(Ottawa) May 16, 2018
In today’s global economy, there is increased responsibility to consider social and environmental factors when companies conduct business. EDC is committed to ensuring it follows strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices, guided by a comprehensive framework.
Reviewing and implementing updates to the policies that govern EDC’s approach is essential to ensuring they remain relevant, streamlined and aligned with its corporate strategy, the changing nature of its business, and the way in which business and international trade finance are being conducted globally.
“These policies are central to who we are as an organization,” said Robert Fosco, Vice President, Environment and Corporate Responsibility at EDC. “Ensuring they remain as effective as possible is integral to our long-term strategy, and at the heart of our vision to help Canadian exporters thrive as leaders in sustainable and responsible business.”
While CSR at EDC has a broad scope, a fundamental element of its framework is a commitment to doing business in a socially and environmentally responsible way.
EDC is now inviting stakeholders from across the Canadian trade and business ecosystems to offer input and constructive feedback on the following key policies under its environmental and social risk management framework:
A discussion paper
has been published, and a dedicated webpage
has been created to further explain the review process.
Submissions are welcome during a 90-day comment period from May 14 – Aug 17, 2018. To foster transparency, submissions received from stakeholders will be posted to the EDC website. EDC will issue a Public Response Paper when the revised policies are released that summarizes the main areas of feedback with a high-level description of how EDC incorporated that feedback in the policy review outcomes (or, if not, why not).
EDC helps Canadian companies go, grow, and succeed in their international business. As a financial Crown corporation, EDC provides financing, insurance, bonding, trade knowledge, and matchmaking connections to help Canadian companies sell and invest abroad. EDC can also provide financial solutions to foreign buyers to facilitate and grow purchases from Canadian companies.
For more information about how we can help your company, call us at
1-888-434-8508 or visit www.edc.ca.
Export Development Canada