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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)

Ensuring effective access to legal remedies for victims of corporate human rights abuses in third countries is a key part of both the State’s duty to protect human rights and the business responsibility to[…]

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Human Rights Organisations Call on Liam Fox to Stop Export of Surveillance Equipment to Honduras

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

CORE and more than twenty other human rights organisations have written to Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox to stop the export of surveillance equipment to Honduras.

The UK Government has sanctioned the sale of telecommunications interception equipment to the Honduran Government despite the well-documented accounts of[…]

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Burma campaign UK to revive Burma ‘dirty list’ of companies linked to human rights violations

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Burma Campaign UK is planning to name and shame companies linked with human rights violations in Burma, publishing a revived version of its ‘Dirty List’ in early 2018.

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Mapping Human Rights Risks for 2017

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Global risk analyst Verisk Maplecroft has published its annual Human Rights Outlook report, outlining ten human rights risks impacting business in 2017.

Verisk notes that modern slavery risks are set to increase as the United States toughens its immigration policy, pushing countless undocumented migrants further underground and exposing them to greater exploitation.

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House of Lords considers new law to tackle corruption and human rights abuse

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Last week (8 March) cross-party Peers debated much needed legal reform to tackle widespread corruption and human rights abuses committed by multi-national corporations.

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Women need action, not words

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Today we show solidarity with women worldwide, championing the efforts of those who’ve fought back against the social and economic inequality that has afforded women a secondary status to men.

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Lords to consider how to punish and deter corporate crime

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Later this week the House of Lords will debate the Criminal Finances Bill.

This is a government bill to amend the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

The bill will create a new corporate offence of ‘failure to prevent tax evasion’, meaning companies could be prosecuted for not having procedures in place to stop tax dodging.

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What Brexit could mean for trade, labour rights and corporate accountability

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The UK’s political and economic journey creates opportunities for lobbying and collaboration across civil society. CORE will continue to work with our partners to defend standards and campaign for positive change.

Are decades of progressive EU legislation about to be done away with as the UK Government desperately tries to hang on to[…]

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The SDGs – an opportunity for business to do better

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Over a year in, the Sustainable Development Goals show no sign of losing momentum. Ruth Mhlanga reflects on how businesses can support the SDGs to create a world free from poverty without breaking the planet.

Blog by Ruth Mlanga, Oxfam Private Sector Policy Advisor

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Global banks respond to open letter on their human rights impacts

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

The Thun Group of Banks has responded to a joint letter coordinated by international NGO Bank Track and co-signed by CORE and 31 other organisations, calling on the group to withdraw a paper that questions banks’ responsibilities for human rights abuses linked to finance.

The Thun Group of Banks represents 11 leading banks as[…]

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CORE and partners support MPs call for corporate liability reform

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

CORE and our partner organisations are calling for the law to be changed so that companies and banks can be held to account for fraud and money laundering.

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Ministers respond to JCHR questions on business and human rights

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Tuning into last Wednesday’s JCHR Business & Human Rights evidence session, I watched Fiona Bruce MP questioning BEIS Minister Margot James about the UK National Contact Point for the OECD guidelines, and its ability to resolve complaints arising from alleged human rights abuses.

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2017 Partners’ Meeting: Brexit & Corporate Accountability

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Around 40 people from partner organisations joined CORE board members and staff at The Foundry on 23 January for our Annual Partners’ Meeting.

This blog summarises Deborah Doane’s and Dr. Jennifer Zerk’s presentation of the findings from their short study into the implications of Brexit for corporate accountability, commissioned by CORE.

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Podcast: holding companies to account

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

30 September 2016

CORE Director, Marilyn Croser, speaks to the Ethical Consumer conference about the successes and challenges in holding companies accountable.

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Podcast: CORE in nine

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Listen to CORE Director, Marilyn Croser, give a whistle-stop tour of CORE’s history and campaigns – all in nine minutes.

Here you can find out how CORE and our partners are demanding an end to corporate impunity, and seeking accountability for businesses responsible for gross economic, environmental and human rights abuses across the[…]

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CORE welcomes government corporate governance consultation

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

CORE welcomes the government’s announcement that it is considering requiring private companies to report on diversity, greenhouse gas emissions, and social and community issues.

CORE and our partner organisations have been pressing for the government to make private companies publish this information since 2014, when new European[…]

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Changing the rules to end corporate impunity

Monday, November 21st, 2016

An important bill aimed at tackling the big issue of corruption is currently making its way through Parliament. It is called the Criminal Finances Bill.

Money laundering, recovering the proceeds of crime, tax evasion and terrorist funding are among the key targets for Home Secretary Amber Rudd. In her 10 November speech to the Financial[…]

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Landmark Danish NCP conclusion on menswear chain owner – but what now?

