13 December, 2017

Addressing our Connection to Child Labour and Modern Slavery

Julie Francoeur
by Gabriela Warrior Renaud, Fairtrade Canada

On December 9th, Fairtrade Canada led a joint workshop with World Vision Canada and Ontario Council for International Cooperation about "Addressing our Connection to Child Labour and Modern Slavery".

There were over 45 participants from various NGOs and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) present at Toronto's Centre for Social Innovation. This workshop runs in parallel with the current study on Modern Slavery and Child Labour in Supply Chains, conducted by the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.

Fairtrade Canada's Executive Director, Julie Francoeur, was joined by the President of World Vision Canada, Michael Messenger, to give a keynote presentation and workshop to discuss the next steps in collaboration around this issue. We were thrilled to see the engagement and growing partnerships, ensuring that Canada moves in the right direction.

We work to engage the civil society and the NGO sector in bringing a harmonized voice to the Government in support of legislation for due diligence and reporting by companies on child labour and modern slavery within their supply chains.

Julie Francoeur said: “Fairtrade Canada will be sending its own submission to the committee to ensure the voice of small farmers and workers from all over the world are heard. Through Fairtrade we have been working for over 30 years with companies in addressing complex human rights issues in their supply chains. Our experience tells us that healthy partnerships and accountability are key to make meaningful progress. After the workshop, we are delighted that many have now signed up to join us on this journey!”

We would like to give a special thank you to Galerie au chocolat for donating products to workshops participants.

Also, we invite all our followers to sign this petition to help stop Canada's child labour problem. Please take a few moments to let the Government know that you want companies to be responsible about the way they source the goods you buy. Follow the link for more: https://act.leadnow.ca/child-labour-canada/