Getting to equal
Posted June 15, 2017
Iceland moves closer towards mandatory equal pay law
A bill moving through the Icelandic parliament would require public and private firms to prove they offer equal pay regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality. If passed, the law would come into effect next year, marking the first time a national regime has been introduced for mandatory equal pay in both sectors.
Companies and institutions with over 25 employees would need to obtain a certificate of compliance with the rules, a process which involves classifying each position and reducing any wage gaps to less than five per cent. Firms would also be subject to audits to ensure continued compliance, with all entities certified by 2022. Any entity failing to take adequate steps would be subject to a series of escalating fines.Continue Reading...
Editor’s note: A seat at the table
Posted June 6, 2017
Companies across North America should look more like their clientele
This piece appeared as an editor's note in the Summer 2017 issue of Corporate Knights
One persistent thread of the nascent Trump era is the stark divide between corporate America and the White House on many of the issues du jour, particularly when it comes to questions of diversity and inclusion. Some of these are explicit, such as vocal opposition and fierce lobbying against the president’s religious liberty executive order or the proposed travel ban.Continue Reading...
Who stopped the rain?
Posted June 5, 2017
Water expert Adèle Hurley outlines the advocacy role the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain played in curbing the silent menace.
The Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain (CCAR) was formed in 1981 and became what was then the largest single-issue coalition in the nation’s history. It ended up playing a key role in raising awareness of the acid rain issue, lobbying the governments of both Canada and the United States for the passage of legislation restricting acid rain-causing emissions and running various educational programs in Canada.
Just 26 years old at the time, Adèle Hurley teamed up with fellow Canadian Michael Perley to help found the CCAR and act as its chief lobbyists and executive co-ordinators. Starting out with 12 core organizations, the group eventually encompassed 58 member groups representing over two million Canadians. It was also one of the first times that Canadians had set up a public advocacy campaign in Washington, D.C.Continue Reading...
Editor’s Note: Everywhere and nowhere
Posted April 5, 2017
What role do indigenous peoples play in Canada's environmental history?
This piece appeared as an editor's note in the Spring 2017 issue of Corporate Knights
As sesquicentennial events take place around the country in 2017, Canadians have been struggling with how best to approach this milestone. One major concern being raised is that the outpouring of patriotism and celebrations risks ignoring the ghosts of our past, papering over the problems of today and sidelining the narratives of marginalized people.Continue Reading...
Dissent in the ranks
Posted April 3, 2017
Conservative MP and federal leadership candidate Michael Chong wants to tell you about his ambitious carbon tax proposal.
During the 2008 federal election campaign, then-prime minister Stephen Harper took particular delight in lampooning Liberal leader Stephane Dion’s green shift plan as a tax on everything. Complete opposition to all forms of carbon taxation continues to be the national Conservative party’s preferred strategy almost a decade later, despite professed support for lowering Canada’s emissions 30 per cent by 2030.
Economists broadly agree that carbon pricing is the preferred method for reducing emissions with the lowest economic cost, but resistance to the idea at the federal level has led to the territory being seceded to the governing Liberal party. As Republicans learned repeatedly during the Obama era, while failing to engage constructively on controversial issues can be a political winner it often leads to “worse” policy outcomes (from a conservative perspective).Continue Reading...