Human Rights – June 15, 2015 – Part 1

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Human Rights – June 15, 2015 – Part 1

Executives from two Canadian companies are questioned about their corporate social responsibility practices in the developing countries where their clothing is made.
Peter Iliopoulos, senior vice-president of public and corporate affairs at Gildan Activewear, outlines the manufacturer’s social compliance program for labour practices and working conditions. Robert Chant, senior vice-president of corporate affairs and communication at Loblaw Companies, discusses the measures Loblaw has taken to improve safety conditions in the factories where their clothing products are sourced.
Some of the clothes for Loblaw’s Joe Fresh line were made in the garment building that collapsed in Bangladesh in 2013. Over 1,000 workers were killed and more than 2,500 others were injured.
Senators then hear from Syed Sajjadur Rahman, senior fellow at the University of Ottawa and senior sssociate at the management consulting firm Universalia. He discusses topics such as how the lives of garment workers can be improved, the role that businesses can play, and the concept of collective responsibility. (June 15, 2015)