CORE Media Statement in Support of Black and Indigenous Communities in Canada and Globally
Black and Indigenous lives, lived-experiences, and voices, matter. Today. Tomorrow. Always.
The Office of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) is deeply saddened by the witnessed acts of senseless violence against members of Black and Indigenous communities. As citizens of the world unite and advocate against anti-Black racism and systemic inequalities, we at CORE extend our support to Black and Indigenous communities in Canada and globally that are too often victims of racism and violence.
CORE acknowledges much work is needed to dismantle systemic and institutionalized racism that affects both individuals and communities in Canada, and around the world. Inspired by the commitments governments, companies, and civil society are making with empathy, courage and solidarity, CORE pledges to actively seek ways to support Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC).
As an arms-length office with a mandate to promote international human rights commitments and responsible business conduct, we understand that although we are all born with equal rights, to date, not everyone has been given equal opportunity to claim them.
In line with our mandate and commitment, we are determined to take action by listening, learning, and most importantly, doing.
Specifically, we commit to:
- Dedicate time and resources in and outside of work to learn about how racism, implicit bias, and privilege operate in the context of the activities of Canadian companies operating abroad.
- Implement a Gender and Diversity Strategy to benefit the diversity of the people we serve in an equitable manner by considering racial equity and its intersection with other factors such as gender, religion, age, ethnicity, language, or any other status throughout the full scope of CORE’s work
- Collect disaggregated data, including ethnic and race-based data, to track inequalities and progress.
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