This is supplemental feedback to the third submission from the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) in response to requests for input on the various iterations throughout 2020 of the draft Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE).

In our engagement with the CORE we have been very clear that absent implementation of the mandate and powers to independently investigate human rights abuse allegations promised by the Government of Canada, no changes to the CORE’s SOPs would make the CORE fit for purpose. Our prior submissions have included recommendations to prepare the CORE to serve impacted communities once it is provided the promised powers as well as recommendations to help reduce the risk that the CORE’s processes or procedures will cause or exacerbate harms experienced by impacted communities.

The feedback we share in the attached focuses exclusively on:

1. highlighting key concerns about how the CORE as currently structured may cause harm, including in relation to project site visits without due consultation with, and consideration for attendant risks to, impacted communities, and

2. providing feedback to the CORE’s draft retaliation framework.

For more see the supplemental submission’s

Cover letter

Appendix I on CORE’s need to avoid harms

Appendix II on the CORE’s retaliation framework now