Legislating supply chain transparency

Should Canada follow the lead of other countries to prevent human rights abuses?
By Kevin Thomas
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/20/2017

In late February, the French government passed a new law requiring companies to establish and disclose plans and processes to address and prevent human rights abuses in their global supply chains. The Netherlands also proposed legislation that, if passed, would require companies to address risks of child labour in their supply chain.

Shortly thereafter, Australia announced an inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade into whether it too should adopt a law on modern slavery in supply chains, including forced and child labour.

Does this represent a growing trend in international regulation? Yes.