Canada’s Parliament will soon vote on Bill S-211, a corporate reporting law meant to “fight” forced and child labour in global supply chains. Human rights and labour experts who’ve weighed in on the law have said it will do little, if anything, to achieve that aim.
Here’s a selection of their comments, from their testimony to Parliament and opinion pieces published over the past year.
The academics who testified to Parliament on Bill S-211 called for amendments so sweeping they would have utterly transformed the bill – from simple reporting legislation into a mandatory due diligence law. Unfortunately, none were adopted, leaving us with a bill so weak that Above Ground and the dozens of other civil society groups forming the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability have urged lawmakers to vote against it.