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Corporate Complicity

Forced labour, forced relocation, beatings, murder, rape….these are just some of the violations companies who trade with or invest in Burma risk supporting. When Levi Strauss pulled out of Burma in 1992, the company made the following statement:

"It is not possible to do business in Burma without supporting the military regime and its pervasive human rights abuses."

While international investment may help to bring positive change in some countries, this is not the case in Burma. Foreign investment and trade in Burma helps perpetuate the cruelty of a repressive unelected junta.

Unfortunately, many Canadian companies continue to do business in Burma. In so doing, these countries are acting against the express wishes of Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Burma’s democratically elected, National League for Democracy (NLD), which won 82% of the vote in the country’s 1990 elections.

Stop Canadian Corporate Complicity with Burma’s Military Regime

Write letters to the companies below condemning their business with Burma’s military regime. Send a copy to CFOB & your Member of Parliament!

The companies below are directly violating the appeals of Aung San Suu Kyi and her democratically elected National League for Democracy — which won 82% of the vote in the 1990 elections — by doing business with Burma’s military dictatorship, the SPDC (see sidebar) . Under SPDC rule, Burma exports more heroin and opium than all other sources combined.

Gross violations of human rights continue including summary execution and arbitrary imprisonment, torture and rape. SPDC’s use of forced labour, which is extensively documented in the 1998 Report by the International Labour organization (ILO), is so pervasive that it comprises 3% of Burma’s Gross Domestic Product.

In November 2000, the ILO implemented an unprecedented resolution tantamount to a call for sanctions. The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) stated that it is impossible to do business in Burma without supporting the military’s widespread use of forced labour.

Canadian Investment

(last updated Sept. 2, 2005)

Mining and Resource Extraction

  • Ivanhoe Mines
  • East Asia Gold Corp
  • Leeward Captial
  • Jet Gold Corp
  • TG World Energy

Transportation and Cargo Sertvices

  • Air Canada
  • CHC Helicopters

Retailers and Imports

  • Export Packers Company Ltd
  • Good Harvest Seafood
  • Midlands Seafoods (Winnipeg) Inc.
  • Midlands Seafoods Inc.
  • Saan
  • Tai Fong International Ltd
  • Trimark Athletic Supplies
  • Wah Loong Ltd


Complete list of companies linked to Burma

ICFTU Report Condemns Business in Burma

The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) released a report in January 2005, outlining how business and foreign investment in Burma strengthens the country’s brutal military regime.

The report specifically mentions Canadian investments, such as Ivanhoe Mines, which is earning the military regime revenue each year which is spent on maintaing Burma’s massive armed forces. The report asserts that economic sanctions can help bring democracy to Burma.

Please Visit: ICFTU Burma Campaign for more information


Press Releases/Statements and News

Burma Parliamentary delegation expected in Canada

CFOB statement on latest communal violence in Burma

What more can Canada do in Burma? - Tin Maung Htoo

Burma’s Kachin seek Canadian support

Staying true for human rights for all - Rebecca Wolsak

Why Inter Pares is wrong on Burma - Tin Maunng Htoo

CFOB concerned with Kachin conflicts in northern Burma

CFOB 2012 Annual Report released!

Statement on CFOB AGM on Dec. 15, 2012

Burmese Civil Society Organizations Dismayed by Inter Pares

CFOB AGM on Dec. 15 in Toronto

Minister Jason Kenney to Meet with Prominent Buddhist Monk

CFOB in Crisis with Rohingya in Burma

Baird Concerned about Renewed Violence in Rekhine State

Burmese Foreign Minister Queitly Visited to Canada

CFOB Policy Statement: “Navigating the thaw: Burma-Canada Relations in 2012 and beyond”

Over 70 Canadians and Burmese activists cleared from 'Blacklist'

Revised: Canada Calls for Peaceful Solution in Arakan state of Burma

Advocating humanitarian assistance to Kachin IDPs in Burma

Parliamentary Testimony with Aung Din (USCB)

Parliamentary Testimony with Tin Maung Htoo (CFOB)

Minister Kenney Surprises Burmese Community with Announcement

Minister Jason Kenney to meet with Burmese community leaders in Toronto

Policy Consultation on Burma

Burma Day - Celebrating 20th of CFOB

Long-time Burma supporter Brian John passed away

CFOB pleased by prisoners release but more reform needed

CFOB Welcomes Fine For Firm That Illegally Exported Plane to Burma

CFOB Welcomes U.S Secretary of States Visit to Burma

CFOB Saddend by the Loss of Jack Layton

Cross Canada bike ride for Burma reaching to final destination

Ivanhoe received US$103 million from Burma's copper mines

Burmese President accepts credentials of Canadian Ambassador to Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi supports UN commission of inquiry on Burma

Transfer of Ivanhoe's Burmese assets to weapons firm must be probed

Canada Sends Best Wishes to Aung San Suu Kyi on Her Birthday

66th Birthday Events of Aung San Suu Kyi in Canada

Suu Kyi to be honored on Canada Day in Côte Saint-Luc

Cross-Canada Bike Ride for Burma

Suu Kyi addresses to Conference on ‘Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict’

New Burmese Ambassador to Canada: a messenger for new regime in Burma?

Media coverage on detained Canadian in Burma

Suu Kyi to deliver video message at Carleton University

Carleton University to Honour Aung San Suu Kyi

Canada to Support 'Commission of Inquiry' on Burma's rights violations

Canada to Renew humanitarian support

Canada to welcome additional 1,300 Karen Refugees from Thai-Burma Border

CFOB Welcomes Opposition Party Calling for Economic Sanctions

Two events today in Toronto and Vancouver to mark DSSAK Day

CFOB applauds government and Parliament for granting Honorary Citizenship for Suu Kyi, and urges more action on Burma

CFOB welcomes throne speech to honor Suu Kyi with Honorary Citizenship

Canada Welcomes Statement by the United Nations Security Council on Burma

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