This month, the B Corp campaign is called “We Go Beyond.” This campaign will highlight the community of businesses who go beyond the harmful status quo and take action to transform the economic system.
Cathexis is a proud Certified B Corporation, so we asked the Cathexis team: “What does it mean for Cathexis to go beyond?”
Here’s what some of our team members had to say.
Lynn: “At Cathexis, we go beyond by customizing our evaluation services to meet our clients’ individual needs, many of whom work in education. As an evaluator and an educator, and I strongly believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality education. To support this goal, I strive to go above and beyond in the services we provide. Whether we’re evaluating programs that focus on early childhood literacy or initiatives that aim to promote equity and inclusion in higher education, I’m committed to helping our clients evaluate and improve their efforts to support learners.”
Denise: “One of the things that first attracted me to Cathexis was the desire to drive change in an ethical manner. This was further reinforced with project debriefs reviewing ‘impact’ and WOW [our organizational KPI for determining top-quality projects that bring out the best in team and client satisfaction, and evidence of impact]. Personally, I am motivated by projects that have an impact on marginalized and vulnerable persons where the analysis and evaluation can trigger a change in funding, access or expanding awareness.”
Liz: “I go beyond for my clients by really getting to know who they are, as organizations and as people. What makes them frustrated? What challenges are they up against? What brings them joy? And then I think, what can I offer through my skills to make things a little bit easier or more fun for them?”
Rochelle: “At Cathexis we are going beyond our own backgrounds and comfort zones by learning about Canada’s colonial history and taking small steps to dismantle systems that continue to oppress Indigenous peoples. We started by learning about how the Canadian government had moved First Nations to small parcels of land where it was impossible to sustain themselves through their traditional hunting, gathering or farming; how traditional languages, regalia and Ceremony were banned; and how children were pulled away from their families so they could be “educated” in colonial ways. Guided by our first Reconciliation Action Plan, we’re now building relationships with Indigenous consultants and businesses, applying culturally responsive practices in our work, and financially supporting the land back movement.
Some resources we have found helpful so far are:
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
- The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
- A Treaty Guide for Torontonians by Talking Treaties Collective”
Interested in learning more about the We Go Beyond campaign? Check out bcorpmonth.com!