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News 2011-2014

 

 

2014


Sustainable Development Week - France

During the 2014 annual Sustainable Development Week (Semaine du développement durable), a week-long event held each year in France since 2003, the GRIPIC (CELSA Paris-Sorbonne) organised a seminar on communications and sustainable development. On April 4th, Solange Tremblay presented the latest results of research she has conducted with Jacques Baronet over the last 8 years about the long-term evolution of web-based communication by major Canadian corporations on CSR/Sustainable Development. More info

 

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Mining Industry and Responsibility

“Mine development: A responsibility for communities, government and industry” was the opening plenary session theme of Québec Mines 2013 Conference on November 13, 2013. Dominique Ferrandhighlighted the importance of new communication practices concerning sustainability and the benefits of stakeholders’ involvement in the mining sector. Hosting some 1 900 participants from around the world, the Québec Mines 2013 Conference took place at the Quebec City Convention Center. Program

 

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Young generation – Tomorrow’s leaders

- The 9th edition of the 2014 24 heures de sciencesEntre art et science, mon cœur balance’’ hosted over 33 000 participants in May 2014. Sponsored by UNESCO, the event enhances dialogue between researchers and the population and promotes scientific careers as well as advanced courses to enrich young students' knowledge about their environment. Sustainable development, climatic changes and biodiversity loss were among the themes presented. Thérèse Drapeau, member of the Organisation Team since the first year of the event, leads the communication strategy each year and the numerous voluntary teams in charge of publicising the event throughout Quebec.

 

- On February 15, Carole Villeneuve was member of the jury for the 15th edition of the 2014  Délirium durable , at Collège de Rosemont, in Montreal. This collegial competition which promotes the development of new ideas towards sustainable development received over 70 students projects from 16 different collegial institutions in Quebec.

 

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Sustainable Production and Consumption

A workshop on “Strategic Opportunities for Sustainable Production and Consumption in North America” took place in Washington DC, on December 5, 2013. Organized by the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (NARSPAC) in cooperation with the Regional Office for North America of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP RONA), this workshop was a sharing and strategy session among stakeholders engaged in advancing sustainable consumption and production (SCP). Participants included US and Canada government representatives, civil society, academia, private sector and international organizations. Solange Tremblay was invited to describe the important role of communications in promoting sustainability’s values.  Agenda

 

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Natural Resources: dialogue with stakeholders

Dominique Ferrand co-authored L'industrie minière et le développement durable, a working document highlighting the importance of new practices in mining development such as the role of dialogue, transparency and stakeholders involvement in new governance models. Published in 2013, by la Chaire de recherche et d'intervention en éco-conseil de l'Université du Québc à Chicoutimi.  Document

 

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Education and Communication for Sustainable Development

- The Graduate Programme in CSR and Sustainability created at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 2009 celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. Co-founded by Solange Tremblay, this short program offered by the Faculty of Communications and the School of Management (ESG UQAM) was the first of its kind in Canada to offer courses given from the double perspective of management and communication. Programme


- Governance, ethical communication, accountability, stakeholders involvement, responsible communications are the main subjects covered by Solange Tremblay, Thérèse Drapeau and Carole Villeneuvein the courses they teach on communication and CSR/Sustainable development issues, at Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université de Sherbrooke.

 

Carole Villeneuve acted as a co-moderator at the 3rd edition of a workshop on communication for sustainable development (Université d'hiver de la communication pour le développement durable), organised by the Conseil québécois de la communication pour le développement durable du Réseau des femmes en environnement.  The event took place on March 26, 2014 at the Maison du développement durable in Montréal.

-  Thérèse Drapeau pursues her collaboration with the Regional Centers of Expertise on Education (RCE) to Sustainable Development Network created in 2004 by the United Nations University (UNU).  The conclusions of the 3rd International RCE of the Americas meeting that took place in Mexico (July 28 to August 1, 2014) were presented  at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, in Japan, in November 2014. This World Conference celebrates the transformative power that Education for Sustainable Development has gained throughout the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) led by UNESCO.

 

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People and urban wildlife

In November 2013, Thérèse Drapeau organised an international mission on the issues of urban wildlife and people attitudes by inviting Anne-Caroline Prévot-Julliard, a specialist from the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, Paris, France). In Montréal from November 18 to 22, Mrs Prévot-Julliard focused on the importance of communicating the real issues on these questions by raising public awareness about benefits as well as problems of a shared environment with urban wildlife, explaining her views from a global environmental psychology and sustainable approach. Some 200 people participated in the discussions.

