Canada appoints first Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE)

Sheri Meyerhoffer, a lawyer in both private and international development has been announced as Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), a groundbreaking new role that is the first of its kind in the world. The appointment was made by Jim Carr Minister of International Trade Diversification in the effort to ensure human rights abuses arising from Canadian business operations are thoroughly investigated.

Minister Carr highlighted the need for the role, stating that “the creation of our Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise sets a new standard in promoting responsible business conduct globally. Building on Canada’s expertise and leadership in corporate responsibility, the Ombudsperson will help to ensure Canadian companies are upholding Canadian values and ideals, wherever they operate.” Along with the appointment of the Ombudsman, the Government of Canada has also created a “Multi-stakeholder Advisory Body on Responsible Business Conduct” to support the work of the CORE in ensuring responsible business conduct abroad.

The appointment comes as a result of the new approach to ‘Governor-in-Council appointment’, which aims to encourage transparency, openness and merit-based selection of candidates. The system has proven to attract high quality and diverse candidates that reflect the Canadian population.

For more information, see the Canadian Government website.

Sonja Duncan