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Canada Seeks Input on Ethical Procurement of Apparel

The Canadian government is seeking input from apparel suppliers by 17 January 2018 to develop guidelines and a collective approach for the ethical procurement of apparel. According to a Canadian government press release, as part of its proposal suppliers selling apparel to the government would self-certify that they and their direct Canadian and foreign suppliers comply with local laws and international standards on labour and human rights. These rights include freedom from child labour, forced labour, discrimination and abuse, and access to fair wages and safe working conditions.

Public Services and Procurement Canada  (PSPC) will meet with suppliers, industry associations and non-governmental organisations to discuss the self-certification requirement as well as current practices on ethical manufacturing and sourcing of goods throughout their supply chains. Currently, PSPC only requires suppliers to provide information about the country of origin of the apparel. Once a contract is awarded, that information is published on buyandsell.gc.ca. Apparel contracts awarded by PSPC are valued at about CAN$127 million per year, although approximately 88 percent of that amount goes to clothing made in Canada.

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