Advancing Canada's Engagement with Asia on Human Rights - Integrating Business and Human Rights

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27 September 2013

[PDF] Advancing Canada's Engagement with Asia on Human Rights - Integrating Business and Human Rights

Author: Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

As part of the Foundation’s National Conversation on Asia, we convened a task force to reflect
on the role of human rights in Canada’s relations with Asian countries...I am most grateful to the task force members — Pitman Potter (chair), Sharon Hom, Douglas Horswill, Joseph Ingram, and Robert Wright — for their dedication to this initiative...[Recommendations of this report for Business Sector]: 1. Canadian business actors should ensure that their relationships and activities in Asia are sensitive to local human rights priorities and do not undermine the recognition and protection of internationally recognized human rights. 2. Private sector actors should align their own activities and those of their partners and projects to internationally recognized human rights standards through the UN’s “Ruggie Framework” on business and human rights. 3. Canadian businesses should support closer cooperation with NGOs in furthering the recognition and protection of internationally recognized human rights in Asia. 4. Canadian businesses should be encouraged to report openly on human rights issues in public disclosure documents and processes.

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25 September 2013

Task Force Urges Business-Human Rights-Policy Linkage in Canada’s Asia Strategy

Author: Human Rights in China

“The Government of Canada should exercise high-level political leadership and consistent engagement with its counterparts in Asia on human rights,” says a report published today by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada), a policy think tank. The report, “Advancing Canada’s Engagement with Asia on Human Rights: Integrating Business and Human Rights,” was produced by a task force on which Sharon Hom, HRIC Executive Director, serves as a member.

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