The Case for Canadian Supply Chain Transparency Legislation
Many of the products Canadians use and consume every day – from clothes and shoes to cellphones and coffee – may include child labour.
Canadian consumers overwhelmingly do not want to support harmful child labour practices through their purchases. Now you can act on this desire by asking the Government of Canada to create legislation requiring companies to monitor child labour in their supply chains and work to prevent it.
Despite progress in recent years, there are still an estimated 168 million child labourers around the world. Among these, some 85 million children work in what the International Labour Organization calls “the worst forms of child labour” – work that jeopardizes the physical, mental or moral well-being of a child.
These children work long hours, are exposed to physical, psychological or sexual abuse, work in dangerous or unhealthy environments, or work with dangerous machinery and equipment. Child labour also interferes with children’s education and can severely limit their opportunities for a better future.
Canada is steadily increasing our imports from countries where child labour is widespread. Increasing imports is not a problem, but without monitoring and reporting, we cannot know if our purchases are supporting harmful child labour practices.
Other countries, including the U.S. and the U.K., are leading the way by proposing supply chain transparency legislation.
Join thousands of Canadians who care. Ask our leaders to create legislation requiring companies to publicly report on their efforts to monitor, address and reduce child labour in their supply chains.
- For more information, download a summary of the World Vision report:
Preventing Child Labour: The Case for Canadian Supply Chain Transparency Legislation
- Read Marco’s story: Toiling Away in the Coffee Fields
87% of Canadians think the Canadian government should require Canadian companies to publicly report on who makes their products and what they are doing to reduce child labour in their supply chains †
† According to an Ipsos Reid survey conducted on behalf of World Vision Canada between March 4 and 9, 2015. The results are based on a sample of n=1,007 Canadian adults in the general population and are accurate to within +/-3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.