On 4 September 2013, the UK became one of the first countries to launch a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, building on the government’s commitment to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. While CORE shares the plan’s clear expectation that UK companies respect human rights throughout their global operations and supply chains, we question whether the proposals will be sufficient to reduce corporate abuses.
CORE member Friends of the Earth has launched a petition calling on the UK government to back tough new rules requiring companies to report on how their activities affect people and the planet. Alongside organisations from all over Europe, CORE is campaigning for all large EU companies to be required to report on their social, environmental and human rights impacts and risks.
Last year the UK intervened on the side of the oil giant Shell in Kiobel - v – Shell, a major US court case brought against the company by a group of people from the Niger Delta. Over the past eighteen months, CORE has made a series of Freedom of Information requests to try to get to the bottom of the UK government’s decision to intervene in the case.