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SSHRC Grant awarded to CEARC and CMC

Date Published: July 22, 2019

Measuring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Canadian Co-operative Sector

The Sobey School of Business is pleased to announce that Dr. Daphne Rixon, Executive Director and Dr. Fiona Duguid, Research Fellow, Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Co-operatives (CEARC) have been awarded a Partnership Engage Grant of $24,900 to work with Co-operatives Mutuals Canada (CMC) on research that helps determine ways to measure how the Canadian co-operative sector is contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

"With the Sobey School's commitment to the Principles of Responsible Management Education, and the demonstrated support for the UN's SDGs among our faculty and students, this project is an exemplary case of our research having the potential for real-world impact with purpose," said Dean Harjeet Bhabra.

There is increased interest in these Goals (often shortened to SDGs) in Canada and around the world, and a growing recognition of their importance in building stability, resiliency, peace and public security. Co-operative businesses, anecdotally, have tended to have a reputation for community responsiveness and social responsibility that aligns well with these goals.

There is a key need for empirical, standardized data that can be reported by each co-operative to their members, as well as aggregated into a national dataset describing the co-operative sector as a whole. These data points can then be reported to the Federal government to support its’ measurement and reporting of the SDGs on the global stage.

After decades of work with the United Nations, 193 countries, including Canada, adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015. Since the signing, there has been a growing need and interest in how to measure and report on the SDGs. The Canadian co-operative sector does not have a mechanism to design, measure and report on the sector’s SDG impact. This Partnership Engage Grant (PEG) aims to answer the following: how is the Canadian co-operative sector contributing to Canada’s measurement and reporting on SDGs’ impact?

This project is comprised of online discussion boards, a survey, focus groups and through participatory action research ensures not only the central role of the community partner, CMC, in decision-making and intellectual leadership, but also ensures the development of practical, timely and beneficial SDG indictors that can be used by the co-operative sector.

Total funding for the project is $56,900 which includes $24,900 from SSHRC as well as in-kind funding of $15,000 from CEARC, $15,000 from CMC and $2,000 from IRECUS, Universite de Sherbrooke. Dr. Rixon is responsible for overall management of the project, Dr. Fiona Duguid, CEARC Research Fellow is the Research Lead and Daniel P. Brunette, Director of Advocacy and Partnerships, CMC is the partner representative.


For more information about this project, please contact Daphne Rixon: or Fiona Duguid:

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