I am excited to announce the unveiling of model legislation called the Corporate Respect for Human Rights and the Environment Abroad Act. If adopted, this law would require Canadian companies to prevent human rights and environmental harm throughout their global operations and supply chains (and if a company causes harm or fails to do its human rights and environmental due diligence, those affected would have the statutory right to bring a civil lawsuit against that company in Canadian court).
Similar laws are in place or being developed in several countries, however Canada is falling behind. Together with the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, Amnesty Canada urges Canadian law makers to adopt our model law to strengthen corporate accountability. The world is watching: over 150 organizations and unions that work with people impacted by the activities of Canadian companies in 32 countries around the world have endorsed the CNCA’s proposed law.