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Business and Human Rights

    Multinational companies enjoy unprecedented power and influence around the world. Many companies benefit from  globalization while all too often evading accountability such as when their operations result in environmental damage or human rights abuses.

    Canadian oil, gas and mining companies have operations in over 100 countries around the world and Canada has been called upon by international human rights bodies to regulate Canadian companies' overseas operations as well as sanction those which abuse human rights. And increasingly, Canadian companies that contribute to the climate crisis - and those who continue to invest in such operations - are coming under human rights scrutiny. 

    Amnesty’s Business and Human Rights work is concerned with: 

    • Prevention: Companies should be required by law to take steps to identify, prevent and address human rights abuses (known as human rights due diligence);
    • Accountability: Companies must be held to account for abuses they commit;
    • Remedy: People whose rights have been abused by companies must have access to justice and effective remedy;
    • Protection of rights beyond borders: Companies operate across borders, so the law must also operate across borders to protect people’s rights.

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    Help us ensure that Canadian and multinational companies respect human rights in Canada and around the world. 

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