Canada's export credit agency is reviewing its environmental and social risk management policies. Given the agency's repeated support for companies facing credible allegations of human rights abuse, environmental damage or other serious harms, such a review is long overdue. In this submission to Export Development Canada (EDC), we call for major reforms to EDC's due diligence processes and its public reporting.
Letters & Submissions
Even as it claims to be working to “tackle climate change,” Canada's export credit agency continues to provide roughly 10 billion dollars in support to fossil fuel companies each year. In this submission to Export Development Canada (EDC), we examine key weaknesses of the agency's climate change policy and make recommendations to bring it in line with Canada's international commitments.
In May Indian police shot and killed 13 people who were protesting pollution from a copper smelter owned by Vedanta Ltd, a client of Export Development Canada (EDC). In this letter, we seek answers from EDC's President and Chief Executive Officer regarding the actions taken by the public agency to respond to the shootings and the harms caused by its client's operations.
With this submission to the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Above Ground and Justiça Global welcome the opportunity to address points raised by Kinross Gold and Export Development Canada in response to our report "Swept Aside: An Investigation into Human Rights Abuse at Kinross Gold's Morro do Ouro Mine."
Hats off to The Globe and Mail for its reporting on Bombardier’s dealings in South Africa. Without it, Canadians may never have learned of allegations of corruption surrounding two South African contracts landed by the firm.
Above Ground and other members of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability provided the UN working group on business and human rights with input during its 2017 country visit to Canada. This submission provides the working group with complementary and updated information in anticipation of the release of its Canada visit report.