Chapter 3


Indigenous living standards Qualite de vie des Autochtones

Qualite de vie des Autochtones

The future of Indigenous peoples

We tend to ignore the living standards and working conditions of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. They are alarming, however: according to a study by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canadathe average value of the Community Well-Being Index (CBI) for Indigenous communities in Canada is 20 points below that of non-Indigenous communities.

Several government and NGOs initiatives attempt to establish parity between the living conditions of Indigenous communities and those of the rest of Canada. Their efforts must be supported by the economic financial sectors.

Today, some companies have policies that detail plans to trade and establish mutual partnerships with the Indigenous communities. Their main goal is to enforce the respect of ancestral values and the protection of Indigenous lands while stimulating the economy and the employment market in Indigenous communities. Investing in companies that care about our heritage is the responsible thing to do.

Child Labour Droits des enfants

Droits des enfants

We were all children once

Children’s rights are a combination of norms and international rights that aim to protect individuals until a predetermined age. Each of these rights is inalienable and irrevocable, which means that no individual, under any circumstances, can violate them. Several treaties define and defend the status of children’s rights internationally, notably the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of Children.

Despite these boundaries and the efforts made to enforce these treaties, there’s still a lot of work to be done to protect the future of hundreds of millions of children around the globe.

We estimate that close to 168 million girls and boys aged between 5 and 14 years old are currently working, the equivalent of 1 child out of 10 worldwide.

The places most affected by this phenomenon are sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific. Labour exposes children to abuse and interrupts their education.

In order to guarantee respect for children’s rights, we must ensure that all sectors uphold the laws and policies that address and regulate child labour in affected countries. With responsible investment, you can have an immediate impact on these children’s futures while securing your own.

Worker Rights Droits Travailleurs

Droits Travailleurs

Between labour and modern slavery

Workers’ rights are not respected in several countries today, but one of the most baffling and alarming violations targeted by responsible investment solutions is modern slavery. Many people believe that slavery is an obsolete practice, but it persists today in various forms around the globe and remains as revolting as ever.

In 2013, the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh left 1,133 people dead. This tragedy gave rise to the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety initiative, created to provide a safe working environment without having workers fear fires, collapsing buildings or any other accident that can be avoided with reasonable safety and health measures. This agreement is a legally binding agreement that links local unions and more than 200 international clothing brands with operations in Bangladesh.

All countries must encourage worker rights, fair wages and basic freedom. Responsible investment is a force for change. Sustainable development will only be obtained through fair and humane conditions for all workers.