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Press Release: UN Special Rapporteur on Slavery raises concerns about Canada’s current approach to business and human rights

PRESS RELEASE, For immediate release 6 September 2023 UN Special Rapporteur Tomoya Obokata says Canada should do more to fulfill its international obligations to prevent forced labour and other contemporary forms of slavery. In a statement today, Mr. Obokata said that mandatory human rights due diligence laws are the way forward and that Canada should [...]

Canada’s new law on forced and child labour in supply chains won’t work

PRESS RELEASE OTTAWA – Canada’s new law on forced and child labour in supply chains is bound to fail because it only requires companies to publish reports, and it risks making the problem worse by providing the appearance of real action, according to the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA). In today’s vote on Bill [...]

May 3rd, 2023|Categories: Government policy, Press Releases|

Media Advisory: Rally on Monday in Montreal; Ten years after the Rana Plaza collapse, Canada and its companies are still failing to protect human rights in the textile and other industries

(MONTREAL) - This Monday, friends and allies of the more than 1,130 victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which took place 10 years ago, will demonstrate to ask the Canadian government to do more to protect the workers around the world who make our clothes and other products.   When / Where: [...]

April 20th, 2023|Categories: Campaign updates, Economic justice, In the news, Press Releases|

PRESS RELEASE Canadian companies linked to allegations of human rights abuse abroad including killings, torture and forced labour – new reports, testimony

For immediate release 14 February 2023 Canadian companies have been linked to allegations of killings, torture, forced labour, arbitrary detention and intimidation amongst other abuses, according to six new reports published this morning by the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA). The reports document allegations that Nygard International, Torex Gold Resources Inc., Feronia Inc., Barrick [...]

February 14th, 2023|Categories: Business and Human Rights Legislation, Press Releases|

Press release: Five years after announcement of independent corporate human rights watchdog, Government continues to turn back on people harmed by Canadian businesses

Available as a PDF in English and French. For immediate release: January 18, 2023 Canadian companies operating abroad are associated with widespread and egregious human rights abuses, including forced labour, sexual assault, serious environmental damage and killings. Yet five years after the Government of Canada announced an independent ombudsperson office with the powers needed to [...]

January 18th, 2023|Categories: Ombudsperson, Press Releases|

Press Release: Canadian Companies Can Continue to Profit from Modern Slavery: Bill S-211 makes its way through Standing Committee unchanged

Press release as a PDF For immediate release November 29 2022 The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs has missed an opportunity to enact real change to help end modern slavery.Yesterday, Bill S-211, the Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act, came back from the Standing Committee unchanged. This means that Bill S-211 remains a flawed and [...]

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