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UN-backed PRI selects InterPraxis for UNGP initiative.

InterPraxis was invited to work with the Investor members of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) to help develop a framework for assessing the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) within the extractive sector. This initiative worked with both investors and companies to identify best practices and challenges in this area and recommended a performance framework to assess implementation of the UNGPs. 

International Experts Group Meeting on UN Guiding Principles Facilitated by InterPraxis.

InterPraxis Director was invited by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and the Office of the Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor to facilitate an international workshop on Business Impacts and Non-Judicial Access to Remedy which will help to establish global best practice.

InterPraxis Director selected to participate on <IR> Working Group  

The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) selected InterPraxis Director David Simpson to serve on its integrated reporting assurance working group to help develop a framework for <IR> assurance.

World's First Public Social Stock Exchange Accredits InterPraxis Director.  

The world's first publicly traded social stock exchange in Africa has accredited InterPraxis Director David Simpson as a recognized impact investment advisor and impact verifier to help connect communities to capital and capital to meaningful social and environmental change.

Mozambique Ministry of Mineral Resources working with InterPraxis to Develop CSR Policy Framework. 

InterPraxis recently won a competitive bid with the Mozambican Ministry of Mineral Resources (MIREM) to carry out a research study which will help inform the development of a national CSR policy framework for the extractives sector which will enable the industry to be more strategic in the design and delivery of its various CSR programs and initiatives, as well as to better support the goals of sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. 

InterPraxis Director chosen to Chair SROI Network Group

IP Director, David Simpson has been chosen to Chair the SROI Network (now Social Value International) Assurance Technical Committee. SROI is an approach to understanding and managing the value of social, economic, and environmental outcomes created by an activity or an organization. For more info click here. 

Securing a Strong Ethical Culture at Talisman-Energy. 

InterPraxis was selected by global upstream oil & gas company Talisman Energy to conduct a review of its ethics code and training programme to add value and ensure alignment with significant international frameworks and other peers. 

InterPraxis Invited to Participate in Regional Forums in Middle-East.

InterPraxis was invited to participate in two recent forums in Lebanon and Abu Dhabi to share expertise on designing effective stakeholder engagement systems for sustainability, and on international best practice in the area of social responsibility aligning to ISO 26000. InterPraxis Director, David Simpson has been a frequent participant at international events, with recent speaking engagements in Belgium, Chile, China, Korea, Mexico, Switzerland and the UK.   

 

World's Largest Professional Accounting Body Selects InterPraxis to Provide Expertise on Integrated Reporting.

The Association of Certified Charted Accountants (ACCA) is working with InterPraxis to help develop its thinking and processes around integrated reporting. Integrated Reporting is a new approach to corporate reporting that seeks to demonstrates the linkages between an organization's strategy, governance and financial performance and the social, environmental and economic context within which it operates. ACCA is currently part of the pilot-programme being hosted by International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC).

 

Assisting South Korea SMEs in Moving Towards a "Green Economy".

InterPraxis is working as part of an international team together with the Korean Productivity Centre (KPC) to provide practical guidance and tools to accelerate South Korean SMEs in their move towards the new green economy. As part of this work we have helped to develop and design a diagnostic tool for SMEs to assess their environmental, social, and governance performance against today's most relevant sustainability and social responsibility performance indicators. We are now working with KPC to implement the programme and ensure that it responds to the practical needs of South Korea's SME business community. 

 

InterPraxis Carries Out Sustainability Assurance Engagement in Australia.

Together with Net Balance, we helped carry out a sustainability assurance engagement for a large Australian company with a broad range of assets in the retail, chemical and resources sector. The assurance engagement included an audit of the corporate headquarters as well as the various business subsidiaries. As part of our work we reviewed community engagements (particularly relating to mining activities) and carried out on-site reviews with local stakeholders. 

 

InterPraxis conducts multi-stakeholder consultations for the Office of the CSR Counsellor for the Extractive Sector.

InterPraxis worked closely with the Office of the CSR Counsellor to help develop and design an effective dispute resolution process for the Canadian extractive sector and international host communities. Our work resulted in a shared set of principles and values for the Office and recommendations on multi-stakeholder governance with the parameters set down by the Federal Government.   

Corporate Governance Renewal Project Led by InterPraxis in Caribbean.

InterPraxis was invited by the National Competitiveness Strategy Unit of Guyana to help design a set of relevant corporate governance standards for Guyana's business sector and in particularly its stock exchange, based on "international best practice", and to engage with relevant stakeholders to promote inter-institutional learning and dialogue between government , the business sector and civil society stakeholders. Topic covered included: Board leadership, board effectiveness, remuneration, stakeholder relations and accountability and audit.

InterPraxis working with Chinese Government to enhance accountability and improve performance auditing.

InterPraxis is working with Transparency International (Canada) on a project designed to improve the manner in which financial, human and physical resources are managed in Ningxia Hui (Autonomous Region) with regard to economy, efficiency and effectiveness as well as improving transparency and governance.

InterPraxis Director Shepherds Development of ISO 26000 standard.

