CONGRÉGATION DE NOTRE-DAME CALLS ON CANADA TO ENSURE CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY IN OVERSEAS MINING OPERATIONS: CASE OF GUATEMALA CITED

MONTREAL  – The Leadership Team of the Congrégation de Notre- Dame has written to Canada’s Foreign Minister to request the establishment of clearly defined standards of corporate accountability for Canadian firms operating overseas.

“Internationally-accepted human rights, environmental and social standards should be observed by all companies registered in Canada, especially those which receive financial and political assistance from Ottawa,” said Sister Jo Badali, Congregation Leader.

The sisters’ letter asks Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay to publicly release the final report and recommendations of the Roundtables on extractive industries and corporate responsibility which the government hosted over the past months. The sisters also call for federal leadership in passing legislation to regulate the overseas operations of companies, thus making Canada a model of best international practices for extractive industries.

The Congrégation de Notre-Dame has over 1200 members, and is active in 9 countries around the world. In Guatemala, the sisters work in a region where a controversial Canadian gold mining project has proceeded in spite of the opposition of many indigenous people resident there.

For more information, please contact:
Sister Pierrette Boissé, cnd
Montreal, QC
Tel: 514-931-5891