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On many fronts, government and industry are working to address the adverse impacts of global supply chains. Some countries (Canada included) have banned imports of goods containing forced labour; others have instituted various mechanisms to require reporting of measures taken by firms to minimize the presence of forced labour and/or child labour in their supply networks.
Legislation currently before the Canadian parliament, Bill S-211 (Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act) would require certain Canadian companies to submit an annual report to the Canadian government outlining their efforts to combat forced labour and child labour in their supply chains. The Bill establishes who must report, what the reports must include and penalties for non-compliance.
The topics discussed will include:
- What is forced labour, child labour as defined in S-211?
- Nature of the reporting requirements under S-211: who is covered, type of information required, penalties for non-compliance
- Status of Bill S-211, possible implementation schedule
- Other measures implemented in other jurisdictions – “Modern slavery” acts in U.K., Australia and Human Rights Due Diligence legislation
- “Modern slavery” disclosure obligations for Canadian public companies
- The Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE)
We look forward to having you join us. Please respond by March 28, 2023.
BC | This course has been accredited for 1.5 hours. Course name: In-House CPD Webinar Series – ESG Update and Modern Slavery Legislation Update. Course number: V29032023.