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UK Parliament’s Human Rights Committee calls for new laws to stop company human rights abuse

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

CORE welcomes call from Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights for laws to prevent child labour and other abuses linked to British companies.

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UK corporate liability regime ‘not fit for purpose in the 21st century’

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Criminal law reform is needed if Theresa May is to deliver on her ambition of getting tough on irresponsible behaviour in big business, a group of NGOs have said ahead of a House of Lords debate tomorrow (9 March).

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UK Modern Slavery Act: First 75 company reports in

Monday, March 7th, 2016

There has been a welcome flurry of early compliance reports from companies in anticipation of the first reporting deadline under the UK Modern Slavery Act. However, according to corporate accountability groups the CORE Coalition and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, the majority of these early company statements on modern slavery in supply chains appear not to meet the Act’s requirements.

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CORE and Leigh Day welcome jail sentence for first modern slavery offences, but still no prosecution in case of ‘worst UK gangmaster ever’?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

A corporate accountability group has welcomed news that for the first time, a British businessman has been prosecuted and sentenced for human trafficking offences, but questions why there has been no prosecution in a similar case involving a company described as the ‘worst UK gangmaster ever’.

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Modern slavery: government must ensure that new measures shine a light into company supply chain practices

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
  • CORE welcomes today’s announcement from Prime Minister David Cameron that companies with a turnover of more than £36 million will be required to report on slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains from October.
  • Companies should be guided to report on what they are doing to address the risks of slavery in their supply chains.

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Investors support inclusion of supply chain reporting in the Modern Slavery Bill

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Investors with a total of £940 billion in assets under management are backing the Government’s recent commitment to include proportionate supply chain reporting requirements in the Modern Slavery Bill.

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Euro companies able to reap rewards from deadly conflict mineral trade

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today, weeks before new legislation will be discussed in Parliament.

A new analysis by Global Witness shows that companies are bringing billions of euros worth of minerals into Europe without having to disclose if their purchases finance armed groups or human rights violations in countries ravaged by conflict.

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Leading UK charities call on government to tackle corporate human rights abuses abroad

Friday, September 19th, 2014

A group of leading UK charities has launched a manifesto setting out recommendations to improve sustainability and corporate accountability practices.

The CORE Coalition, whose members include ActionAid, Amnesty International, CAFOD, Friends of the Earth, Traidcraft and WWF, is calling on the UK’s political parties to commit to make companies more accountable on corporate tax avoidance, human rights abuses within their supply chains and access to justice for victims of corporate abuse.

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UK government must legislate to tackle corporate human rights abuse abroad

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Opportunities this autumn for action to address slavery in supply chains and the trade in conflict minerals – The UK government must stop relying on voluntary measures to prevent UK businesses harming people and the environment overseas, a network of leading human rights, development and environmental NGOs said today.

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UK government succeeds in weakening EU corporate transparency reform

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The UK and other governments have succeeded in watering down new European rules designed to boost corporate transparency, by blocking plans that would have required large private companies to report on their environmental and social impacts, alongside firms listed on stock exchanges.

However, MEPs brought forward and defended some important improvements to the initial proposal, such as a requirement for companies to report on the most significant risks to people and planet posed by their suppliers. The reform will cover all listed companies and large public interest entities in the EU.

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Justice denied for victims of corporate human rights abuse

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Victims of human rights abuses caused by multinational companies are unable to access justice, despite government commitments to action made over two years ago, according to a major new report  released ahead of the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva.

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