Names & News

The lat­est from the world of busi­ness

Business Spotlight - - CONTENTS -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Austria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.