Offshoring, labour and a new leaf? (Editorial)

|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/28/2005

Long criticized for its culpability in overseas sweat-shop conditions and labour injustices, The Gap has faced its darker side. This month it issued a report on labour violations at factories contracted to make Gap clothing, along with a list of plants it has ceased doing business with.

Could this be the turning of a new leaf in global business? If so it’s good news for Canadian companies trying to compete in a global marketplace that doesn’t always abide by the same standards we do.

Employers that respect human rights and work to ensure the health and safety of the workforce shouldn’t be penalized in an international marketplace. While Canada needs to improve productivity, innovation and competitiveness, the competition shouldn’t be against nations allowing child and forced labour.