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Foreign companies producing clothing for federal government employees such as RCMP officers, members of the military and prison guards will be required to meet ethical standards set by the Canadian government’s purchasing department. Such companies will have to sign a certification letter guaranteeing that they will pay fair wages and not employ child workers.
“Our department is committed to purchasing goods and services through an open, fair and transparent process from vendors who operate in an ethically and socially responsible manner and observe international and local laws, norms and standards on labour and human rights,” Public Services and Procurement Canada spokesperson Michèle Larose told CBC News.
Simon Lewchuk of the child-protection charity World Vision Canada says that the policy is “a step in the right direction”, but that more could be done. “The shortcoming of these types of attestation and sign-off is that it can become a tick-box exercise and doesn’t get at how companies are taking action to ensure these policy commitments are actually implemented,” Lewchuk said.
RCMP uniforms: from guaranteed ethical sources