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The Government must seize the opportunity to strengthen the Modern Slavery Act

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Louise Eldridge, CORE Policy and Communications Officer

The second interim report by the Modern Slavery Act Independent Review makes a series of far-reaching recommendations to remedy the shortcomings of the Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) clause (section 54), echoing CORE’s submission.

Almost four years on from the introduction[…]

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New report demonstrates significant flaws in corporate sustainability reporting across the EU

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Louise Eldridge, CORE Policy and Communications Officer

A new report published today by the Alliance for Corporate Transparency Project – of which CORE is a member – shows that companies in the UK and across Europe are failing to report meaningful information about their impacts on society and the environment.

The Alliance for[…]

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Who made our uniforms? U.K. Public Sector Apparel Procurement: Ensuring Transparency and Respect for Human Rights

Friday, September 28th, 2018

A new report published by CORE and ICAR reveals that that a third of companies that have supplied uniforms for UK public sector workers, including the armed forces and prison officers, have not reported on what they are doing to tackle slavery in their supply chains.

Our report ‘Who Made Our Uniforms?’ reveals that few contractors[…]

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Joint Statement Calls on Government for Central Modern Slavery Registry

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

CORE and 35 other organisations, including NGOs Anti-Slavery International, Unicef and Oxfam, Supermarkets Tesco and the Co-op, and Unions the TUC and Unison have signed a joint statement published by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner calling on the Government to establish a central modern slavery registry.

Section 54 of the[…]

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Mind the Corporate Transparency Gap

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

The Home Secretary says there are ‘no excuses’ for businesses not to meet the gender pay gap reporting deadline. It’s time for Government to send the same message on modern slavery.

Today all private sector companies with 250 or more employees must have published details of their gender pay gap. Last week the deadline passed for[…]

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UK Modern Slavery Act Sets Example for Global Fight Against Exploitative Labour Practices – But Its Own Failings Must Be Addressed

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

This month, the Australian Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade published the findings from its inquiry into introducing a Modern Slavery Act, ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’, following an Australian government consultation paper containing a proposed model for the Act, released last summer.

In its preamble, the[…]

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Corporate governance reform or business as usual?

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Today the Government published its response to the Corporate Governance Green Paper consultation.

Over the weekend, proposals on executive pay captured the headlines. Government has backed away from giving shareholders a binding vote on executive pay, but plans instead to establish a public register of companies that have experienced a shareholder revolt – defined as a one-fifth vote against proposed top pay packets.

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Why investor engagement is crucial to the fight against modern slavery

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Blog by Patricia Carrier from the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Modern slavery is pervasive across corporate supply chains in all regions of the world, generating approximately $150bn a year in illegal profits. Sectors that are vulnerable include: agriculture, apparel & footwear, construction, food & beverage, manufacturing[…]

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