 

 




 

 

 

 

October 2013


Event

 

World Social Sciences Forum 2013

 

Academics and researchers from more than 80 countries in Montreal

Social scientists from more than 80 countries shared their most recent research around the theme "Social Transformation and the Digital Age" during the World Social Sciences Forum, in Montreal, October 13 t0 15.  At the invitation of the International Social Science Council, over 750 experts from all spheres of social sciences gathered to debate topics of world significance, such as social movements and activism, sustainability, privacy and security, democracy, social media, ethics, governance, digitization of medicine, hacking and gaming.

Photo : CISS/ISSC

Guy Lachapelle, Secretary General of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University, led the organization of this second edition in Montreal.

More info

 

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Communication and Sustainability

Sustainable Development in the Digital Era

As part of the World Forum, the SUSTAINABILITY|COMMUNICATION Group hosted the workshop «Communication du développement durable :  opportunités et tensions à l’ère numérique».  Researchers from Université Paris-Sorbonne (Celsa), Université Aix-Marseille, Sherbrooke University, Université du Québec à Montréal and from the United Nations Environment Programme presented recent research results and shared views. Animated by Thérèse Drapeau, the workshop took place on Sunday October 13, 2013.

More info

Céline Pascual Espuny (Université Aix-Marseille), Thérèse Drapeau (SUSTAINABILITY|COMMUNICATION Group), Nicole D'Almeida (Université Paris-Sorbonne, Celsa) and Solange Tremblay (SUSTAINABILITY|COMMUNICATION Group). Missing in photo :  Fabienne Pierre (United Nations Environment Programme) and Jacques Baronet (Sherbrooke University).

 

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Communication and corporate social responsibility

Corporate discourses on sustainability

How does corporate discourse on sustainability evolve on these new platforms? A real added-value or just a passing fad? On October 13, Solange Tremblay and Jacques Baronet shared the conclusions of their latest research about web-based communication answering the question ‘Is sustainable development the new most important corporate value?'

More info

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Special Session on consumption and production towards sustainability

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The SUSTAINABLITY|COMMUNICATION Group coordinated the UNEP special session ‘Transforming consumption and production patterns towards sustainability: the role of social sciences’, at  the World Social Sciences Forum. This session was  facilitated by Thérèse Drapeau, on Monday, October 14.  Solange Tremblay and Guy Lachapelle shared views in a presentation titled « Understanding sustainable lifestyles worldwide and in North America», based on their participation in the North American component of the Global Survey for Sustainable Lifestyles conducted by the UNEP : this was the first world-wide survey on this subject targeting young adults (2009-2011).

More info

Jeffrey Barber (Integrative Strategies Forum, USA), Fabienne Pierre (United Nations Environment Programme - 10YFP Secretariat), Solange Tremblay and Thérèse Drapeau (SUSTAINABILITY|COMMUNICATION Group). Missing in photo : Heide Hackmann (Executive Director, International Social Science Council), Guy Lachapelle (Concordia University).

 

 

 




 

 

 

Fall 2012 - Spring 2013


Events


Aviation

On October 15th and 16th 2012, Dominique Ferrand took part in the first World Aviation Governance Forum , a high-level symposium, bringing together a select group of senior government and business leaders from 84 countries to launch an ongoing assessment of the critical subject of aviation enterprise governance. He talked about links between climate change, aviation and governance issues.                                                                                        

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Maison du développement durable

Carole Villeneuve shared her experiences during a Cataléthique cocktail conference on Communication and Sustainable Development at the Maison du développement durable on April 11th 2013. Her topic : communication issues for organisations in the context of their sustainable development process while reporting on their responsabilities through various reports.

More info

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Science for all

Thérèse Drapeau acted as moderator of a round table held during the 10th  Science pour tous colloquium on the theme of Regional Initiatives and Sustainable Development - New Priorities for scientific culture in Québec. The Public Actions and Sustainable Development Round Table panelists were Jean-Marc Gagnon (Éditions MultiMondes), Nancy Gingras (Productions du Grand Héron bleu) and Roger Gaudreault (Cascades). April 4th 2013 at the Sherbrooke Nature and Science Museum.

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ACFAS

Carole Villeneuve  took part with France Levert (senior counsellor, Environmental performance, Hydro-Québec)  in the colloquium «Communication de la responsabilité sociale des organisations: le défi de la crédibilité» during the 81st Congrès de l'ACFAS on Wednesday May 8th 2013, in Québec.

