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A new vision for better business (for Liberal Democrat Voice)

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Ahead of the 2019 General Election, the Liberal Democrats made a welcome commitment to ensuring “better business”. This vital policy promise, which sits squarely in the Party’s commitment to an ongoing pursuit of ‘radical reform’, recognises that the current system is not working to everyone’s benefit, and that firms should be have a positive impact on society alongside pursuing profit.

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Does the UK have an international duty to adopt a mandatory due diligence obligation law on business and human rights?

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Dr Dalia Palombo asks if the UK has a legal obligation to adopt a law on mandatory human rights due diligence, referring to the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) and the UN Treaty Bodies.

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Hanging by a thread? COVID-19 and garment workers

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Seven years on from the Rana Plaza disaster in which 1,134 people tragically lost their lives, garment workers’ are still at risk.  As companies scramble to limit financial damage during the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of vulnerable people living in countries without a social safety net are bearing the brunt of the crisis.

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Mandatory human rights due diligence: an issue whose time has come

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

In April this year, 25 civil society organisations launched a campaign for a new law to make UK companies more accountable for human rights abuses and environmental abuses in their global operations and supply chains. The good news is that there is growing momentum worldwide for similar legislation.

Mandatory human rights due diligence and corporate liability developments in Europe. Credit: European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ).

 

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UK falls short on corporate regulation

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Laws to regulate companies’ behaviour are desperately needed – but at the current time, the UK falls short. We explain why the UK needs to move beyond the Modern Slavery Act and also introduce a law that makes companies act to prevent human rights and environmental abuses.

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Time for constructive engagement on UN Binding Treaty

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Around the world, citizens are mobilizing for action to stop climate change and corporate activities damaging our shared environment, health and future.  International rules are needed to address the harm that global businesses and value chains can cause, and to address insufficient regulation by national governments.

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Towards mandatory human rights due diligence in the UK

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Several political processes currently underway in the UK offer civil society space to push the Government on mandatory human rights due diligence (mHRDD), writes Marilyn Croser, CORE’s Director. This blog was originally published by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.

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Why Brazil needs a new law on supply chain reporting and mandatory human rights due diligence

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Brazil is losing ground on eradicating modern slavery from its supply chains. Lessons learned from the implementation of the UK Modern Slavery Act could be the starting point for future legal developments in South America’s largest country, says Caio Borges from leading Brazilian NGO, Conectas Human Rights.

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UK NGOs and unions call for new law to curb multinationals’ global abuses

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

CORE and more than 20 organisations are launching a call for legal reform to make UK multinationals accountable for human rights abuses and environmental damage linked to their global operations and supply chains.

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UN Forum on Business and Human Rights: rhetoric or responsibility?

Friday, December 7th, 2018

CORE Policy and Communications Officer, Louise Eldridge, attended the 2018 UN Forum for Business and Human Rights in Geneva. Here are some impressions from a Forum ‘newbie’.

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