VICTORIA — British Columbia officials are embarking on a 10-day trade mission to Europe.
Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Employment, will meet with key public and private sector partners in five European countries, building on British Columbia’s reputation as a leader in ESG (environmental, social and of 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 in a statement. “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.
The Minister will meet with partners, investors and government officials from 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.
BC is also planning a new ESG Center of Excellence to provide support to BC companies seeking to develop, promote and market their goods and services under the provincial ESG brand.
The trip is part of a larger outreach program to meet with businesses, industry groups, Indigenous leaders, academics, financial institutions, nonprofits, regulators and others to learn how the center can help maximize competitiveness and increase investment, business activity and jobs. for British Columbia businesses.
The province noted that interest in ESG-conscious investments is growing internationally as concerns about the climate crisis, cybersecurity, corruption and systemic discrimination continue to grow.