The Maytree Foundation recently held a contest asking what businesses can learn from non-profits and received advice from across Canada. The top five entries have just been announced, including a winning entry from TRIEC’s Charles Achampong, Manager, Corporate and Stakeholder Relations, Toronto. His tip: Hire globally by sourcing locally.

1. Hire globally by sourcing locally
(Charles Achampong, Manager, Corporate & Stakeholder Relations, TRIEC)

If your staff and board do not reflect the community you serve, chances are you are not going to understand their needs. With today’s demographic trends, in urban centres like Vancouver and Toronto, this means hiring skilled immigrants and visible minorities. It’s not just about equality; it’s about the expanded capacity to link to new markets, enhanced innovation, stronger social capital and, ultimately, the bottom line.

Read the remaining winning entries.