OTTAWA, ON—On Monday, May 31st, the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) will release draft model legislation to provide lawmakers with a blueprint for a new international corporate accountability law in Canada. 

The draft model law, if adopted, would require Canadian companies to prevent human rights and environmental harm throughout their global operations and supply chains.

Civil society and union leaders will provide brief opening remarks followed by media questions:

  • Kalpona Akter, President, Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation, and Executive Director, Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity
  • Evelyne Beaudoin, President, Development and Peace
  • Emily Dwyer, National Coordinator, Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability
  • Karen Hamilton, Interim Director, Above Ground
  • Ken Neumann, National Director for Canada, United Steelworkers
  • Ketty Nivyabandi, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada

When: Monday, May 31, 10:30am EST​, via zoom webinar

Where: The press conference will be streamed on Facebook Live

For more information contact:

Devin Holterman, Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability

Mobile: 514-209-1423  


The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) is the national coordination body for civil society groups and labour unions advancing business and human rights in Canada. Formed in 2005, the CNCA unites 39 environmental and human rights NGOs, religious organizations, labour unions and solidarity groups. Many of our member organizations have been working on the issue of corporate accountability for decades and have long standing relationships with communities, workers, Indigenous peoples, and environmental and human rights defenders from around the world. Together we call for Canadian law and policy reform to ensure that: impacted communities can access remedy in Canada; Canadian companies respect human rights in their global operations; and, if companies are involved in overseas abuses, they face real consequences in Canada.