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

This week the Danish National Contact Point for the OECD guidelines on multinational enterprises cast a damning light on Scandinavian company PWT Group for its failure to adequately assess dangers linked to the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 24 April 2013, killing 1,138 people and injuring more than 2,000[…]

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CORE gives evidence to Joint Committee on Human Rights session on human rights and business

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

In June the Joint Committee on Human Rights announced a new inquiry into human rights and business.

The inquiry is looking at the government’s progress on implementing the UNGPs through its National Action Plan (NAP), published in 2013 and updated in May 2016. This follows an earlier JCHR inquiry into business and human rights[…]

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Open-access registry for the Modern Slavery Act critical & urgent, say key stakeholders

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires commercial organisations operating in the UK with an annual turnover above £36m to produce a statement setting out the steps they are taking to address and prevent the risk of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.

A number of key stakeholders that were influential in securing the[…]

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Joint Committee on Human Rights launches inquiry into human rights and business

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has announced an inquiry into human rights and business. The inquiry will take into consideration progress made by the Government on implementing the UNGPs through its National Action Plan published in 2013 and updated in May 2016.

The inquiry will consider in particular what steps the Government takes[…]

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UK publishes updated Business and Human Rights Action Plan

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

The UK’s updated BHR action plan was published on 12 May, following a written ministerial statement in Parliament.

Visible, high-level political endorsement sends a powerful signal to business so it’s a pity that there’s no Ministerial Foreword included in the update, but despite this the plan clearly reasserts the UNGPs and the[…]

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Letter to Honduran Ambassador in the UK regarding Berta Cáceres

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

In a letter to the Honduran Ambassador in the UK, NGOs and individuals committed to social justice and human rights have condemned in the strongest possible terms the murder of Berta Cáceres, the inspiring and internationally-renowned social activist who spent her life fighting for and defending indigenous peoples’ rights to their[…]

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NGOs welcome adoption of new Council of Europe Recommendation on Human Rights and Business

Monday, March 14th, 2016

On 3 March, after a two year negotiation process, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a set of Recommendations to its member States on Business and Human Rights.

The European Coalition for Corporate Justice, Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists and the International Federation for Human[…]

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NGOs publish new guidance for companies on reporting under the Modern Slavery Act

Monday, March 7th, 2016

In autumn, following our successful campaign for the introduction of the Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) clause into the Modern Slavery Act 2015, we participated in discussions designed to inform the content of the accompanying Home Office statutory guidance for commercial organisations required to report under the new law.


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BIS Consultation on the UK implementation of EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

CORE and our partner organisations are preparing a response to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) consultation on the UK implementation of the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive.

The directive aims to improve the transparency of EU companies in terms of non-financial and diversity information, requiring large[…]

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CORE’s strategic review: key findings and Board response

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

In mid-2015, CORE carried out a strategic review to enable staff, board and coalition partners to understand the current state of play for the organisation and inform internal discussions of how CORE could and should develop over the next five years.

The CORE Board has issued a formal response to the review which you can read here.


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The Bottom Line: UK Corporate Abuse Overseas

Monday, October 19th, 2015

CORE’s report, The Bottom Line: UK Corporate Abuse Overseas, brings together ten recent case studies of serious abuses linked to UK corporations’ international operations.

Issues range from the appropriation of indigenous lands, the callous destruction of natural habitats, and corporate complicity in the violation of a litany of[…]

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Review of UK’s Business and Human Rights Action Plan: written submissions

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

CORE’s written submission to the government’s review, focussing on key actions under Pillars I and III, calls for more action on access to remedy, human rights due diligence, and a robust regulatory response to UK company malpractice internationally. Other submissions, including from several CORE member organisations are available on[…]

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Key materials on the working group meeting for a new international treaty on business and human rights

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Following a vote in favour of a resolution tabled by Ecuador and South Africa in the UN Human Rights Council last June, work has now started towards developing a new international treaty on business and human rights. Below are links to key documents and online updates from Geneva.

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A long road to remedy for corporate human rights abuses: POSCO in India and the OECD NCPs

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

‘This is a case not only of human rights risks and harms, but also, much more broadly, of contests over development agendas, and who gets to set them.’

A new case study, ‘POSCO’s Odisha Project: OECD National Contact complaints and a decade of resistance’ from the Non-Judicial Redress Mechanisms Project explores important[…]

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The Queen’s Speech 2015 – some highlights for civil society campaigners

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

CORE’s Advocacy Adviser Ruth Chambers takes a look at the Queen’s Speech and pulls out some highlights for civil society campaigners


In today’s Queen’s Speech (27 May 2015) the government has set out its legislative stall for the coming Parliamentary session, as it attempts to make its manifesto pledges a reality.

