Our efforts to improve the human rights practices of companies has included working on sweatshop labour practices in the garment industry, forced child labour in the cotton fields in Uzbekistan, free prior and informed consent of indigenous communities in mining operations and the presence of conflict minerals in the production of electronic products. SHARE’s documented investor expectations on human rights performance for mining companies outline both systems and processes companies should have in place to ensure respect for human rights, and the performance outcomes they seek to achieve from these processes. We will also seek information on how human rights are taken into consideration in business relationships, such as mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.
SHARE’s human rights dialogues draw on the conventions, norms and standards of practice of the United Nations and other international organizations to promote corporate accountability, respect for public institutions and the rule of law, and adherence to internationally-agreed upon human and indigenous rights and labour standards.
Canada’s regulatory framework for human rights due diligence in global supply chains lags that of other jurisdictions, and that’s a concern for Canadian institutional investors. This report reviews supply chain transparency legislation around the world and argues that similar federal legislation here in Canada could be beneficial to investors if properly crafted.
This report highlights areas that typically have human rights impacts for Canadian mining companies and sets out expectations of corporate performance in these areas.
This investor brief highlights what Canadian apparel companies have done to develop responsible supply chain practices in the two years since the Rana Plaza disaster.