Policies

A-03

Canadian Corporate Responsibility Outside Canada

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Québec)

WHEREAS Canadian companies have been implicated in human rights violations and environmentally destructive practices in other countries, in contravention of several of both the business principles of the UN Global Compact, and the Sustainability Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development);

WHEREAS notwithstanding these practices, Canadian companies operating outside Canada receive support from the Government of Canada in many ways, such as:

  • financing through Export Development Canada loans and guarantees;
  • indirect insurance through Canada’s status as a member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency;
  • diplomatic and/or financial support through embassies, including intervention in legal cases;
  • technical and financial support of efforts to weaken mining codes in foreign countries (e.g. Columbia), diminishing their existing environmental and social safeguards;
  • government support of provisions in regional trade agreements that undermine legislation protecting the environment and public well-being;
  • privileged, non-transparent, access during the negotiations of regional trade agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA);
  • inclusion in Canadian trade missions.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the Government of Canada to enact legislation requiring Canadian companies that receive any form of support from the Government of Canada to:

  • meet the same human rights, labour and environmental standards in their operations outside Canada as they are required to meet within Canada;
  • comply with the ten business principles of the UN Global Compact, and the 17 Sustainability Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.