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About CORE

CORE is the UK civil society coalition on corporate accountability. We work with our partner organisations to advance the protection of human rights and the environment with regard to the global operations of UK companies, by promoting a stronger regulatory framework, higher standards of conduct, compliance with the law, and improved access to remedy for those harmed by the activities of UK companies.

What People Say About Us

In mid-2015, CORE carried out a strategic review to enable staff, board and coalition partners to understand the current state of play for the organisation and inform discussions of how CORE could and should develop over the next five years. Below is a selection of quotes from the interviews conducted during the evaluation.

“I suspect that the NGO sector as a whole has engaged more effectively with government on issues of corporate accountability than it would have done [without CORE].”

“I’d say in my particular field, CORE has issued comment papers or reactions to the main government publication – Business and Human Rights Action Plan – which have been so logical and well argued, well set out, that they are basically pretty unanswerable. They have struck just the right tone, the content of them is excellent. So they have had an influence and a ‘holding to account’ role that has been more effective than anybody else.” (Government official)

“The really great thing about CORE is that it is a brilliant link with organisations that I am not personally in touch with. So having that good relationship with CORE is key to quickly get things done as a coalition”.

 “Co-ordinating efforts is a sensible strategy and is incredibly useful for us.” (Government official)

“The advantage of [a submission] coming from CORE is that it reflects a broad spectrum of issues… None of the other NGOs look across the piece. CORE is therefore a really good interlocutor as it can aggregate all of its members’ view and give a more rounded contribution.”

“There are very few of the major NGOs which have any major focus or staffing in the area of corporate accountability. And some don’t have any at all. So CORE enables them to stay on top of the information and remain within the limits of their skills base. I’m convinced that many of them wouldn’t have understood things like the Modern Slavery Bill without CORE’s input.”

“CORE was at the forefront of lobbying against the LASPO proposals…I cite that as an example where I found the existence of CORE and its convening role extremely useful… In that case I can’t imagine that we would have got involved unless we had had engagement with CORE.”

Key findings from the review, the full report and the response from the CORE board were published in November 2015.

Our funders

Our core funding currently comes from the  Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation. In 2015/16, we also received grants from the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust (for a one year project on corporate crime) and Humanity United in support of our guidance for companies on the Modern Slavery Act supply chain reporting requirement.  Details of coalition partner organisations’ contributions and ad-hoc funding for events can be found here.

The Tinsley Foundation gave an unrestricted donation of £1000 in 2015. Our 2014 access to justice project was co-funded by the European Commission’s DG-Justice. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and Leigh Day generously contributed towards the cost of a conference held as part of the project.


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