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Cablegate: Canada's Response to Iso Social Responsibility

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SUBJECT: CANADA'S RESPONSE TO ISO SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
DRAFT STANDARD

REF: STATE 55239

1. Econoff delivered reftel information regarding USG
concerns on ISO Social Responsibility Draft Standard to
Yolanda Banks, Senior Advisor for Corporate Social
Responsibility and Public Affairs at Export Development
Canada; Georgina Wainwright-Kemdirim, Senior Policy Analyst
for Strategic Policy at Industry Canada; and Carlos
Rojas-Arbulu, Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for
Corporate Social Responsibility at the Department of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Banks is the
Canadian representative to the ISO and will attend the next
Working Group meeting in Santiago, Chile. She stated she
shares U.S. concerns about the effect of ISO 26000 on
technical barriers to trade (TBT) and human rights issues,
but is not convinced that they are problematic. Banks asked
if the U.S. could provide an example of voluntary standards
that have become TBT. Wainwright-Kemdirim said the GOC will
consider increasing Canadian representation at the September
Working Group.

2. We request that the Department provide us with the
examples of voluntary standards that are technical barriers
to trade which we can pass to the Canadians.

Visit Canada,s Economy and Environment Forum at
http://www.intelink.gov/communities/state/can ada

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