Corporate social responsibility principles and practices make Canadian companies more innovative, productive and competitive. Defined as the integration of economic, environmental and social imperatives—the triple bottom line—corporate social responsibility addresses a range of related business issues. These issues include environmental protection, human rights, human resource practices, health and safety, labour relations, corporate governance, community engagement, consumer protection, supplier relations, anti-bribery and corruption, ethics, stakeholder relations, and philanthropy.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada maintains a Corporate Social Responsibility website that includes:
- an overview with a complete description of corporate social responsibility principles and practices;
- a range of useful tools for companies interested in advancing their corporate social responsibility practices, including a CSR Toolkit and SME Sustainability Road Map;
- the business case for corporate social responsibility and descriptions of selected initiatives by industry;
- supportive information; and
- links for further research.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's corporate social responsibility activities and policies are coordinated through the Policy and Regulatory Affairs directorate in the Strategic Policy Branch.