Corporate sustainability and responsibility at EDC

At EDC, we know that responsible and sustainable business is a proven formula for long-term success. That’s why our goal is to help Canadian companies become internationally recognized as leaders in sustainability and responsibility, giving them the competitive advantage they need to succeed.

Our principles

Our commitment to corporate social responsibility is focused on ensuring our operations protect the environment and people, conducting our business with the highest level of integrity, building a supportive and inclusive workplace, and contributing to the communities where we live and work. Our entire organization is focused on these four priority areas with clear measures to track our progress. And to make sure we stay at the forefront of CSR practices, an advisory council of prominent Canadian experts in the fields of human rights, corruption and climate change provides us with advice and guidance.

CSR in our integrated annual report

As of 2018, our CSR Annual Report became part of our integrated annual report.

 

 

Environment and people

  • Taking action on climate change risks and opportunities
  • Respecting human rights
  • Contributing to the competitiveness of our customers by promoting strong environmental and social performance

We understand that there are environmental and social risks in the businesses we support, which is why we have strong procedures to identify and reduce potential negative impacts. We also use our expertise to help Canadian companies improve their environmental and social performance, helping them compete and win in the global marketplace.

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Environment and people
Business integrity

Business integrity

  • Implementing a robust approach to combatting financial crimes
  • Conducting our business with honesty, fairness and integrity

Navigating the complexities of international business is one thing; doing it in a way that avoids bribery and corruption is an even greater challenge. EDC’s business integrity team responds to the needs of Canadian companies grappling with these issues—many of whom may not understand the impact corruption can have on their businesses and what they can do about it.

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Our workplace

  • Inspiring our workforce
  • Fostering a diverse workplace and inclusive culture
  • Embedding a sustainable and responsible business culture across the entire organization

We don’t leave diversity to chance. Our recruitment process uses an outreach network that includes diverse talent from aboriginal people, people with disabilities, visible minorities, women and internationally trained professionals. Our diversity strengthens our ability to support Canadian exporters at home and abroad.

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Our workplace
Our communities

Our communities

  • Strengthening communities by supporting causes our employees care about
  • Leveraging our skills and expertise for innovation and positive social impact

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EDC and CARE

Every year, four of our employees spend four months at CARE offices around the world providing their expertise to CARE’s Enterprise and Economic Development Program. This helps small enterprises and communities in places like Zambia and Peru.

Today, as I look back at the last four months, I’m grateful to be working for an organization like EDC which believes in CARE’s mission. I’m hopeful for the future and a world with justice and equality. I’m also hopeful that in my short stay I contributed to CARE’s mission and perhaps was able to leave something that will strengthen the organization in the future.

Veronica Giggey  —  EDC employee

CSR Advisory Council

To ensure we continually improve our social responsibility practices, we created a Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Advisory Council of prominent experts to advise on and guide our CSR practices. Click here to learn more.