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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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Access to Legal Remedies for Victims of Corporate Human Rights Abuses in Third Countries

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Claire Bright, Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) write about the obstacles to justice for victims of corporate human rights abuses, and how they might be overcome.

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What does 2019 hold for corporate accountability?

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

50 people from NGOs, academia and law firms gathered at The Foundry in London on Wednesday 13th February for CORE’s annual partners’ meeting. Below is a brief summary of the very wide-ranging expert presentations given on the day.

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The Zambian farmers who are suing a mining company in a British court

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Louise Eldridge, CORE Policy and Communications Officer

This article was originally published by Africa is a Country.

In January 2019, a group of Zambian farmers brought their fight for justice to the UK Supreme Court, in a case with far-reaching implications for multinational companies.

Zambia’s economic development since the 1920s[…]

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The UK Supreme Court considers whether parent company Vedanta may be held legally responsible for the harm caused by its Zambian subsidiary

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Carlos Lopez, Senior Legal Adviser at the International Commission of Jurists, and Marilyn Croser, Director of CORE.

This blog was originally published by OpinioJuris.

The United Kingdom Supreme Court is presently considering an interlocutory appeal by the company Vedanta Resources and its Zambian subsidiary KCM challenging a Court of[…]

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CORE and ICJ to intervene in UK Supreme Court case

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Marilyn Croser, Director of CORE

CORE and the ICJ have been granted permission to intervene in an appeal before the United Kingdom Supreme Court (Vedanta Resources PLC and another v. Lungowe and others).

The two organizations’ submissions provide evidence on comparative law and international standards regarding the responsibilities of[…]

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Recent decisions in the UK on parent company liability cases show the need for law reform

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

This article was commissioned by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and originally published on their website

The UK is home to some of the largest multinational corporations in the world operating through integrated networks of subsidiary companies and complex supply chains. Through their global activities, UK companies are[…]

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Unilever: time for real leadership on human rights

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018. Marilyn Croser, CORE Director

Unilever must provide remedy to the Kenyan workers and their families who suffered serious human rights abuses on the firm’s tea estate. In seeking to hide behind its corporate structure to avoid accountability, the company risks undermining the very principles that it claims to[…]

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Campaigners Call on UK Supreme Court to Allow Nigerian Communities’ Appeal in Landmark Case Against Oil Giant Shell

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

CORE and 45 civil society organisations from around the world have called on the UK Supreme Court to allow 40,000 people from two Nigerian fishing communities to appeal against a ruling that oil giant Shell cannot be held responsible for pipeline spills that have devastated the environment in the Niger Delta.

The Ogale and Bille[…]

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Court of Appeal Decision Threatens to Close Route to Justice

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Last week, CORE and 45 civil society organisations from around the world wrote to urge the UK Supreme Court to allow two Nigerian fishing communities to appeal against a ruling that oil giant Shell cannot be held responsible for pipeline spills that have devastated the environment in the Niger Delta.

In February the Court of Appeal ruled[…]

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NGOs Call on Unilever CEO to Match Rhetoric with Action

Friday, April 20th, 2018

CORE, and NGOs REDRESS, Kituo Cha Sheria and the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability, have written to Unilever CEO Paul Polman to express their concern with how Unilever is handling a case brought by tea workers in Kenya who suffered horrific abuses under their watch.

Unilever UK argue that they have very little to do with[…]

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Holding Multinational Corporations to Account: Barriers and Opportunities in the Current State of Play

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

By William Meade

Multinational corporations headquartered in the UK operate via subsidiaries all over the world. When UK companies are linked to human rights abuses in the jurisdictions in which they operate it is essential that victims can still access judicial remedy, and that the UK-headquartered parent company is held to account.[…]

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