Yes. Australia, the Netherlands, France and the state of California have all advanced legislation. These new laws require companies to post comprehensive statements outlining the steps they have taken to address child and forced labour in their supply chains.
In 2015, the UK introduced its Transparency in Supply Chains provision as part of its Modern Slavery Act. This simple reporting requirement in the law provides consumers with the information they need to make ethical purchasing decisions.
The legislation is already driving significant corporate change in the UK, including:
- A doubling of CEO engagement on modern slavery issues
- New policies and systems being implemented by 39% of companies
- A dramatic increase in communication between 58% of companies and their suppliers
- Greater collaboration between 50% of companies and their stakeholders to take action against modern slavery
Canada is a leader in promoting the respect and dignity of all people, regardless of where they live. But we’re not yet doing our part to call for greater transparency in global supply chains. With a growing number of jurisdictions taking legislative action, it’s time for Canada to join the list of countries with transparency laws to become a global leader in addressing child and forced labour around the world.