Provincial minister travels to Europe on trade mission

Ravi Kahlon, MP for North Delta and Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, begins a 10-day trade mission to Europe on Sunday.

Starting May 22, the mission will see the Minister meet with key public and private sector partners in five European countries, with the aim of strengthening British Columbia’s reputation as a leader in ESG (environmental , social and governance).

“As we begin to take the next steps out of the challenges of the past two years, we are entering a new world with a rapidly changing global economy,” Kahlon said. “That’s why I’m building on my recent trip to the United States and bringing our StrongerBC economic plan to Europe to meet emerging businesses and industry leaders who are drawn to BC’s position. as a climate leader with strong ESG credentials.

“This trip will help create well-paying jobs for individuals and families here in British Columbia and position our province as a leader in attracting global investment.

According to a government press release, Kahlon will meet with partners, investors and government officials in the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Germany and Finland. Topics will include areas of mutual interest, such as agri-technology, solid wood, life sciences and bio-manufacturing, the emerging hydrogen sector, clean energy solutions and new technologies for improve supply chains.

Announced in the StrongerBC Economic Plan, the new ESG Center of Excellence will provide support for BC businesses to develop, promote and market their goods and services under a globally respected provincial ESG brand. The center will help companies increase their ability to meet international ESG standards and reporting requirements, be competitive and increase business opportunities.

“It is critical that organizations intentionally integrate ESG into holistic business strategies and reporting, and the ESG Center of Excellence will help promote ESG principles within British Columbia,” said Lori Mathison, President and CEO, Chartered Professional Accountants British Columbia. “As companies strive to meet these ESG standards, our economy will be even more sustainable and resilient, and the ESG Center of Excellence will help create a cohesive provincial strategy for international markets.

Alongside this trip to Europe, the department will launch an extensive outreach program to meet with businesses, industry groups, Indigenous leaders, academics, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, regulators and others. people to learn how the center can help maximize competitiveness and increase investment. , business activity and jobs for British Columbia businesses.

Mary I. Bruner