On December 12, 2013, Erin O'Toole, Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister of International Trade, launched consultations to
review the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy for the
Extractive Sector. The consultations are part of a five-year review
undertaken by the Government of Canada to help in formulating a
plan to further assist Canadian extractive companies who are
operating abroad with their responsible business practices.
The CSR Strategy was announced in March 2009 in a document
entitled ``Building the Canadian Advantage: A Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) Strategy for the Canadian International
Extractive Sector`` with the stated aim of improving the
competitive advantage of Canadian international extractive sector
companies by enhancing their ability to manage social and
environmental risks. The strategy has four pillars:
support for host country capacity-building initiatives related
to resource governance, and for host countries to benefit from
these resources so as to reduce poverty;
promotion of the following widely-recognized voluntary
international CSR performance guidelines:
The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises;
The International Finance Corporation Performance Standards on
Social and Environmental Sustainability;
The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights; and
The Global Reporting Initiative;
the Office of the Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor, to be
tasked with both an advisory and dispute resolution role; and
the Centre for Excellence in CSR, a multi-stakeholder body
operating at arm's length from the government.
These recent consultations of the CSR Strategy complement the
Canada-wide extractive sector consultations held by the Honourable
Edward Fast, Minister of International Trade, in September and
The first round table session with civil society organizations
was held in Ottawa on December 12, 2013. The second session, held
in Toronto on December 19, 2013, included representatives of
Canadian extractive-sector companies operating abroad and their
associations. The government is seeking input from all Canadians
with an interest in CSR within the extractive sector. The online
consultation process closed on January 8, 2014.
The Government's five-year review is expected to be released
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While that agreement mandated export measures on Canadian softwood lumber exports destined for the United States, it also protected those lumber exports from the potential imposition of onerous import measures by the U.S.
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