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Actions and Voices Supporting Humanist Rights:
1 February, 2014
SCS President asks Laura Secord about the ethics of their ingredients suppliers
I recently received an email from World Vision drawing my attention to the problem of child labour being used in the harvest of cocoa beans. They have developed logos that identify chocolate manufacturers who are sourcing cocoa and other ingredients from producers who do not exploit children or others unfairly. As a regular purchaser of Laura Secord products, (because of the high quality of the finished product) I would like to be assured that the absence of any of these logos on Laura Secord packaging does not indicate that you source ingredients from abusive suppliers. Thank You.
The Laura Secord Customer Service Department responded as follows:
Thank you for your message. In addition to providing high-quality products that are safe for our customers, we also have a responsibility to the community. Even with several store locations across Canada, Laura Secord remains to be a family company with family values.
Laura Secord supports responsible cocoa cultivation, sound environmental management, respect for all communities, recognition of international labour standards, and fair employee compensation. Laura Secord’s supplier buys its cocoa beans from various select, serious and reputable sources. Laura Secord and its supplier have a clear stance against child labour and the supplier has visited the Ivory Coast to solidify direct working relationships with local cooperatives. These cooperatives are required to follow strict rules of conduct that govern all of the members which reinforce a safe work environment. This means that we can ensure a high quality supply of cocoa beans from organizations that share our values.
We appreciate your feedback and want you to know that we take this matter seriously.
23 December, 2013
SCS releases new video presentation regarding Medically Assisted Suicide in Canada. In this presentation, SCS President, Doug Thomas talks about the Dignitas Accompanied Dying model in Switzerland and how the model could be used as a guideline for legalizing MAS in Canada.
The Youtube link is: MAS Video
18 December, 2013 - Two articles analyse the IHEU Freedom of Thought Report
"17 % o World's Nations Hate Atheists" – Doug Thomas' analysis of IHEU report – Huffington Post, December 13, 2013
"[Atheists face] Discrimination or Persecution in Most Countries"– National Secular Society (UK)
10 December, 2013 – IHEU Freethought Report
The International Humanist and Ethical Union has published its Freethought report for 2013. Find out where atheists are in greatest danger around the world (13 countries execute people for being atheist). Download the report and make a donation to IHEU at: Freethought Report
7 December, 2013
American CFI is in a Supreme Court battle over the right of for-profit companies to be exempt from providing birth control support for workers because of the religious views of the employer. Here is an excerpt from CFI's newsletter.
"The [US]Supreme Court recently announced that it will hear arguments in two cases regarding the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act. This mandate requires all employers, apart from houses of worship, to provide prescription birth control products without charging a co-payment. The mandate is based on the latest studies from the medical community which establish that birth control has significant health benefits for women and their families.
The plaintiffs in these cases are two for-profit employers, Hobby Lobby Corporation and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation, that argue that their “right” to religious free exercise has been substantially burdened by the requirements of the mandate.
If the Supreme Court determines that a for-profit corporation can exert religious rights, the effects will reach far beyond contraceptive care.
Almost every part of law would be affected by the radical idea that a for-profit entity possesses religious rights. Such an outcome would undercut completely the secular character of our legal system, with potentially hundreds of legal exemptions for religious belief being created for corporations.
We [CFI US] will be filing an amicus brief with the Court to deny these businesses the special privileges they seek based on their alleged religious beliefs and to ensure that quality health care is available for all employees."
26 November, 2013
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