VICTORIA — B.C. officials are embarking on a 10-day trade mission to Europe.
Ravi Kahlon, minister of jobs, will meet with key public- and private-sector partners in five European countries, building on B.C.’s reputation as a leader in ESG (environmental, social, governance) standards.
“As we begin to take the next steps to emerge from the challenges of the past two years, we are entering into a new world with a fast-changing global economy,” said Kahlon in a statement. “That’s why I’m building off my recent U.S. trip and taking our StrongerBC Economic Plan to Europe to meet with emerging companies and industry leaders who are attracted to B.C.’s position as a climate leader with strong ESG credentials.”
The minister will meet with partners, investors and members of government in the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Germany and Finland. Topics will include mutual areas of interest, such as agri-tech, mass timber, life sciences and biomanufacturing, the emerging hydrogen sector, clean-energy solutions and new technologies to improve supply chains.
B.C. is also planning a new ESG Centre of Excellence to provide support for B.C. businesses looking to develop, promote and market their goods and services under provincial ESG brand.
The trip is part of a larger outreach program to meet with businesses, industry groups, Indigenous leaders, academics, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, regulators and others to hear how the centre can help maximize competitiveness and increase investments, commercial activity and jobs for B.C. businesses.
The province noted interest in ESG-conscious investment is booming internationally as concerns about the climate crisis, cyber security, corruption and systemic discrimination continue to grow.