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Consultation responses

CORE’s responses to UK government and other consultations

Response to the Corporate Governance Green Paper

Monday, February 20th, 2017

CORE welcomes the publication of the Green Paper and the opportunity to respond. This response covers sections 2-4 of the paper.

In the decade since the overhaul of company law, it has become apparent that the current framework of enlightened shareholder value, combined with a voluntary Corporate Governance Code and an emphasis on ‘culture’ has failed to address egregious corporate malpractice and to provide collective and individual accountability for management failures. New corporate scandals continue to come to light almost daily and public trust in business remains historically low.

Only genuine reform, not minor adjustments and more voluntary schemes can address these issues.

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Joint CSO Open Letter to Thun Group Banks on Human Rights Respsonsibilities

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

An open letter in response to the Thun Group’s recent paper considering Principle 13 of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), from BankTrack and 34 other signatories from international civil society and academia.

 

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CORE submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights' inquiry into human rights and business

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

CORE’s submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry provides evidence on the UK’s implementation of the UNGPs.

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CORE Response to The Non-Financial Reporting Directive consultation

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

A response to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills consultation on the Non-Financial Reporting Directive: A call for views on effective reporting alongside proposals to implement EU requirements.

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Letter to the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU on ESG risk management in the Shareholder Rights Directive

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

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CORE submission to the Tackling Exploitation in the Labour Market consultation

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

A response to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills consultation on tackling exploitation in the labour market.

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CORE Submission to inform the revision of the UK's National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

CORE’s submission to the government’s review of the UK’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, including analysis of the document’s current deficiencies and recommendations for improvement.

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CORE response to the Modern Slavery and Supply Chains consultation

Friday, May 8th, 2015

A response to the Home Office consultation on the scope of the transparency in supply chains clause of the Act, and comments on the proposed content of the statutory guidance.

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CORE submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Modern Slavery Bill

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The submission makes a series of recommendations to strengthen the Bill to improve corporate transparency and accountability. The document outlines the steps companies should take to minimise the risk of the most serious labour rights violations within their supply chain.

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Second submission to the Drafting Group on Human Rights and Business of the Council of Europe

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Comments and suggestions from Amnesty International, ECCJ, FIDH, CORE and Sherpa on the Draft Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on human rights and business of 22 August 2014.

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UNWG Consultation on National Action Plans - Submission on Remedy

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), CORE, and the European
Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) emphasise that, in the development of National Action Plans (NAPs), States must first conduct National Baseline Assessments (NBAs) and then commit in their NAP to close identified gaps through legislative or other regulatory means.

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UNWG Consultation on Substantive Elements of National Action Plans

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

This submission offers the perspectives of The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) and The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)—with the support of the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE), the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), and the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)—on the open public consultation document released by the UN Working Group, entitled Practical and Substantive Considerations in the Development and Enactment of a National Action Plan to Implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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European Commission's strategy on CSR 2011-2014

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The Commission launched this public consultation in order to receive feedback on the
implementation of its most recent policy on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which
is outlined in the Communication “A renewed EU strategy 2011-14 for Corporate Social
Responsibility” (COM(2011) 681).

CORE states its support for the Commission’s new definition of CSR which has helped to set minimum expectations in the international setting. CORE identifies the weaknesses in the agenda for action, makes recommendations for the next steps and underlines why CSR is important for companies and society as a whole.

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Joint submission to the Drafting Group on Human Rights and Business of the Council of Europe

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The response expresses support for a Council of Europe non-binding instrument focused on access to justice and closely related issues. Such an instrument should essentially deal with State–based judicial mechanisms given the Council of Europe’s long-standing expertise in this field and since other instruments have already provided important guidance on companybased grievance mechanisms.

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Response to UK Export Finance consultation

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Changes to the UK government’s powers to support exports and investments must fully reflect the environmental, social and human rights dimensions of UK Export Finance’s activities.

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Submission to the Joint Committee on the draft Modern Slavery bill

Monday, February 10th, 2014

CORE welcomes the draft Bill which presents an important opportunity to introduce much-needed legislative measures as a necessary first step to improving corporate transparency and accountability for the most serious labour rights violations in the supply chain.

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Comments on ‘Exposure Draft: Guidance on the Strategic Report’ (Financial Reporting Council)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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Submission to ‘EU Proposals to reform non-financial reporting: call for evidence’ (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

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Submission to 'Corporate responsibility: a call for views' (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Friday, September 27th, 2013

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Submission to 'Transparency and trust: enhancing the transparency of UK company ownership and increasing trust in UK business' (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Friday, September 13th, 2013

CORE and the Environmental Law Service

This briefing relates to the UK government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skill’s Company Ownership Transparency and Trust Discussion Paper, Q.39: The merits of strengthening responsibilities of banking directors by amending the directors’ duties in CA06 to create a primary duty to promote financial stability over the interests of shareholders.

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Response to 'The future of narrative reporting: a new structure for narrative reporting in the UK' (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

CORE’s response to “The future of narrative reporting: a new structure for narrative reporting in the UK”.

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