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Ottawa, January 17, 2018 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has been at the forefront of the discussion on Canadian businesses’ social responsibility in Canada and abroad. We believe good conduct is not only ethical but is also a good business practice and an important part of the Canadian brand. 

As Canadian Chamber members invest in communities and create jobs all over the world, they have implemented numerous stringent initiatives on a variety of issues including business conduct overseas, the duty to consult with Indigenous peoples and reducing emissions to combat climate change. These initiatives have been part of an ongoing conversation led by the Canadian Chamber between businesses and governments. 

Following today’s announcement on the government’s creation of an Independent Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise and a multi-stakeholder advisory board, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce continues to support a balanced approach that works for communities, that promotes ethical conduct, and that supports the vital contribution that Canadian companies make to local economies worldwide. 

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce will continue to be engaged on these issues and explore opportunities to participate in and inform the dialogue with governments and with our members.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. Follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.

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Guillaum W. Dubreuil
Senior Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations