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Paving the Way for Responsible Business Conduct in the Decade of Action
Paving the Way for Responsible Business Conduct in the Decade of Action

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact were created to help businesses embrace, support and build sustainability into their core strategic and operational functions and their spheres of influence. With the COVID-19 pandemic into its second year, businesses now more than ever need to strengthen their commitments towards the Ten Principles under these four pillars: Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption which will help ensure a strong economic recovery.

With COVID-19 undoing some of the progress that has been made in these key areas while creating new challenges for consideration, how can Canadian businesses employ the Ten Principles to realign their commitments, goals and accelerate progress for responsible business conduct in the Decade of Action?

Join us for a 5-part webinar series that will bring together representatives from business and government to explore how organizations can optimize their economic recovery through a Principles-based approach and how uniting business will help accelerate progress locally and abroad.

Webinar Series

Session 1 – The 4th Industrial Revolution and Human Rights: Doing Business Responsibly in the New Era
Date: April 15, 2021
Time: 1pm – 2pm EDT
This webinar aims to discuss the evolving considerations for human rights for businesses in today’s world and how businesses can future-proof human rights due diligence. The pandemic has accelerated the pace of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). For the first time, new technologies are merging the physical, digital and biological spaces affecting all disciplines, countries and sectors. The human rights treaties developed by the United Nations have outlined our understanding of human rights conduct in business for decades. As a result of COVID-19 and in light of the 4IR, it is imperative to revisit the human rights considerations from a modern world perspective.


Abiola Okpechi: Subject Matter Expert - Business & Human Rights, Assent ComplianceDominic Channer: Vice-President Community Relations, Kinross Gold CorporationJulie Garfieldt Kofoed: Head of Human Rights, UN Global Compact

Session 2 – Respecting Labour Rights: Business Leaders and the Changing Landscape of Decent Work
Date: May 13, 2021
Time: 1pm – 2pm EDT
Businesses are only able to offer decent work if they respect and protect the rights of workers and assure compliance with labour standards. While Canada has comprehensive legislation related to labour and the workplace, the pandemic has fundamentally changed the ways that Canadians work and, in some cases, widened the gaps that prevent workers, especially women and underrepresented groups, from accessing opportunities for decent work. To future-proof business and foster resiliency in the face of crisis, companies must embed and reinforce decent work principles across their operations and supply chains. This webinar aims to discuss how businesses are viewing this changing landscape and how they are approaching decent work both within their organization and their supply chain.


Eira Thomas: President & CEO : Lucara DiamondKevin B. Coon: Partner, Baker McKenzie L.L.P.Mari-lou Dupont: Senior Manager - UN Global Compact

Session 3 – Refocusing the Decade of Delivery: How Businesses Can Drive Ambitious Corporate Climate Action
Date: June 10, 2021
Time: 1pm – 2pm EDT
Derived from the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, Environment is one of the four pillars of the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles. This Principles-based approach to business encourages organizations to “support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges, undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility, and encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.” This webinar aims to discuss how Canadian companies have leveraged sustainable business models and practices to define challenges, implement solutions and measure outcomes to further drive accelerated corporate climate action.


Catherine Thibault: Director, Public Affairs and Global Communications - CAELila Karbassi : Chief Programmes - UN Global CompactRachel Bannon-Godfrey, Senior Principal, Sustainability Discipline Leader: Stantec BuildingsWilliam Surphlis : President and Founder - Brooklin Consulting

Session 4 – Building Resilience: The Evolving Role of Corporate Governance
Date: July 8, 2021
Time: 1pm – 2pm EDT
Businesses are facing a host of vulnerabilities in light of the pandemic. With supply chains having to bear the weight of quarantine measures, border closures and delays due to outbreaks in the manufacturing sector, companies are exposed to increased risks of fraud, corruption and cyber-security. To combat these challenges, businesses must reconsider their corporate governance frameworks to ensure transparency. This webinar aims to discuss how companies are re-evaluating the way of doing business and their priority considerations regarding risk management and resilience.


Marian Van Hoek - General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer: BASF CanadaNeelam Sandhu : Senior Vice President & Chief Elite Customer Success Officer, BlackberryPatricia Alleyn: Head of Integrity Program - SNC Lavalin

  • Marian Van Hoek, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, BASF Canada
  • Neelam Sandhu, Senior Vice President & Chief Elite Customer Success Officer, Blackberry
  • Patricia Alleyn, Head of the Integrity Program, SNC-Lavalin

Session 5 – Canada and Beyond: A Principles-Based Approach to Building Back Better
Date: August 12, 2021
Time: 1pm – 2pm EDT
The pandemic has created an unprecedented shift in our approach to tackling the biggest challenges of our time. The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact within four pillars: human rights, labour rights, environmental protection and anti-corruption, are key issue areas that have been severely impacted but are fundamental in accelerating the actions needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda. This webinar aims to explore how the Government of Canada is addressing these challenge areas and what are the broader implications of Canada’s international efforts to promote the principles of sustainable development in the Decade of Action.


Chris Moran - Director General, Trade Portfolio Strategy Coordination Bureau : Global Affairs CanadaCraig Ryan - Director, Sustainability & ESG: BDCOlivier Bullion, Director, Sustainable Development Goals Unit, Employment and Social Development Canada

  • Chris Moran, Director General, Trade Portfolio Strategy Coordination Bureau, Global Affairs Canada
  • Craig Ryan, Director, Sustainability & ESG, BDC
  • Olivier Bullion, Director, Sustainable Development Goals Unit, Employment and Social Development Canada