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Message from the Ombudsperson

I am excited to mark the four-year anniversary of the Office of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE).

As the first of its kind in the world there was no model for the work we were assigned when the office opened in May of 2019. During this inaugural period, my team and I have:

Over the next year we look forward to:

We will continue to refine and improve how we receive and report on complaints so that the work of the CORE, while protecting the privacy of complainants and others, is as transparent as possible.

Finally, a few words on the enhancement of my mandate. The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights recognizes the duty on states, including Canada, to ensure effective access to remedy for impacted individuals and communities. As I testified to Parliament, having the power to compel witnesses and documents would strengthen the CORE’s capacity to influence and strengthen the responsible business conduct of Canadian garment, mining and oil and gas companies and thereby our capacity to provide access to remedy to those impacted by the operations of these companies. I will continue to participate in the discussion to add these powers to the CORE’s toolbox.

I am proud of my team and the work we have undertaken so far and look forward to a busy and impactful year ahead.

Sheri Meyerhoffer
Canadian Ombud for Responsible Enterprise (CORE)

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