KUALA LUMPUR: Supermax Corp Bhd says solely the Federal Authorities of Canada contract has been placed on maintain and an unbiased audit report is underway because it tackles a recent spherical of inquiries, this time from Canadian authorities, over its labour practices.
It was commenting on a Nov 14 information report entitled “Canada pauses imports from Supermax over compelled labour considerations” whose headline it deemed “deceptive and never correct”.
In a Nov 15 submitting with Bursa Malaysia, Supermax clarified that solely the Federal Authorities of Canada contract is on maintain pending the submission of an audit report by a US-based unbiased auditor, which will probably be made out there within the fourth week of November.
Canada’s Public Companies and Procurement division had stated in a Nov 10 assertion that it had requested six suppliers sourcing for gloves in Malaysia, together with Supermax Healthcare Canada, to supply info on its labour and human rights practices.
The Canadian authority stated it was awaiting a report from Supermax Healthcare Canada, which was anticipated in mid-November 2021.
“Within the interim, extra deliveries from Supermax Healthcare Canada to the Authorities are being held,” it stated.
Following these developments, Supermax stated it might pace up the method of its enterprise to fulfill the Worldwide Labour Organisation (ILO) requirements on migrant employees, however expressed its disappointment that “due consideration” had not been given to efforts that started in 2019.
“The Supermax Group had launched into its enterprise to fulfill the ILO requirements on migrant employees since 2019.
“The method has nicely began and Supermax is stunned that due consideration has not been given to the truth that corrective steps have began and enhancements made to labour welfare,” it stated.
The Canadian market represents about 9% of the group’s whole market share, though Supermax stated this fluctuates based mostly on profitable tender awards for every year.
Supermax added that every one different private protecting gear merchandise below Supermax Canada’s portfolio reminiscent of surgical face masks, glove imports from different suppliers, robes and dental merchandise, will not be affected by the ban.
“The length of the withholding of contract would additionally decide the extent of the opposed monetary affect. Nevertheless, the Firm doesn’t foresee any materials affect operationally,” it stated.