In the news

Below is a selection of news articles on issues related to the work of the CNCA. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the network.


OPINION: Modern slavery bill misses the mark, ipolitics

27 February, 2020

“For years, the United Nations and communities harmed by corporate abuse abroad have called on Canada to address the serious human rights violations associated with the overseas operations of Canadian multinationals. Unfortunately, the Modern Slavery Act, proposed earlier this month by a Canadian senator and supported by two members of parliament, would do little, if anything, to prevent exploitation and abuses in the global supply chains of Canadian companies.

Far from positioning Canada at the forefront of global efforts to protect human rights from corporate abuse, this bill, if passed, would put Canada near the back of the pack.”


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With the closure of Forever 21, we need to do more to rein in fast fashion

05 October, 2019

Toronto Star business columnist Jennifer Wells says the federal government has failed to deliver on promises to ensure that Canadian corporations uphold human rights and environmental standards overseas.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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