Presentation title : «Communicateurs et publicistes au Québec, un rendez-vous manqué avec le développement durable et la responsabilité sociétale des organisations?».

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Responsible investment

The opening speech delivered by Dominique Ferrand at the Social Investment Organisation Conference in June 2012 is now available both in French and English.                                                                                                                                                       

English version

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Publications

 

Management handbook

Carole Villeneuve is part of the team who wrote the handbook, Manuel de gestion du développement durable en entreprise: une approche progressive, under the direction of Jean Cadieux and Michel Dion, Fidès, June 2012.

More info

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Charter

A sustainable development charter adapted to the reality of the museum world  was approved during the last SMQ (Société des musées québécois) Annual Convention, held in Rivière-du-Loup in October 2012. Thérèse Drapeau was part of the team involved in the elaboration of this charter.

Charter

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Nomination

Congratulations to Jacques Baronet, Ph.D., member of the SUSTAINABILITY|COMMUNICATION Group,  who has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor at Sherbrooke University, Faculty of Management.

 

 




 

 

 

 

Spring - Summer 2012

 

 

Rio + 20

Socially-responsible investment (SRI)

In June 2012, Montreal hosted Canada's largest annual responsible investment summit, the Canadian Responsible Investment Conference. The 2012 theme, SRI+20 - The Future of Investing, set the stage for discussion on future opportunities and challenges on socially-responsible investment (SRI), building on the momentum leading up to the Earth Summit Rio+20 Conference. On June 19, Dominique Ferrand made a presentation on this topic:  ''Challenges to SRI: From mainstream to mainstreet''.

 

 

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Public relations - Currents 2012

In June 2012, over 300 professionals from across North America converged in Victoria (BC) for  the Canadian Public Relations Society National Conference, Currents 2012. On June 12, Solange Tremblay was invited to share new research results on sustainable development and CSR communications.

Title of her presentation : “How do you Rank your Skills in Sustainable Development and CSR Communications? "

Program

 

 

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Sustainable development policies

Two short articles on sustainable development policies written by Carole Villeneuve are available in the bulletin of the Institut de développement de produits. In French.

Part 1
Part 2

 

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Responsible Communications - Unisfera 2012

The Conference on Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility, an annual event organised by Unisfera, took place in Montreal, on April 25 and 26. Solange Tremblay spoke on the topic of responsible communications and sustainable development in the workshop “Public relations and responsible communications: an oxymoron?”.

Program

 

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Sustainable Development Week - France

Responsible communications

Solange Tremblay was a guest speaker on April 4th at a conference held during the 10th annnual Semaine du développement durable, a week-long event held each year in France. The conference was organized in Paris by the GRIPIC (CELSA Paris-Sorbonne) in collaboration with the Institut des sciences de la communication (CNRS).

Title of her presentation: " Du développement durable aux communications responsables "

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LASCO Seminar - Belgium

Communication and Sustainable Development in Large Companies

On April 13, Solange Tremblay spoke at the Seminar on the environmental communication held by the LASCO (Laboratory for the Analysis of Organisational Communication Systems) at the Université catholique de Louvain, in Belgium. Her presentation was based on the results of an extensive 5-years research study on the long-term evolution of web-based communication about sustainable development and social responsibility by large Canadian businesses. This research, the first of its kind, was conducted in collaboration with Jacques Baronet of the University of Sherbrooke and member of the SUSTAINABILITY|COMMUNICATION Group.

Title (Presentation in French) : " L’évolution du développement durable dans les très grandes entreprises : les communications web sous la loupe ".

 

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CELSA - Paris

Solange Tremblay led a seminar on the sustainable development communication strategies of large organizations at the CELSA (Graduate School in information and communication sciences – Paris-Sorbonne University) on April 12, 2012.

Title (Presentation in French) : " Très grandes entreprises et développement durable - Simple flirt ou relation durable ? "


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80th scientific Conference of Acfas

Carole Villeneuve spoke at the 80th meeting of ACFAS, an association dedicated to the advancement of science in the Francophonie. Her presentation was part of a workshop about the integration of sustainable development into college and university curriculum (Intégration du développement durable à la formation post-secondaire, objectifs d’apprentissage et pratiques innovantes), in Palais des Congrès (Montréal), on May 8, 2012.


