This area involves action by people locally to create economic opportunities that improve social conditions, particularly for those who are most disadvantaged. Research and experience demonstrate that rapid, unbridled economic growth does not serve all members of a community equally. The type of that growth matters, and Enough For All recommends supporting CED approaches that provide the greatest social benefit. Projects within this focus area include encouraging for-profit and not-for-profit social enterprise, co-operative development, and exploring opportunities for local investment.
Enough For All also recognizes the critical importance of engaging with local businesses to consider the social impact of their internal policies and practices. VCC is looking to support the business sector in adopting “inclusive business practices”, including ethical procurement, compensation in consideration of Calgary’s Living Wage, providing key employment supports, progressive hiring practices to ensure diversity and providing opportunities for workers with disabilities.