Business Integrity

Corporate sustainability and responsibility

We view business ethics as fundamental to successful business practices. Operating ethically means, at a minimum, conducting our affairs in accordance with the letter and spirit of the applicable laws of the countries in which we do business.

Our Code of Business Ethics defines our commitment to legal and ethical conduct, the environment and human rights. Our Code of Conduct spells out the policies and procedures that govern our behaviour.

As a member state of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada is a signatory to the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions and passed the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, which guides us. We are also a member of the OECD Working Party on Export Credits and Credit Guarantees, and are bound by the OECD Council Recommendation on Bribery and Officially Supported Export Credits.

We are also guided by certain agreements governing international trade including Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the World Trade Organization’s Countervail Measures Agreement and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

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Anti-Corruption Program

Our Anti-Corruption Program, developed in response to the OECD Convention, consists of processes and documentary safeguards including the requirement for applicants for our support to sign an anti-corruption declaration and/or representations and covenants. We also send an Anti-Corruption Brochure to all customers, which explains the challenges of avoiding corruption in international trade and suggests actions companies might take to protect themselves.

Combatting bribery and corruption

Read EDC's Approach on Combatting Bribery and Corruption in International Business Transactions.

December 9th is International Anti-Corruption Day

Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies.

International Anti-corruption Day is part of a global campaign to raise awareness of the need to combat corruption.

We invite you to familiarize yourself with the risks of corruption and bribery in international business transactions. Would you like to take the quiz? Watch a video to learn about the risks. Are you a small business struggling with these issues?

Transparency

We are accountable to many stakeholders including the Government of Canada, customers, employees and the larger domestic and international community and we do our best to conduct business transparently, in order to maintain their trust and confidence.

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