New business watchdog

KAIROS and its overseas partners are greatly encouraged by the Minister of International Trade’s recent announcement regarding the creation of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business Enterprise, billed as the first of its kind in the world.

The position will hold Canadian mining companies and their subsidiaries, as well as the oil and gas and garment sectors, accountable for human rights violations at their overseas operations.

The move comes nearly a decade since industry and civil society leaders recommended such an office and three years after the CNCA (Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability), of which KAIROS is a member, launched the Open for Justice Campaign.

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