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New research finds corporate Canada dragging its feet in disclosing progress on reconciliation

March 11, 2021 – New research suggests that corporate Canada is slow to recognize the value of tracking and reporting on Indigenous relations and reconciliation. The report, Business and Reconciliation: An Update Exploring the Performance of Public Companies in Canada, reviewed company disclosures using a broad set of indicators to measure  progress in advancing reconciliation since the release of a benchmark report in 2017. Research on a sample of 78 companies found a 26 percent increase in the number of companies stating that they prioritize employment of Indigenous people, up from 13 percent in 2016. In addition, there was a 28 percent increase in companies that...

Survey Launch: Asset Manager Action on Reconciliation

How can we think about and further support asset managers’ action towards advancing reconciliation in Canada? Background Central to the investment process is the relationship between asset owners, such as Indigenous trusts, and their asset managers. However, oftentimes the firms that assist Indigenous decision-makers in overseeing their invested assets have not explicitly adopted a reconciliation and rights recognition lens to their investment policies or processes. As research conducted by SHARE and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) in 2019 illustrates, investment organizations are important actors in the Canadian economy at large.[1] Investment organizations play critical roles as employers, shareholders, and capital providers – as well as...