OTTAWA, April 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, on the eve of the anniversary of
the Bangladesh factory collapse, World Vision launched an Ipsos Reid
poll detailing what Canadians want to happen to ensure that their
consumer choices are ethical, including free from child labour.
Canadians also see a role for Canadian retailers and the Canadian
government in ensuring a tragedy like the one that killed more than
1,130 Bangladeshis never happens again.
This is part of the aid and development agency's ongoing No Child For Sale Campaign that is working to prevent and eliminate the worst forms of child
labour. In the aftermath of the Bangladesh factory collapse, World
Vision met with children who had been orphaned by the tragedy and saw
how vulnerable they were to being pushed into dangerous working
conditions themselves—an all too common feature of Bangladeshi life.
As part of today's press conference, World Vision also launched their No Child For Sale petition, calling on major Canadian retailers to sign the Bangladesh Fire and
Building Safety Accord. To date, Loblaw is the only Canadian company to
sign on. For a full list of the companies being called on to sign,
visit the petition site.
87 per cent of Canadians think that companies should be legally
obligated to provide Canadians with information about the working
conditions in their factories, wages and commit to not using child
86 per cent of Canadians want the Canadian government to play a role in
making sure that Canadian companies don't directly or indirectly
support poor labour practices, including using child labour.
88 per cent of Canadians believe that The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and
Building Safety should be the standard for textile industry and safety
85 per cent feel that all major Canadian retailers should sign this
82 per cent of Canadians would feel more willing to buy products from
Canadian retailers who have signed this accord.
77 per cent of Canadians are frustrated at how difficult it is to
determine where the products they buy are made, how they're made and by
"Last week in Bangladesh, it seemed that everywhere I looked, there were
workplace tragedies just waiting to happen. Far too many involved
children," said Dave Toycen, president, World Vision Canada."I am more convicted than ever that
Canadian retailers that sell products made in Bangladesh must not delay
in signing this accord."
"The Canadian government has a role to play in breaking the links of
injustice scattered throughout the supply chain—trade and aid are two
of the tools that can be used to create safer working conditions," said
Wendy Therrien, director of policy, World Vision Canada. "As a mom with young kids, I
know Canadian parents don't want to be wondering if the shoes on their
kids' feet were sewn by children toiling away in dark factories instead
of going to school and playing outside."
"Canadian consumers are hungry for ethical alternatives. Bangladesh
brought this home. While we're increasingly seeing ethical options on
our grocery store shelves, we're not seeing the same affordable,
available options for clothing, textiles and household goods." said Cheryl Hotchkiss, senior advocacy manager, World Vision Canada. "Companies respond to
consumer demand, we've seen this time and again with ethical chocolate
and coffee now in mainstream stores. The same can happen for clothing
and other items if the consumer demands it."
Video b-roll of child labour (Link to Youtube)
Fact sheet - Child labour
Fact sheet - Cotton
Fact sheet - Coffee
Fact sheet - Cocoa
Fact sheet - Mining
Fact sheet - Ethical Consumerism
Twitter hashtag: #NoChildForSale
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SOURCE: World Vision Canada
For further information:
Tiffany Baggetta - cell: 416-305-9612, Tiffany_Baggetta@worldvision.ca
Britt Hamilton - cell: 416-419-1321, Britt_Hamilton@worldvision.ca