Federal parties detail commitments on corporate accountability and human rights

2021-12-20T14:04:15-04:00September 17th, 2021|Business and Human Rights Legislation, Campaign updates|

The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) asked all federal political parties to detail their commitments aimed at ensuring a greater respect for human rights by Canadian companies operating abroad. Here’s what they had to say:

Liberal Party of Canada referred us to their electoral campaign document. There they commit (at page 67) to:

“Introduce legislation to eradicate forced labour in Canadian supply chains and to ensure Canadian
businesses that operate abroad are not contributing to human rights abuses.”

The Conservative Party of Canada did not respond to our question. However, their electoral platform commits at p. 104 to:

Dramatically revise supply chain legislation to meaningfully enforce Canada’s commitment not to import goods made with slave labour.

 

The New Democratic Party (NDP)’s questionnaire response committed to support comprehensive mandatory human rights due diligence legislation

 

The Bloc Québécois‘ response expressed support for CNCA’s model HREDD law, committed to study human rights due diligence obligations at the international human rights subcommittee and supports a robust due diligence law for Canada.

 

The Rhinoceros Party’s response committed to supporting comprehensive human rights due diligence legislation.

 

Methodology:

In a questionnaire sent to all registered political parties, we asked for parties to outline their positions on three key measures to increase corporate accountability:

1.  Will your party support comprehensive mandatory human rights due diligence legislation? Such legislation requires companies to identify, prevent and mitigate human rights abuses and provides for liability when companies cause harm in their global operations (subsidiaries and supply chains).

2. Will you make the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) independent and provide it with the power to compel documents and testimony so it can effectively investigate human rights abuse allegations linked to Canadian corporations operating overseas?

 

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