Work causes more than 2.1 million deaths globally every year, whether it’s due to the child labour used in the production of cacao or electronics, or contract food preparation workers dying on the job in Canada. The costs of work-related injuries account for about four per cent of the total world GDP.
Workplace injuries also erode companies’ profits. And this doesn’t begin to address the cost of mental health issues associated with work. Working environments should not cause pain and injury in employees — it’s bad for business. Access to reliable information on working conditions needs standardized reporting, and Canada is well-positioned to show leadership on this issue. (Source: Annex Business Media, 2019).
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