Title of her presentation (French) : "Élaboration du cours en développement durable du premier programme de baccalauréat en études de l'environnement (CUFE) - Pratiques d'enseignement concrètes et leçons à tirer".

Program

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Public relations without borders

On February 29, 2012 Gabrielle Collu shared her experience as chief of the voluntary mission for Public relations without borders in Burkina Faso, in a conference on communication and marketing at the Université de Sherbrooke. 

Title (Presentation in French) : " La communication dans les pays en développement ".

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Museums - Charter on Sustainable Development

Therese Drapeau is member of a group working on a charter on sustainable development as applied to museums. This initiative of the Société des musées québécois (SMQ) aims to support museums in their sustainable development activities, in relation with the Agenda 21 for culture lead by the Quebec Ministry of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women (MCCCF).

More information

 

 




 

 

January 2012


Now available in French and English.

 


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Welcome !

The SUSTAINABILITY | COMMUNICATION Group focuses on issues related to communication, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, as well as ethics in communications.

Welcome to our new English web site !

 

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Milestones

What is the importance of communication in relation to sustainable development? What are the basis and the ethical foundations of responsible communications ?

Some important milestones

 

 




 

 

2011


Research Results

Web-based communication about sustainable development
Some one hundred major Canadian businesses under the magnifying glass

More than a passing fad that could disappear within a few years, an original research reveals that Web-based communication about sustainable development in large Canadian businesses is now a top priority. Conducted by Solange Tremblay and Jacques Baronet over a period of 5 years,  the study  is the first to examine on a large scale the long-term evolution of web-based communication on these issues, by major Canadian corporations.

Title : The Communication of Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility in Large Canadian Companies - Communication Trends on the Web: 2006 to 2010


Highlights

 

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International Research

Sustsainable Lifestyles and Communication 

Young adults ready to change their behavior based on sustainable values 

Solange Tremblay and Guy Lachapelle led the North American portion of the Global Survey for Sustainable Lifestyles sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) : one of the first in-depth surveys to be carried out worldwide.

The authors with Louise Dandurand, Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies at Concordia University, and Yves Mauffette, Vice-President, Research at the Université du Québec à Montréal

 

More information


Young adults have very specific ideas about what it takes to build a more sustainable world. And they are willing to make the necessary changes to their lifestyles to make such a world a reality.But communication is severely lacking. This is the conclusion drawn from the Global Survey for Sustainable Lifestyles (GSSL), sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): one of the first in-depth surveys to be carried out worldwide. More than 8,000 young adults from 20 countries responded to an online questionnaire available in 10 languages. Solange Tremblay led the North American part of this international project in close collaboration with Guy Lachapelle.

 

North America (Canada and USA)

Country Papers

- Global Results in Visions for Change - Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles

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International solidarity

Mission against gender-based violence

Our colleague Gabrielle Collu is head of mission for the not for profit organization Public Relations without Borders (PRWB). In 2011, she led PRWB’s first two missions to Burkina Faso.

As voluntary mission chief, she works closely with Oxfam-Québec to provide communications' counsel and support to the national coalition against gender-based violence. Gender-based violence is a serious obstacle to human and sustainable development.

Annual Report

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New publication

Communication and sustainable development

What role does communication play in sustainable development ?  What values guide and inform communication ? What are responsible communications ? Solange Tremblay examines this subject in an article published in Télescope (ÉNAP) - a special edition on sustainable development.

Article

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Conferences and panels

International Conference on Small and Medium Enterprises and sustainable development

• Dominique Ferrand was member of the scientific Committee of the international Conference on SME towards sustainable development (PME en marche vers le développement durable), October 20-22, at UQAM, Montreal. He chaired a session focussing on new entrepreneurial approaches to reach sustainable development.

• During the same conference, Carole Villeneuve chaired the launch of the book Comprendre la responsabilité sociale de l'entreprise et agir sur les bases de la norme ISO 26 000 and the panel that followed, as well as the launch of Vigie-PME, a monitoring tool for small and medium enerprises.

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Conferences and panels

Debate at the Montreal International Documentary Festival

On November 19th, Thérèse Drapeau acted as the moderator of the debate «Is sustainable forest exploitation possible?» during the Montreal International Documentary Festival  (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal -RIDM). This event followed the screening of the film Rain Forest (2011) and the panel included the film director, Richard Boyce and Christian Messier, chairholder, Chair NSERC/Hydro-Québec on trees growth (UQAM).

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