Modern Slavery Act–
Transparency in supply chains
Through our leadership of an NGO coalition, and working with business and investor groups we succeeded in persuading the government to include a measure in the Act requiring 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.
Revealing the corporate influence on policy-making
Following an 18 month battle, the UK Foreign Office was forced by the Information Commission to publish documents which revealed how Shell and Rio Tinto had lobbied the UK government to intervene in human rights court cases brought against the companies in the United States.
Improving corporate transparency
We led UK campaigning on the European Non-Financial Reporting directive, which passed into law in November 2014. The directive will require the largest companies in the EU to provide information in their annual reports on social, environmental and human rights issues throughout their supply chains, and represents a major step forward for corporate transparency.
Our concerns that reporting requirements in the UK were not effective led the government to review the Companies Act. As a result, from October 2013 quoted companies are required to include information in their annual reports on their human rights policies and the policies’ impacts.
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.
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.
CORE’s campaigning was instrumental in creating the legal requirement included in the Companies Act 2006, for company directors to consider the impacts of business operations on the community and the environment. This was the first time a piece of legislation included such a requirement.