Above Ground is tracking the details of complaints to the CORE regarding alleged human rights abuses linked to specific Canadian companies. The CORE has released reports on eight complaints and is investigating seven of these. We will update this document with new information as it is announced.
The global seafood industry is rife with worker abuse, and we need comprehensive measures to stop companies profiting from it, write Georgina Alonso of Above Ground and Bea Bruske of the Canadian Labour Congress in this Hill Times op-ed.
Ottawa is poised to end a significant component of its support for fossil fuel companies. It unveiled last week its criteria to identify "inefficient" subsidies that can no longer be provided. Left intact, however, are billions of dollars in federal financing for oil and gas companies, and a phase-out plan for this support is facing delay.
Amidst increasing awareness of Canadian ties to forced labour overseas, Ottawa is being urged to make better use of legal tools to attack the problem. In this brief, we take stock of Canada's existing legislation and policies related to forced labour in international supply chains, and how they are — or aren't — being enforced.
In a joint submission with the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, we've written to the UN's Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery to share our concerns that Canadian laws are inadequate to prevent or remedy forced labour in companies' supply chains.
Parliament will soon vote on Bill S-211, a corporate reporting law meant to "fight" forced and child labour in supply chains. Experts who’ve weighed in on the law have said it will do little, if anything, to achieve that aim.
Under Bill C-262, Canadian oil and gas companies could be sued for failing to put in place adequate policies for fighting climate change, writes Shawn Katz, communications officer for Above Ground, in this National Observer op-ed.
How are Canadian firms responding to reports of forced labour in their supply chains? We asked dozens of companies whose suppliers have faced high-profile allegations of abuse. More than half of them didn’t reply.
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Above Ground strives to ensure that companies based in Canada or supported by the Canadian state respect human rights worldwide. We shed light on companies’ impacts abroad, and we advance solutions for accountability and access to justice in Canada.
Above Ground works to ensure that companies based in Canada or supported by the Canadian state respect human rights and the environment worldwide. It is a project of MakeWay, a national charity that builds partnerships and solutions to help nature and communities thrive together.
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