As is[…]

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Updating the UK Business and Human Rights Action Plan: CORE’s Recommendations

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

On 4th September 2013 the UK became the first country to release a Business and Human Rights Action Plan, building on its commitment to implement the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs). CORE gave the Plan a cautious welcome and urged the government to ensure that it leads to concrete steps to address corporate human rights abuse.

The process[…]

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Members of the European Parliament make history by voting in favour law on conflict minerals

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Following a campaign spearheaded by Global Witness and Amnesty International, members of the European Parliament have made history by voting in favour of a strong and binding law to tackle the deadly trade in conflict minerals.

Despite concerted efforts by big business to weaken the legislation, MEPs have approved a groundbreaking[…]

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CORE has joined with over 150 NGOs from across Europe to call on members of the European Parliament to vote for effective regulation of the trade in conflict minerals

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Every year, millions of Euro worth of minerals flow into the EU from some of the poorest places on earth. This trade in resources – such as gold, diamonds, tantalum, tin, copper and coal – continues to perpetuate a cycle of conflict and human rights abuses in many fragile areas of the world. These resources enter global supply chains[…]

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Mandatory human rights due diligence: developments in Europe

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Campaigners in France and Switzerland are aiming to improve corporate accountability by changing laws to require companies to conduct mandatory human rights due diligence throughout their operations. Below we report on a couple of prominent cases.


French bill on parent company liability

French campaigners were celebrating on 31 March[…]

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Priority actions for the new government on corporate accountability

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

In a poll conducted a few months prior to the UK’s 7 May general election, 79% of people agreed that ‘if big businesses do not want to comply with regulation they can usually get around it’.

This should come as no surprise given the repeated corporate scandals of the last five years.

Yet despite the seeming cynicism, there is[…]

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‘Critical mass’ of vigilance needed to eradicate slavery from supply chains

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Members of CORE including Amnesty International and UNICEF UK, along with our allies Homeworkers Worldwide and Quaker Peace & Social Witness have called for a ‘critical mass’ of vigilance to help eradicate slavery from company supply chains.

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act, passed on 26th March 2015 includes a clause requiring[…]

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SNP Manifesto 2015: key points on corporate accountability

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The full pdf document is available here. Key points:


We will vote to increase the minimum wage to £8.70 by 2020. We will also support measures to extend the Living Wage across the UK. The Scottish Government already pays the Living Wage to all of its own employees and to those covered by its pay policy – we will call on, and vote[…]

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What the main parties are saying on corporate accountability issues

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Summaries of commitments and statements in the Labour, Conservative, SNP and Liberal Democrat manifestos on pay, tax, regulation, international trade and development, and more.

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UK government commissions survey of access to remedy

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law has been asked by the UK Foreign Office, the Department for Business and the Ministry of Justice to undertake a quick survey of the UK’s current provision of access to remedy for victims of human rights abuses involving business enterprises.

BIICL would be very grateful for any[…]

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Liberal Democrat Party Manifesto 2015: key points on corporate accountability

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The full pdf document is available here. Key points:

Corporate reporting, company boards & pay

Extend existing reporting rules to establish consistent requirements on all large UK companies to report on the social, environmental and human rights impacts of their activities and those of their supply chains.

Work with regulatory bodies and[…]

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Conservative Party Manifesto 2015: key points on corporate accountability

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The full pdf document is available here. Key points:


In order to ensure that new pay structures for bankers rebuild trust and reduce short-termism, we will ensure that Britain continues to have the toughest regime of bonus deferral and clawback of any financial centre.

We will require companies with more than 250 employees to[…]

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Labour Party Manifesto 2015: key points on corporate accountability

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The full pdf document is available here. Key points as follows:

Corporate governance

Britain’s economy is being held back by the culture of short-termism, which is a major obstacle to the development of productive businesses and industries. We will reform corporate governance to protect our leading firms from the pressure to put[…]

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A new law: tackling slavery in supply chains

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Ruth Chambers


A wide coalition of civil society groups is today (26 March) celebrating the passing of a new law which will require businesses to tell the public what they are doing to eradicate slavery and forced labour from their supply chains.

The law is part of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which received Royal Assent today and which[…]

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Modern Slavery Bill: information on supply chains must be easy to access

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Baroness Nosheena Mobarik CBE


Transparency is the new globalisation.  Transformative in its effects, demanding different ways of doing business, posing significant challenges while creating tremendous opportunities.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the management of international supply chains.  Investors, consumers and,[…]

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Core achievements: a review of 2014

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The last five years have seen a crisis of trust in business following scandals around tax avoidance and excessive executive pay, and revelations of shocking practices in UK company supply chains.

