“But I thought bankers didn’t care about the world?”
Occupation: Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility | Export Development Canada
What is Signi’s role at this bank?
Areas under EDC’s CSR program include:
- business ethics including anti-corruption and respecting human rights,
- review of EDC-facilitated exports and investments for environmental impacts and impacts on people and corresponding mitigation of these,
- corporate outreach relationships,
- EDC’s community investment program which includes scholarships, sponsorships, relationships with academic institutions and our Beyond Exports program with CARE Canada which loans EDC employees to CARE Canada for international volunteer postings for a four-month period.
- The CSR program also is responsible for reporting on EDC’s CSR commitments through the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). This includes reporting on our environmental footprint of our LEED Gold Certified Slater Street headquarters.
Personal and Professional Experiences
- Ms. Schneider has a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University
- In 2002, Schneider began working at Export Development Canada (Canada’s export credit agency that provides financing and insurance solutions locally as well as around the world to help Canadian companies to respond to international business opportunities)
- Signi has worked as the Director of the Political and Human Rights Risk Assessment Department where she oversaw political risk and human rights risk assessments in more than 120 emerging markets
- In 2008, Schneider played an integral role in developing and implementing EDC’s Statement on Human Rights
- In 2011, Signi Schneider began one of the most interesting jobs in Canada: vice-president of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at a large financial institution doing business internationally
- Schneider’s group oversees all of Export Development Canada’s financing, insurance, and equity transactions (over 100 billion annually!) to see their impact on people, the planet, and whether companies are being ethical