Unique in Canada, independent centre will advance corporate responsibility practices nationally and internationally
CALGARY, March 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Enbridge and the University of Calgary today launched the Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability (ECCS) at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business.
The ECCS will advance the science and practice of achieving the triple bottom line in business and in policy. The triple bottom line refers to decisions aimed at balancing — in a meaningful and transparent way — environmental, social, and economic considerations. Rather than just looking at corporate sustainability through the lens of fostering goodwill in communities, this independent centre will draw on more than 60 years of research and practice related to the science of corporate sustainability.
"This first-of-its-kind Centre is a ground-breaking initiative for the University of Calgary and Enbridge," said University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon. "The Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability showcases the power of collaboration in fuelling innovation. We are tremendously grateful to be working with Enbridge to support research that will be widely shared, helping businesses develop and implement sustainable practices across many disciplines."
The ECCS' long-term objectives directly align with the Haskayne School of Business' ongoing endeavours to become an internationally recognized centre of excellence for academic integrity, impartial research and community engagement in the areas that define Calgary and Alberta: ethical leadership, entrepreneurship and energy.
Enbridge has committed $2.25 million over 10 years to the ECCS, which will enable graduate student and faculty research, fund post-doctoral fellows, and support the Enbridge Research in Action Seminars. The Seminars will bring together influential researchers, practitioners, and industry experts to discuss and disseminate leading-edge sustainability research in Canada and abroad.
The ECCS will also sponsor two annual sustainability awards, recognizing student achievements in areas related to sustainability and the advancement of the triple bottom line. The ECCS' activities will be guided by an external advisory board comprising leading scholars and practitioners of corporate sustainability drawn from across North America.
Enbridge CEO Pat Daniel said the international scope and focus on sustainable resource development set the ECCS apart and drew Enbridge to the project.
"We're proud to partner with the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business", said Mr. Daniel. "The ECCS' research will provide a foundation for new business practices and decision making processes needed to develop natural resources in a responsible and sustainable manner.
"In addition to important research, the ECCS will also be an incubator for the future business leaders. As a company focused on building a sustainable future, we are thrilled to contribute to this important initiative."
For more information on the Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability at the Haskayne School of Business, please visit www.haskayne.ucalgary.ca/research/research-centres/ECCS. For more information on Enbridge, please visit www.enbridge.com.
About the Haskayne School of Business
The Haskayne School of Business was founded at the University of Calgary in 1967, and was named in honour of Richard F. Haskayne, OC, AOE, FCA, in 2002. The business school has approximately 3300 full- and part-time students enrolled in bachelor's, master's, doctorate, and executive education programs, and stays connected with its 20,000 alumni in 60 countries worldwide.
The vision of the Haskayne School of Business is to be an internationally recognized centre of excellence for business education, research, and community outreach, with a special emphasis on the distinct elements that define Calgary and Alberta: energy, entrepreneurship, and ethical leadership.
Enbridge Inc., a Canadian company, is a North American leader in delivering energy and one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. As a transporter of energy, Enbridge operates, in Canada and the U.S., the world's longest crude oil and liquids transportation system. The Company also has a growing involvement in the natural gas transmission and midstream businesses, and an increasing involvement in power transmission. As a distributor of energy, Enbridge owns and operates Canada's largest natural gas distribution company, and provides distribution services in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State. As a generator of energy, Enbridge has interests in close to 1,000 megawatts of renewable and alternative energy generating capacity and is expanding its interests in wind and solar energy, geothermal and hybrid fuel cells. Enbridge employs approximately 6,900 people, primarily in Canada and the U.S. and is ranked as one of Canada's Greenest Employers, and one of the Top 100 Companies to Work for in Canada. Enbridge's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ENB. For more information, visit enbridge.com
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