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Message from the Ombud

In April 2019, I was appointed the first Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE). I immediately set about building a team, opening an office, and putting in place the operating procedures that would guide our work.

As the first entity of its kind in the world, the CORE had no precedent or template to follow. We devoted time to creating a strong foundation – consulting widely with experienced stakeholders and seeking guidance from established standards, including the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and The Venice Principles.

Upon that groundwork we developed an operating model for our office, including standard operating procedures and a robust complaint mechanism that enables people around the world to raise concerns and submit complaints regarding possible human rights abuses by Canadian companies operating overseas. We also established an office and built a team of employees who are dedicated to advancing Canada’s commitment to responsible business conduct.

As we near the 5th anniversary of my appointment, I am reflecting on some of our team’s key achievements, which include:

Over the coming year, we will:

I am very proud of what the CORE has achieved so far and look forward, along with my team, to continuing the work we are undertaking on behalf of Canada, its global reputation, and its people.

Sheri Meyerhoffer
Canadian Ombud for Responsible Enterprise

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