MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ -
Dave Toycen, World Vision Canada President and CEO, said:
"It's encouraging to see Galen Weston speak out about the recent tragedy
in Bangladesh and what this could mean for the garment industry. We
would like to see other retailers step up so that change can happen for
the workers and families of Bangladesh and other developing countries
that make the shirts on our backs."
"We need governments, companies and Canadian consumers to work together
to address several key issues to make sure that this kind of horrific
tragedy never happens again. Canadian companies can start with building
codes, but must also look at other human rights issues including wages,
health and the exploitation of children."
World Vision commissioned a national Ipsos Reid poll asking Canadians if they'd be willing to spend more to ensure that the
goods they purchase were free of child labour, which is often prevalent
in garment factories in developing countries.
68 per cent of Canadians would spend an average of 16 per cent more if
there was a guarantee that the products they bought were free of child
Eight in ten (79 per cent) Canadians said they want to make an effort to
ensure they know how and where things they purchase are made.
78 per cent said they have no idea if what they are buying is
contributing to the exploitation of children in other countries.
To learn more visit: EndChildSlavery.ca
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our
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SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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