Canada launches review of extractive sector CSR office
03 November 2010

​On the 20 October 2010, the formal launch of the review process of Canada’s Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor was announced.
​The Office of the Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor was established in October of 2009, as part of the Canadian Government’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy for the International Extractive Sector. The CSR strategy is designed to help Canadian mining, oil and gas companies meet their social and environmental responsibilities when operating abroad.

The role of the CSR Counsellor is to review the CSR practices of all Canadian extractive sector companies operating outside of Canada and is based on the following endorsed performance standards: the IFC Performance Standards, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and The Global Reporting Initiative. The review process aims to promote constructive dialogue and creative problem solving.

The review mechanism used in this process, involved nearly a year of extensive outreach, dialogue and consultation, in order to ensure fair, credible and meaningful output.