Canadians want to make purchases that have a positive impact on people and the planet, but navigating the various human rights risks of our everyday purchases is no easy task. World Vision Canada estimates that in 2021 there were nearly 100 goods imported to Canada from over 50 countries that are at risk of being produced by child and forced labour. Most are household items including electronics, clothing, and groceries.
Right now, companies are not required to be transparent about their supply chain practices, meet common standards, or prevent human rights abuses throughout their supply chains.
Here’s what you need to know about child labour, and why World Vision Canada has been advocating for supply chain legislation like Bill S-211, set for final debates in March 2023.