Chapter 3


Aboriginal living standards Qualite de vie des Autochtones

Qualite de vie des Autochtones

The future of First Nations.

We tend to ignore the living standards and working conditions of Canada’s First Nations. They are alarming however: according to a study by the Aboriginal Affairs of Northern Canada, the living standards of Canada’s First Nations are ranked 63rd in the world. This places Canadian aboriginal tribes on the same level as residents of third world countries!

Canada dropped from 1st to 5th place in the rankings for living standards around the world primarily because of housing and health conditions for First Nations communities.

For several years now, government initiatives and NGOs have attempted to establish parity between the living conditions of First Nations and those of the rest of Canada. Their efforts must be supported by the financial sector.

Today, some companies have policies that detail plans to trade and establish mutual partnerships with the First Nations. Their main goal is to enforce the respect of ancestral values and the protection of aboriginal lands while stimulating the economy and the employment market in First Nations 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 in order to protect the future of hundreds of millions of children around the globe.

We estimate that close to 160 million girls and boys aged between 5 and 14 years old are currently working.

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

In order to guarantee respect for children’s rights, we must ensure that the private sector upholds the laws and policies that address and regulate child labour in affected countries. RI funds allow you to have an immediate impact on these children’s futures while securing your own.

Worker Rights Droits Travailleurs

Droits Travailleurs

Between labour and modern slavery

Worker 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.

Uzbekistan has been accused several times in the past year of shady practices during the cotton harvest season. For many years, responsible investors called for a boycott campaign against Uzbek cotton. They reaped the rewards of their efforts in 2013, when the As You Sow Campaign by the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) imposed an international boycott by 136 companies.

Countries must put worker rights, fair wages and basic freedom ahead of profit. Responsible Investment is a force for change. Sustainable development will only be obtained through fair and humane conditions for all workers.