Uncovering the unseen costs

Canada’s new modern slavery legislation and the fight against labour exploitation in supply chains

Calling for transparency across all levels of the supply chain isn't just good practice—it's good business. Canadian organizations must redefine corporate responsibility for a safer future for all.

Who makes the products we use and at what cost?

Behind the scenes of global supply chains, an uncomfortable reality exists. Nearly 50 million people worldwide are considered victims of modern slavery, of which about 28 million are coerced daily into working—meaning that some of the supply chains providing and enabling the products we use may be propped up by forced labour and child labour. With limited supply chain transparency, this exploitation often goes unnoticed.

Effective January 1, 2024, Canada’s new Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act requires businesses to disclose the actions they are taking to ensure there is no forced or child labour in their supply chains. It marks a significant step toward dismantling modern slavery and protecting the most vulnerable in societies around the world.

This act also signals a new era of corporate responsibility, and an opportunity to thrive beyond compliance. Our latest report, A new era of supply chain transparency, unpacks how Canadian organizations can take the lead in ethical innovation and create a safer future for everyone.

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