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A fishing vessel is followed by flocks of seabirds in the Southern Ocean off the coast of the South Orkney Islands, north of the Antarctic Peninsula, on March 10, 2023. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

Canada lags behind on efforts to address human rights abuses in seafood supply chains

Canada is an outlier in its failure to hold buyers and retailers accountable for labour abuse in seafood supply chains.
Canadian companies will soon be legally obligated to annually report on efforts to prevent and remediate forced and child labour in their supply chains. Technology could help them do this. (Shutterstock)

How Canadian companies can use tech to identify forced labour in their supply chains

Supply chains can contain thousands of suppliers spanning continents. DNA testing, drones, satellite imaging and other technologies can help identify forced and child labour.
Forced and child labor has been reported in mines in the Congo, which produces over 70% of the world’s cobalt. Junior Kannah/AFP via Getty Images

Many global corporations will soon have to police up and down their supply chains as EU human rights ‘due diligence’ law nears enactment

A new EU law would require thousands of multinational companies, including many based in the US, to look for signs of human rights abuses in their supply chains.
A recent investigation into Lululemon casts doubt on the ability of Canada’s new Modern Slavery Act to tackle labour abuse. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Learning from Lululemon: If Canada wants to get serious about forced labour, disclosure laws won’t do

A new study suggests disclosure laws to prevent forced labour in the clothing industry are a form of window dressing designed to ease the conscience of consumers rather than protecting workers.

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