Government of Canada takes step towards ethical procurement of apparel
(7 months ago)
GATINEAU, QC: The Government of Canada has a responsibility to maintain the confidence of the Canadian public in the procurement process and to conduct procurement in an accountable, ethical and transparent manner.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is seeking input from apparel suppliers through a Request for Information to develop guidelines and a collective approach for the ethical procurement of apparel.
As part of the proposal, suppliers selling apparel to the government will 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.
PSPC will meet with suppliers, industry associations and non-governmental organizations to discuss the self‑certification requirement and current practices on ethical manufacturing and sourcing of goods throughout their supply chains.
"Our government is committed to improved social and economic benefits by purchasing goods and services from suppliers that operate in an ethically and socially responsible manner. By focusing attention on this outcome, the Government of Canada will be aligning itself with the approach many companies are already taking to ensure the integrity and security of their supply chains."
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement