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6 Jan 2022

Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

Canada: MP endorses proposed mandatory human rights due diligence law

"MP endorses corporate responsibility law," 6 Jan. 2022

Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu has joined with Development and Peace – Caritas Canada in endorsing a proposed new international corporate accountability law.

... The Sarnia-Lambton MP made the video after hearing from Development and Peace members at St. Joseph’s Parish in Sarnia about their support for model legislation requiring Canadian corporations to monitor and report on human rights throughout their supply chains. The proposed law, released last May by the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, has the backing of 150 organizations and unions, including Development and Peace.

... “We welcome this support for binding rules for companies from MP Gladu,” Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability co-ordinator Emily Dwyer said in an e-mail.

Dwyer predicts that voters are ready to back politicians who are willing to enforce corporate due diligence on human rights and the environment.

“Consumers have more of an understanding of both supply chains and global human rights because of the pandemic,” she said. “Canada is falling behind global momentum. There is growing global momentum towards laws requiring business to respect human rights. Canada is falling behind.”