InterPraxis Director, David Simpson continues to play an active role in the development of the ISO 26000 standard on social responsibility as an expert member of the International Working Group - participating in international meetings across the globe. David continues to be invited by a number of organizations in both Canada and abroad to present the standard and its future implications for business, government and civil society. He continues to advise organizations on how to enhance social responsibility performance in line with the guidance standard.  

InterPraxis Assures Data for Vancity's "Carbon-Neutral" Claim.

InterPraxis assured the energy, transportation and other CO2 data for the first North American financial institution to assert 'carbon neutrality' based on the protocols of ISO 14064 and the Green House Gas Protocols of the World Resource Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Vancity has raised the bar on the carbon neutral claim by not only accounting for its direct and indirect energy use, but also including the carbon emitted by business-related air travel and by its employees' commuting to work everyday. InterPraxis' contribution to this initiative were further by recognized by prominent environmentalist David Suzuki of the David Suzuki Foundation. For further information on Vancity's 'carbon neutrality' click here. 

InterPraxis featured speaker at ABF's conference on CSR in Singapore.

InterPraxis Director, David Simpson has been invited to deliver an address at the CSR conference presented by the Asia Business Forum. David will be speaking on "Cutting-edge Strategies to Building Accountability and Meeting Rising Stakeholder Expectations". The conference features a training session the following day. 

Thai Study on CSR: New Opportunities for Partner Collaboration.
InterPraxis recently conducted a study on CSR for the Thai-German Programme for Enterprise Competitiveness in Bangkok. The research highlighted opportunities for stakeholder dialogue and collaborative governance as a more effective way to achieve sustainable development results in public-private partnerships. <photos here>

Courses on Sustainability Delivered by InterPraxis  in Portugal.

InterPraxis was invited to lead two certified workshops on CSR / sustainability in Porto and Lisbon on behalf of The Accountability Project. Participants all scored the course very highly and an article on the workshop leader appeared in the Portuguese business daily Diario de Noticias (click here for article).

New GHG Verification Service Launched.

InterPraxis is pleased to announce that it now offers verification services on Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions. This verification service, based on two of the most internationally recognized standards in this area (ISO 14064 and WBCSD/WRI Protocol), is meant to help our clients better understand their climate change impact so that they can more effectively address these issues.

InterPraxis Assists TI with Anti-Corruption Project.

InterPraxis has been selected to assist Transparency International (Canada) in designing a project to help strengthen transparency and combat corruption in Henan Province, China.

SRI Certification feasibility study carried out by InterPraxis

InterPraxis recently completed a consultation and study for the Social Investment Organization on the feasibility of an SRI certification label in Canada for financial advisors and fund managers based on a model currently in place in Australia. 

InterPraxis Invited to Participate in GTZ Mission

InterPraxis was recently invited by the German Development Agency Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) to participate in an appraisal mission in China to help design a project framework on CSR. InterPraxis was joined by other experts from Peking University, the Bertelsmann Foundation and GTZ. It is anticipated that the project will be implemented over the next 2 years. <Click here to view photo gallery>.

InterPraxis Director Elected to International Council.

David Simpson has been elected as a Council Member of AccountAbility, an internationally-respected non-profit think tank dedicated to promoting accountability for sustainable development. David is the first Canadian to sit on the Council and is joined by 18 other colleagues from around the world. Accountability is headed by Dr. Simon Zadek and recently announced the appointment of Dr. Anwar Ibrahim (the former Deputy Prime-Minister of Malaysia) as Honorary President.

InterPraxis Leads CSR Project In China.

InterPraxis has been engaged to carry out a CSR assessment for a Canadian manufacturing company exploring investment opportunities in China. The project will focus on social and environmental risks and opportunities of doing business in China. InterPraxis previously participated in a manufacturing study tour in China focusing on the textile sector. <Click here to view photo gallery>.

A North American First: Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner. 

InterPraxis Director David Simpson has become the first North American to be designated as a Certified Lead Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (Lead CSAP) granted by the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA). <Click here for more info>.

Diageo Canada Invites InterPraxis to Assist with its Corporate Citizenship.

Diageo Canada, part of Diageo (the world's leading premium drinks company) has invited InterPraxis to assist it with its Corporate Citizenship Report. InterPraxis has been asked to review Diageo's corporate citizenship policies, activities and processes in Canada and provide assurance and expert commentary to Diageo's stakeholders on its Corporate Citizenship. Diageo is listed on both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good in the UK. InterPraxis will be applying the internationally recognized AA1000 Assurance Standard in this assignment. (12/05/05)

InterPraxis Engaged by Transparency International Canada.

Transparency International Canada has engaged InterPraxis to assist it with a current research project on promoting transparency and good governance at the municipal level. (01/01/05)

VanCity Members/Shareholders Re-appoint of InterPraxis as Independent Social Audit at AGM.

The Board and Social Audit Committee of VanCity Credit Union  recommended to its members that InterPraxis be re-appointed as its Social Auditor for 2005-06 and the members overwhelmingly endorsed this position at its AGM held in Vancouver  on April 5th, 2005. This marks the first time in North America (and possibly the world) that a Social Auditor will have been chosen by an organizations' own members / shareholders.

 

 

InterPraxis Director at CSA Conference on Climate Change, CSR and the Revised ISO 14001

 

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