Historic injustices and systemic barriers continue to hold too many people back. We’re taking deliberate action in our workplace, communities and our customer relationships to help build a more equitable and inclusive society that respects human rights and enables people to flourish.
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Women in Trade Guide
Our free guide is full of insights and advice to help Canadian women-owned businesses succeed internationally.
EDC is committed to making global trade more inclusive, diverse and equitable
We care about people and strive to make the communities we live and work in better. We work to ensure our efforts are influencing better outcomes for people through our own actions and those of our customers.
The economic prosperity created through international trade isn’t possible without people, and respecting human rights is central to our responsibility as an export credit agency.
To foster a more inclusive and diverse Canadian economy, we offer targeted support to businesses owned or led by women, Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized Canadians, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ2+ community.
When EDC employees feel they belong and have an equal chance for success—regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability or experience—they’re more likely to realize their full potential and to help us drive change that benefits our customers, communities and the economy.
Sharing our time, talents and financial resources to help the communities where we live and work is an EDC tradition that is as important to our people as it is to those we serve. Therefore, EDC provides meaningful opportunities for our employees to connect with their local and global communities.
As an export credit agency, we have a responsibility to respect human rights across our operations. We continue to evolve and strengthen our practices in line with best practices and the changing trade landscape.
Released our Human Rights Statement
Started embedding human rights risks into our environmental and social due diligence practices
Assessed our practice against the UNGPs
Aligned our environmental and social due diligence practices with the UNGPs
Began review of our Environmental and Social Risk Management Policy Framework
Issued our first board-approved and dedicated Human Rights Policy
Developed and approved Principles on Leverage and Remedy. Disclosed our Due Diligence Framework: Human Rights
Women entrepreneurs discuss the challenges and opportunities of doing business internationally.
By the numbers: putting our social commitments into action
We believe that good social practices are key to EDC’s sustainability, to the long-term success of Canadian companies and to Canada’s international competitiveness and continued prosperity. As an organization, we aim to lead by example on diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2021:
Transactions underwent human rights screenings
Women-owned and -led business facilitated to date
Indigenous-owned and -led business facilitated to date
The percentage of EDC employees identifying as visible minorities
Increase in the percentage of persons with disabilities at EDC since 2020
Total donations in support of communities
ESG agreements and memberships
EDC is guided by a number of agreements and standards that form the foundation of our view of best practices when it comes to environmental, social and governance issues. We’re also a contributing member of organizations setting the standard for sustainable, responsible business. Learn more about our commitments.