Harper Government Continues Consultations to Review Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for Extractive Sector

Key objectives of the review include creating jobs and opportunities, and further enhancing Canada’s strong reputation as a global leader in mining

December 19, 2013 - Toronto, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Erin O’Toole, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, today led a round-table session to review Canada’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy for the Extractive Sector. The second session was held in Toronto with representatives of Canadian extractive-sector companies operating abroad and their associations.

The consultations are part of a five-year review and will help the Government of Canada develop a plan to better assist Canadian extractive companies operating abroad to improve their responsible business practices. These consultations complement the cross-country extractive sector consultations that the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, held in September and October 2013.

Today’s consultation follows a round table with representatives of civil society organizations held in Ottawa on December 12. All Canadians are invited to submit comments on the CSR Strategy review on the CSR website.

Quick facts

  • Extractive-sector (mining and oil and gas) exports generated $124 billion in 2012, accounting for over 28 percent of total Canadian domestic exports.
  • With interests in more than 8,000 properties in more than 100 countries, Canadian extractive-sector companies account for almost half the mining and exploration activity in the world.
  • Nearly 3,200 suppliers provide expertise and equipment to the sector, including hundreds of engineering, environmental, legal, financial and equipment companies.

Quotes

“These consultations on the CSR Strategy are providing new insights into how best our government can help our world-class Canadian extractive companies operating abroad to continue to develop and implement leading-edge responsible business practices. The success of Canadian companies in global markets creates jobs and opportunities for our trading partners abroad and for Canadians here at home.”

Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade

“Through these consultations with key stakeholders, we are sharing new ideas and fresh approaches to help us continue to lead the world in responsible business practices, while creating jobs, growth and prosperity here in Canada and in every corner of the globe.”

Erin O’Toole, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade

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Rudy Husny
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Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
613-992-7332

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