ESG   |   Social   |   Human rights   | 
 Inclusive trade   |   Inclusion, diversity and equity  |   Our communities

ESG  |   Social   |   Human rights   | 
 Inclusive trade   |   
Inclusion, diversity and equity
  |   Our communities


Removing barriers

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.  


News and highlights

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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.

View the guide

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Implementing ESG

An ESG strategy can improve the value of your company’s products and services while decreasing negative impacts on people and the environment.

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ESG survey: The SME perspective on sustainability

Discover key insights from 350 small- and medium-sized enterprises on how ESG/sustainability affects their business.

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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.



A timeline of human rights at EDC

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


Customer stories

Cyril Owona, President and Chief Executive of ISCI Inc.

Cyril Owona: How a career detour led to becoming founder of ISCI Inc.

How EDC helped this Black-owned business grow internationally

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Women entrepreneurs offer top tips for exporting to the U.S.

Owners of three women-led companies in the food-processing sector give tips for exporting to the U.S.

Women entrepreneurs beat challenges to grow globally

How women entrepreneurs overcome challenges to grow global sales

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.

Learn more about our agreements and memberships


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ESG   |   Social   |   Human rights   | 
 Inclusive trade   |   Inclusion, diversity and equity  |   Our communities

ESG  |   Social   |   Human rights   | 
 Inclusive trade   |   
Inclusion, diversity and equity
  |   Our communities



Date modified: 2023-05-03