Due diligence and supply chains
Mineral supply chains
Canada is part of global efforts to strengthen due diligence in mineral supply chains, notably through promotion of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. These guidelines and the associated annual OECD forum aim to help companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral sourcing practices. These efforts are part of Canada’s broader promotion of a feminist and human rights-based approach to natural resource governance internationally, such as through support for the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development and through participation in multi-stakeholder frameworks such as the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative and the Kimberley Process.
Garment and apparel supply chains
Canada supports due diligence and responsible business practices within the domestic and imported ready-made garment industries. Governments, businesses, non-profits and other organizations are increasingly integrating social and environmental objectives into the purchasing process, which can help create social benefits and sustainable economies. The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment & Footwear Sector establishes a common understanding of due diligence in the sector to help all companies – large and small – meet due diligence expectations.
For more tips on conducting due diligence, consult our page on Resources and tools for responsible business conduct.
You can find guidance on conducting due diligence in specific regions or with specific entities in the following advisories:
- Global Affairs Canada advisory on doing business with Myanmar-related entities - April 13, 2021
- Global Affairs Canada advisory on doing business with Xinjiang-related entities - January 12, 2021
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