OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - April 01, 2016) - Export Development Canada (EDC) has again been ranked in the top ten among the Corporate Knights 2016 Future 40 Responsible Corporate Leaders in Canada.

"For EDC, good corporate social responsibility practices go beyond what happens within our walls," says Signi Schneider, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), EDC. "Each time we conduct a CSR review for a transaction, we aim to have a positive impact on the business community in the process. Being top ranked once again as a Future 40 Responsible Corporate Leader is a testament to our work in this area."

The sustainability of each organization is determined based on publicly available data across 12 sector-specific performance indicators, such as greenhouse gas emissions, health and safety, pay equity, leadership diversity and innovation.

Corporate Knights is a research organization, which annually assesses the sustainability of corporations in Canada. The Future 40 Responsible Corporate Leaders index recognizes organizations with revenues of less than $2 billion, or less than 2,000 employees. This year there were 107 organizations considered for the category.

"It's no easy feat to be a Future 40 company but the fact that EDC is once again among the top-ranked organizations is an illustration of its continued dedication to excellence in corporate sustainability," said Michael Yow, Lead Analyst, Corporate Knights. 

EDC is Canada's trade finance agency, and the leading provider of financing, insurance and bonding for Canadian companies of all sizes that do business outside of Canada.

"Sustainable business practices influence not only business decisions, but also business culture," says Schneider. "At EDC, we can see how our CSR practices have made a difference in increasing our employee community engagement, our commitment to green investment, and our focus on continuous improvement. As our CSR program continues to evolve, we will look to industry leaders for best practices, and to understand the needs of Canadian businesses."

This assessment recognizes the organizations which may one day be considered for the annual 'Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada', a ranking of organizations with annual revenues of more than 2 billion, and more than 2,000 employees, also released by Corporate Knights.

For a full outline of the Corporate Knights methodology, please visit the Corporate Knights page.

About EDC

EDC is Canada's trade finance agency, providing financing and insurance solutions locally and around the world to help Canadian companies of any size respond to international business opportunities. As a profitable Crown corporation that operates on commercial principles, EDC works together with private and public-sector financial institutions to create greater capacity for Canadian companies to engage in trade and investment.

For more information about how we can help your company, call us at 1-888-434-8508 or visit

Contact Information:

Caroline Elie
Export Development Canada
(613) 598-3063