 15–19), we hope to see you at some of the great events scheduled and wish everyone a purpose-packed week.

#ONE — Flagship Event: Propelling Purpose Summit November 17 & 18

Register here and don’t forget to use the B4PN code PAN-21 for a 15% discount.

Time to take a close look at the agenda and start to carve out your schedules for next week. Leaders and visionaries from across all sectors coming together to navigate the role of business in society, “rethink the way the world does business, and to reinvent the foundations of our economy.” Day 1 will focus on engaging business, and Day 2 on engaging the ecosystem. So many inspiring, thought-provoking sessions on the horizon and we hope to see you there.

#TWO — Social Purpose Procurement Toolkit and Case Studies

For an incredibly helpful introduction to social purpose procurement, from the what to the how, please check out this toolkit from the Social Purpose Institute to get you started. From there you might be after more information in preparation for the summit, all of which can be found at SPI’s Summit Resources page.

#THREE — Paul Polman on Net Positive

Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto will be hosting an event on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST via livestream as Paul Polman and sustainable-business guru Andrew Winston discuss their latest book: Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take. The cost is $43.99 plus HST which includes a copy of the book. Join them as they explore the role of business in helping lead us to a better future.

Paul Polman is also blogging about his book on LinkedIn and you are invited to join the discussion.

#FOUR — SEWF 2021 Academic Forum: November 16 & 17

If you are interested in how academia is supporting the growth of the social enterprise sector and how we can collectively and collaboratively work across sectors to tackle wicked problems, you may find this 2-day event, November 16th and 17th, 2021 of interest. Register here to hear from Canadian and global leaders in this field.

The Social Enterprise World Forum has also released their Youth Forum Event Report, with fascinating youth insights: participants see “more people wanting a career with purpose” as one of the top things to make the biggest difference to social enterprise in 2022.

#FIVE — City of Burnaby Proclamation

Joining the City of Vancouver, the City of Burnaby has just proclaimed Purpose in Business Week November 15–19, 2021, by recognizing that “social purpose in business is a powerful driver of thriving business communities and a catalyst for economic recovery and growth.” Bravo Burnaby!

quote of the week

In a purpose-driven culture, employees have a heartfelt sense of ownership for their purpose: Purpose energizes teams, informs their decisions and guides their day-to-day behavior. Employees know who they serve, what they serve and how to embody brand promises.

– Jake Herway, Just How Purpose-Driven Is Your Organizational Culture. Gallup Workplace, October 22, 2021.

Enjoy reading and enjoy the weekend … on purpose.


What is the Business for Purpose Network? The B4PN is an initiative catalyzed by the JW McConnell Family Foundation and the MaRS Discovery District to help build a movement engaging companies to put purpose at the core of their work.

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CEO Enactus Canada. Past: VP, Impact MaRS. Lecturer MBET, U Waterloo. Thinker in Residence, Australia. Social entrepreneurship, Business for Purpose (B4PN)