Modern Slavery Act – Transparency in Supply Chains
Following the passage of the 2015 Modern Slavery Act, CORE has worked to provide guidance and research on the transparency in supply chains clause. The clause requires companies with an annual turnover of £36 million or more to report on what they are doing to identify and address modern slavery in their supply chains.
In 2016 we published guidance for businesses required to report, and in 2017 we followed this up with short guides on best practice. Alongside this guidance, we have also conducted research into the levels and quality of compliance. Our report, ‘Risk Averse‘, was published in October 2017. We also successfully campaigned for the introduction of this clause.
CORE, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and Repórter Brasil are currently partners in a University of Nottingham and Fundação Getulio Vargas research project funded by the British Academy on ‘The Interaction of Law and Supply Chain Management in Cross-Judicial Supply Chains: Supply Chain Effectiveness of Modern Slavery Legislation’.
Corporate Crime & Corporate Governance
In March 2017, CORE responded to the Ministry of Justice’s call for evidence on economic crime. There, CORE maintained that if companies are to be held to account for engaging in criminal activities, the UK corporate liability regime ought to be reformed to introduce a failure to prevent economic crime offence. With partners Amnesty International and Oxfam, CORE also responded to the government’s Corporate Governance Green Paper consultation in February 2017.
Following the Home Office announcement for a new anti-corruption strategy in December 2017, CORE, alongside Traidcraft, Corruption Watch and Global Witness, wrote to the Guardian arguing that the Law Commission ought to conduct an inquiry into the reform of the UK corporate liability regime.
UK Business & Human Rights Action Plan
CORE secured the commitment from the UK Government to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the authoritative global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of human rights abuses linked to business activity. The UK’s Business and Human Rights Action Plan was launched in September 2013.
Corporate Accountability and Access to Justice
With our partner organisations ECCJ and ICAR, in December 2013 we published ‘The Third Pillar’, a major report on access to justice for victims of transnational corporate human rights violations. We followed this in 2014 with a major conference on access to justice held at The Law Society in London.
More recently, at the 2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights CORE hosted a panel discussion on effective remedy with a focus on women’s rights. Alongside this panel discussion, CORE and partner organisation, Womenkind provided an executive summary of research conducted by Essex University, ‘Land intensive corporate activity: the Impact on Women’s Rights’.
Working with partner organisations, CORE has also been instrumental in establishing a new resource, www.bhrinlaw.org, that tracks global changes in mandatory due diligence legislation and parent company liability.