Does the UK have an international duty to adopt a mandatory due diligence obligation law on business and human rights?Thursday, July 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
In response to pressure from civil society, European governments are beginning to introduce laws to require companies to respect human rights.