TRANSFORM: Accelerating sustainability entrepreneurship experiments in local spaces

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

TRANSFORM: Accelerating sustainability entrepreneurship experiments in local spaces TRANSFORM: Accelerating sustainability entrepreneurship experiments in local spaces Despite promising efforts in social innovation and sustainability leadership from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), recent research suggests that the majority of SMEs have little interest in facilitating accelerated transitions toward sustainability. In light of ongoing international negotiations on climate change, and the announcement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (2015), it is clear that incremental approaches to sustainability are insufficient to deliver the necessary long-term trans-formational outcomes. We need a more targeted, evidence-based approach to engaging SMEs that helps to overcome substantial gaps in capacity. The TRANSFORM project addresses this challenge by activating a global network of research and practice hubs (in 8 countries, including 11 universities and 15 partners) that will build capacity in SMEs to transition to or adopt fundamentally sustainable business models such as social entrepreneurship, benefit corporations, and cooperatives. TRANSFORM works closely with SMEs to: 1) implement an interactive capacity-building process that enables SMEs to explore transformative approaches to sustainability; 2) cultivate, observe, and evaluate sustainability experiments in the small business community; 3) develop and disseminate a tailored transformation toolkit targeting business, government and civil society actors; and 4) draw on national and international examples to inform the design and implementation of Canadian sustainability and innovation policies at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date4/1/183/31/25

Funding

  • OTHER: Foreign Government: $228,706.00

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