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  • Canada’s ‘toothless’ new corporate watchdog is a broken promise and a major setback for human rights

    15 May, 2019

    On the 8th of April, the Canadian government backtracked on a commitment to create an independent ombudsperson on corporate human rights. Instead, they appointed a special adviser to the Minister of International Trade Diversification, stripping the new office of all powers and mandate to investigate allegations of abuse tied to Canadian companies overseas.

    What can explain this major setback? The answer is that industry influence in Canada gutted the creation of this innovative office before it could get off the ground.

    Posted in In the news

  • Why does Justin Trudeau succumb to corporate pressure?

    08 May, 2019

    The latest win for corporate Canada is in an executive order issued by the Prime Minister’s Office that creates the first-ever Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise. Initially, it will apply only to the Canadian garment and resource extraction sectors. The name of the new position, and the government fanfare about it, belie the fact that the Liberals have stripped the new ombudsperson of the investigatory powers that they’ve been promising for years.

    Posted in In the news

  • Corporate accountability is also a feminist issue

    08 May, 2019

    To address corporate misconduct, the federal government needs to truly commit to independence and power in an ombudsperson because the safety and well-being of Indigenous women are at stake.

    Posted in In the news

  • UN official criticizes Canadian delays setting up corporate ethics watchdog

    30 April, 2019

    Canada’s international reputation will be damaged if it doesn’t give real power to its new watchdog on responsible corporate conduct, warns a United Nations rights watchdog.

    Surya Deva, the chair of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, is in Ottawa this week and will be seeking answers from the government on why it took 15 months to appoint its new “ombudsperson for responsible enterprise.”

    Deva said Canada is falling behind other countries such as France, Germany, Switzerland and Australia in enacting laws to improve the conduct of their companies operating abroad, especially in less developed countries.

    Posted in In the news

  • Taking Responsibility: April 30 Symposium on Parliament Hill

    15 April, 2019

    Taking Responsibility: A symposium on international business, human rights and opportunities for Canada 

    Join leading experts in examining global best practices and domestic opportunities to address the human rights challenges associated with transnational business activity.

    Details: April 30, 2019 from 9AM – 5PM on Parliament Hill.

    Posted in Government policy

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