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Resources and tools for responsible business conduct

The Government of Canada provides guidance on responsible business conduct abroad to the Canadian business community through the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS). With trade offices across Canada and in over 160 locations around the world, the TCS plays an important role in providing responsible business conduct advice and guidance to Canadian companies already active abroad or looking to expand to new markets.

The TCS and Canada’s network of diplomatic missions abroad promotes responsible business practices and creates opportunities for relationship building through conferences, workshops and other activities involving companies, representatives of host governments, civil society organizations and communities.

To advance responsible business conduct abroad, Global Affairs Canada’s Responsible Business Fund provides funding to help develop and deliver approximately 50 projects and initiatives each year in countries around the world, via Canada’s network of missions abroad. The Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise and Canada’s National Contact Point for Responsible Business Conduct can also provide responsible business conduct advice to Canadian businesses.

Global Affairs Canada tools and resources

Responsible business conduct snapshots for companies

Other Government of Canada tools and resources

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada: Corporate Social Responsibility homepage

Natural Resources Canada: Corporate Social Responsibility homepage

Employment and Social Development Canada - Supporting the Forced Labour Import Ban and Social Corporate Responsibility initiatives

Export Development Canada (EDC) - Corporate sustainability and responsibility

Business Development Canada (BDC) - We’re a B Corp (A certified beneficial company)

Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) - Commitment to Responsible Business Conduct

Resources from partner organizations

Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) - Provides information and resources (such as the documents below) to help organizations implement the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

UNICEF Canada Corporate Social Responsibility – Provides tools for businesses to integrate children’s rights into their policies and due diligence.

International Labour Organization - Brings together governments, employers and workers to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.

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