Shoppers want to stop fuelling child labour—and a law would help

The UK and California passed laws requiring businesses to publicly report on their efforts to address human rights and child labour in their supply chains. Canada could do the same.

World Vision Photo
An Albanian girl makes shoes.
Elly Vandenberg
Published: Thursday, 06/11/2015 9:35 pm EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 06/16/2015 8:11 pm EDT

As both a parent and someone who cares deeply about child wellbeing, I—like most Canadians—am concerned by the possibility that the products I use every day might have been made by children. Whether it’s the clothes I wear, my morning coffee or the cellphone I use to stay in touch with my office and family, the length and complexity of global supply chains means that it’s extremely difficult to know whether children have been exploited along the way.

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