Briefing for House of Lords 8 Dec. debate on the case for maintaining the balance between rights and responsibilities in the corporate sectorThursday, December 8th, 2016
This briefing was prepared by CORE on behalf of our partner organisations and presents steps to ensure UK companies act responsibly. In the last decade, major companies have been linked to serious abuses around the world, giving rise to a huge financial and trust deficit.
In 2016, the UK government published a Business and Human Rights Action Plan but the voluntary measures outlined are insufficient to deter and sanction serial corporate offending. The government should now take steps to introduce legislation to prevent and punish corporate malpractice internationally; provide access to remedy for victims who have been subject to corporate abuse; and ensure criminal sanctions for companies which commit the most serious crimes.