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Modern Slavery Bill Targets Canadian Imports Of Goods Made By Slaves

Modern Slavery Bill Targets Canadian Imports Of Goods Made By Slaves | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

As many as 1,200 Canadian companies could be importing products made by children and forced labourers. A proposed federal bill is hoping to crack down on Canadian companies that import products tainted by child and forced labour. The Modern Slavery Bill, tabled in the House of Commons Thursday by Liberal MP John McKay, would require companies to publicly release a report every year, detailing what they've done to ensure their supply chains are transparent and free of goods and materials fully or partially produced by children and forced labourers.

EcoVadis's insight:

Child labour can be hard to see. Multinational enterprises may be linked  to it in international supply chains directly– through their own facilities, suppliers or subcontractors – or simply by having operations in areas where child labour is common. Industries such as textiles, food and agriculture, electronics, sports, construction, hospitality and housekeeping have been mostly connected to modern slavery. But there are steps that companies can take to help eradicate human rights violations.

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Modern slavery promotes overfishing

Modern slavery promotes overfishing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Labour abuses, including modern slavery, are 'hidden subsidies' that allow distant-water fishing fleets to remain profitable and promote overfishing, new research from the University of Western Australia and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia has found.
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While environmental repercussions of overfishing have traditionally been the focus among seafood consumers, labor practices in the seafood industry supply chains have recently emerged as the most discussed Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issue plaguing the sector.

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