Executive summary: Industry engagement on ethical procurement—What we heard report

Through the National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking (national strategy), Canada has taken a whole-of-government approach to addressing human trafficking. The national strategy includes a commitment for Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to address human trafficking, forced labor, and child labour in government procurement supply chains. Against this backdrop, PSPC conducted 2 hybrid (in-person and online) awareness and engagement sessions with industry. The sessions included a guest speaker presentation, a presentation from PSPC, and a panel discussion featuring subject matter experts representing government, industry, academia, and civil society.

Key challenges

As highlighted by the panel, the key challenges with tackling human trafficking, forced labour, and child labour in Canadian industry are:


There was a general receptivity to PSPC’s ethical procurement activities introduced to date. Positive comments about the Government of Canada's action largely focused on the planned development of a human rights due diligence framework, and collaborations and partnerships. Constructive feedback focused on the absence of perceived enforcement resulting in little incentive for industry to comply.

Lessons learned

Lessons learned for engaging industry on these topics moving forward include:


In addressing these issues in federal supply chains, panelists and attendees recommended that PSPC:

Importance of industry awareness and education

Overall, the awareness and engagement sessions demonstrated the importance of continuing efforts to raise Canadian industry awareness and education on human trafficking, forced labour, and child labour in supply chains.

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