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.
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.
Unacceptable working conditions are ubiquitous in many global fisheries, and Canada is falling behind other countries on taking action to end the abuse, write staff from Above Ground and the Centre international de solidarité ouvrière in this Toronto Star op-ed.
Climate change is a global human rights emergency of unprecedented proportions—and devastating consequences. Canada’s contribution to this crisis must be addressed. We must immediately end our bankrolling of fossil fuels.
In this op-ed in The Hill Times, we argue that Ottawa must initiate a swift and complete phase-out of all public financial support for fossil fuel development of any kind - with no allowances for technologies, such as carbon capture, that prolong our dependence on fossil fuels at a time when we must be rapidly winding down their use.
Canada is propping up the oil and gas industry with more public financing than any other G20 nation. Ottawa's phaseout of this fossil finance should be swift and complete, argues Above Ground's director in this Toronto Star opinion piece.
Writing in the Business and Human Rights Journal, our director Karyn Keenan relates how promises of a robust watchdog to investigate complaints against Canadian multinationals gave way to an office that lacks the powers to do its job.
In this letter to The Hill Times, we question Export Development Canada's claim that it's improving the social performance of companies it supports by “leveraging its financial relationship,” and call for legal reforms to ensure accountability.
When allegations emerged last fall that the Mexican president’s 2012 election campaign was funded in part by a subsidiary of Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, the news barely made headlines in Canada. But this development in the Odebrecht scandal should give us pause, because it raises crucial questions about the anti-corruption and disclosure policies of our export credit agency.
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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