Corporate Accountability and Government Policy
MSN believes that global brands must be held accountable for worker rights violations in their supplier factories, and that governments must adopt policies and regulations that protect workers from corporate violations of their rights.
When a trade union, women’s or human rights organization contacts MSN regarding labour rights violations against workers at a maquila factory, MSN contacts the global companies that source from or own the factory and facilitates communication between the organization and the company to seek corrective action to remedy the violations. Where companies are unwilling to take the necessary steps to achieve corrective action, we coordinate with local labour advocates to bring public pressure on the companies.
MSN also engages with brands and manufacturers on systemic issues in their global supply chains, such as lack of respect for freedom of association, poverty wages, precarious employment, and gender-based discrimination, and facilitates dialogue on these issues between local labour and women’s rights organizations and those companies.
Supply Chain Transparency
As part of the International Transparency Pledge Coalition, MSN is campaigning for greater supply chain transparency in the apparel and footwear sectors internationally.
Leveraging Brand Action on Labour Rights
MSN works with labour rights advocates, women’s organizations, trade unions and labour rights NGOs to strengthen their ability to pressure and to effectively engage with brands. We produce educational resource materials and facilitate training workshops.
- Companies and Brands: Leverage points with international apparel companies (July 2019)
- Cases where brands compensated workers after factory closures (March 2018)
- Brands and labour rights: How and when to engage with brands (2016)
MSN engages with the Canadian government on public policy proposals to ensure greater respect for workers’ rights in offshore factories producing apparel products for the Canadian market or for the government and its departments and crown corporations.
In 2018, MSN joined the Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability (CNCA) when the Canadian government unexpectedly added the garment sector to the list of Canadian extractive industries operating abroad that a government-appointed Ombudsperson would have the power to investigate. The CNCA, and its members and networks, are calling on the Canadian government to establish effective and independent mechanisms to ensure corporate accountability for Canadian companies operating abroad, including those in the global garment industry. For more information on the CNCA click here.