Writing in the Business and Human Rights Journal, our director Karyn Keenan relates how promises of a robust watchdog to investigate complaints against Canadian multinationals gave way to an office that lacks the powers to do its job.
Human rights advocates are denouncing the Canadian government’s financial support for a disastrous hydroelectric project in Colombia, as a leader from one of the affected communities arrives in Ottawa to meet today with officials at Export Development Canada (EDC) and Global Affairs Canada.
Fifteen months ago, the government announced it would create an independent office with the power to investigate abuses by Canadian companies operating abroad. Instead, it unveiled today a powerless advisory post, little different from what has already existed for years.
Last month Export Development Canada released its climate change policy. The policy does not commit the agency to reducing the billions of dollars in support it provides the oil and gas sector each year.
In this submission to the UN special rapporteur on racial discrimination, we call attention to the role that multinational companies’ home states can play in facilitating extractive projects that harm ethnic minorities.
In this letter to The Hill Times, we question Export Development Canada's claim that it's improving the social performance of companies it supports by “leveraging its financial relationship,” and call for legal reforms to ensure accountability.