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Company Response

13 Apr 2021

Response from Canadian Tire Corporation to Steelworkers Humanity Fund report

... All factories manufacturing our Owned Brand products are visited by CTC employees prior to selection and our global sourcing teams frequently visit factories to confirm workers are being treated fairly and with respect. In addition, our teams on the ground ensure that the factories’ activities are aligned with CTC’s Supplier Code of Business Conduct (SCBC).

... In Bangladesh, we have full-time CTC employees who are responsible for reviewing the conditions in our factories. In addition, all factories in the country are audited by reputable global third parties to ensure compliance with BSCI standards and key worker safety requirements. With respect to the two factories referenced in the USW Report, both have undergone several audits over a number of years. The findings of our internal audits, confirmed by our third-party vendors, contradict the findings in the USW Report.

... [W]e do not have evidence of any non-payment of overtime, all wages satisfy applicable local laws, and workers receive incremental wages based on their skill level, experience, and tenure. Further, we have been advised that the shift descriptions outlined in the report are inaccurate; shifts at the Standard Stitches factory are eight hours with a one-hour break and up to two hours of overtime for a total of 11 hours; there is one hour set aside between shifts for cleaning. In addition, the factories in question provide free daycare, free medical clinics, and additional social services.

... [CTC was a founding member of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and we continue to collaborate with other brands and retailers through Nirapon to maintain the improvements that factories have implemented.]