*On Monday, May 31st, the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) released draft model legislation to provide lawmakers with a blueprint for a new international corporate accountability law in Canada.
Canadian companies and global supply chains are implicated in human rights abuses and environmental damage around the globe. However, Canada has failed to establish rules that require Canadian companies to respect human rights and the environment overseas. Instead, Canada relies on a suite of voluntary measures to curb corporate abuse. Experience shows that voluntary measures don’t work.
To end corporate impunity, several countries have enacted, or are in the process of developing, laws that require companies to review all their business activities, identify actual and potential risks to people and the planet, take steps to mitigate and address these risks, and ensure remedy for those harmed. This is called human rights and environmental due diligence.
Building on this global momentum, and on Canadian civil society consensus starting points, our newly released draft model legislation provides lawmakers with a blueprint for writing into Canadian law the corporate duty to respect human rights and the environment.