Opinion Pieces

Opinion Pieces

Bringing responsibility home and engaging Canada on business and human rights

Last month legislators and experts on business and human rights gathered in Ottawa to discuss groundbreaking developments in home state legislative initiatives aimed at protecting human rights from corporate abuse. This article provides a summary of the discussion and comments made by panelists and keynote speakers at the Bringing Responsibility Home symposium.

Embedding the corporate responsibility to respect human rights into Canadian law

As the push for corporate accountability faces setbacks in the United States, could Canada hold the key for legislative progress in North America on business and human rights? In this guest post on the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre website, we discuss how Canada can emerge as a leader in this rapidly evolving field.

Don’t confuse dialogue with accountability in ombudsman debate

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.

Don’t confuse dialogue with accountability in ombudsman debate

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, in a sector where significant risk of human rights abuse is well documented.

From dialogue to accountability: A call for Canadian leadership on business and human rights

In this article published on the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre blog, Above Ground director Karyn Keenan discusses key steps Canada could take to become a leader in global efforts to prevent corporate abuse and ensure access to justice.

Don’t bankroll the next foreign mine disaster

Last November’s massive mine spill in the state of Minas Gerais was Brazil's worst environmental disaster. Export Development Canada provided one of the mine's joint venture owners, Brazilian multinational Vale, with hundreds of millions of dollars in financing for its global operations. Canadians shouldn't bankroll the next foreign mine disaster, argues Above Ground's director in an opinion piece published today in Embassy.

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