Family Business for Sustainable Development

Family Enterprise Foundation and Family Enterprise Canada has joined with Family Business Network - International (FBN-I) in adopting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The initiative, Family Business for Sustainable Development, will make protecting our planet a priority in the Canadian family business community.

Will our children accuse us of not acting on sustainability sooner?

The Family Business for Sustainable Development initiative will create a path to help business families build the knowledge and skills they need to drive impactful social and environmental changes that will allow us to achieve the 2030 UNSDG objectives and protect people and the environment.

Our Commitment

We are committed
 to inspiring 100 Canadian family-owned companies to sign The Pledge by early 2024, half of which will have started adopting the Sustainability Indicators for Family Business (SIFB). We know it's a long process — that's why it must start today!



Our Goal

In committing to this UN/FBN-I initiative, we intend to benchmark family enterprise performance in the five categories encompassing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs):

  1. Intergenerational Equity
  2. Economic Development
  3. Environmental Stewardship
  4. Social Inclusion
  5. Good Governance

A new online Sustainability Indicators for Family Business (SIFB) reporting platform is available that will help family businesses report, measure and track their sustainability performance.



The Roadmap

Conduct a Survey

We are surveying Canadian family businesses to provide a current perspective on their level of engagement, interests, abilities and objectives while identifying the challenges they face in making sustainability a priority. How is your family business delivering a greener, cleaner, fairer society?

Develop Case Studies

We will develop case studies that document the journeys of progressive families that have made sustainable development a priority. This will allow us and our community to learn from their experiences, highlight their successes and hear their stories on how they overcame their internal and external challenges.

Develop Benchmarking Tools

We will translate the UN SDG goals into a Canadian family-owned business context, creating a benchmarking tool that will be the first step in shifting the conversation. Research will also be conducted to help translate other tools available in the broader SDG landscape.

Assess Progress

We will assess the progress of business families on their SDG journey and provide benchmarking against their peers so they can see their progress and to help them navigate obstacles.

Knowledge Creation

We will focus awareness on the impact that a family business can have in solving environmental and social challenges, demonstrating how even small pivots can have a positive and sustainable impact.

As a family business, you have the opportunity to create lasting change.
Start today by signing the pledge!

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