For years, the Canadian government has spoken of its “expectation” that Canadian companies will meet the “highest ethical standards” when operating abroad. It’s time to create a mechanism capable of finding out if this expectation is in fact being met.
United Nations experts are urging the Canadian government to step up its efforts to prevent and remedy human rights abuse by corporations.
New law would create human rights ombudsperson to investigate Canadian mining, oil and gas operations abroad
The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability released today detailed model legislation, providing the Canadian government with a blueprint for how to create an effective human rights ombudsperson in the extractive sector.
The Hill Times recently published two letters from Above Ground about federal government policy on extractive companies working abroad—a topic that’s seen revived media coverage in the past two months.
Letter from Karyn Keenan, published May 11 in The Hill Times Re: “Let courts, mediators decide on mining disputes abroad: Lobby group,” (The Hill Times, April 27, p. 1). It comes as a surprise to read that the president of Canada’s mining association is unclear on what role an ombudsman could play in the oversight of extractive companies’ impacts abroad.