CORE and our partner organisations work together to campaign for laws and policies to make UK companies more accountable and to prevent them[…]

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Guest blog: Why parliament should scrutinise the UK-Ethiopia BIT

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The House of Commons has been debating the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). But will the UK parliament use its powers to debate a bilateral investment treaty signed with Ethiopia?

The rich landscape of the Wolayita region in Southern Ethiopia highlights the country's huge potential (Photo: Rod Waddington, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

The rich landscape of the Wolayita region in Southern Ethiopia highlights the country’s huge potential (Photo: Rod[…]

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Modern Slavery Bill – social media push

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Twitter campaign no10 In recent months, we have teamed up with a number of human rights and anti-slavery groups to lobby hard around the Modern Slavery Bill on transparency in supply chains.

To support the campaign we’re organising a social media push ahead of the critical committee hearing in the Lords on Wednesday 10 December 2014. We are calling on[…]

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Harnessing supply chains to serve up healthy sustainable diets

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Guest blog: by Jane Wallis-Jones, WWF-UK

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I was struck by an article last week[i] and its associated report[ii] on overcoming the obesity epidemic. It unquestionably states that this enormous societal challenge cannot be faced using a piecemeal approach. One of the main findings of the report is that:

“No individual[...]

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Asset managers support inclusion of supply chain reporting in Modern Slavery Bill

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

A failure to manage human rights issues in supply chains may pose significant risks to business, according to a group of leading UK asset managers.

The investor group, with a combined total of £940 billion in assets under management, has written to David Cameron to express their concerns.

The group of 21 asset managers, which[…]

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Overconsumption: ‘Tis the reason to be sorry

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Guest blog: by Richard Dyer, Friends of the Earth

Bangka Island Indonesia Tin Mining

Photo credit: Ulet Ifansati / Friends of the Earth

Reducing resource consumption: Good for business, people and the planet

I hate to say it but it’s almost that time of year again; you know… when that bearded old chap in the red suit descends from above, bearing piles of[...]

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Loosening the chains: Modern Slavery Bill passes through the Commons

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Modern Slavery Bill passes through the Commons

Earlier this week the Modern Slavery Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons. The government’s amendment on supply chains was accepted without a vote and is now on the face of the Bill.

Several people spoke in the debate, some of whom reflected points from the coalition’s briefing. There was a consensus across[...]

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Tax justice walking tour: How unfair is Mayfair?

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Guest blog: by Ema Jackson, ActionAid

At ActionAid we’ve been campaigning for tax justice and exposing how big businesses dodge their taxes since 2008. We’ve come up with a fun new way to share what we’ve learnt: a tax justice walking tour around Mayfair.

Tax dodging by big business has become big news, but it’s not just the[...]

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Access to Justice remains elusive in the EU

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

by Frank Bold

The European Day of Justice was celebrated on 25 October. The day is dedicated to bringing justice closer to all European citizens, by informing citizens about the access to justice they are entitled to in other European countries, which should be similar to the access they have in their own country. In short,[...]

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Modern Slavery Bill: Ensuring Transparency in Supply Chains

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Slavery can be lucrative, and not just for human traffickers. Many companies benefit, whether knowingly or unknowingly, from cheap labour in their supply chains.

Parliament is discussing a Modern Slavery Bill that the government says will hold big business to account to keep supply chains slavery free.


However the bill the[...]

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Surprise news from Home Office adds momentum to Transparency in Supply Chains campaign

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Details awaited on government plans to require business to deal with supply chain slavery

The Home Office surprised human rights campaigners this week with an announcement that it plans to include measures in the Modern Slavery Bill to address slavery in global supply chains. CORE Director, Marilyn Croser, offered a cautious[...]

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Talking Politics with Traidcraft

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

CORE Director, Marilyn Croser, reflects on the political party conference season in a blog on Traidcraft’s website.

Link to[...]

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Human rights violations have increased 70% globally since 2008

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

by Marilyn Croser CORE

The UK government must hold companies to account for abuses such as slavery, land grabs and trade in conflict minerals, says report

Since 2008, there has been an unprecedented rise in human rights violations globally, up 70% according to a new report. Workers’ rights are seriously compromised and rural[...]

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Channel 4 Dispatches: Supermarkets – only half the story

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

by Fiona Gooch, Traidcraft

The need for legislative action on supply chains is paramount – voluntary action is insufficient to resist competitive pressures to deliver short-term profit

This week, Channel 4 Dispatches investigated supermarket supply chains and revealed the working lives of those at the very bottom: the[...]

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UNHRC votes on business and human rights resolutions

Friday, July 4th, 2014

At the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, June 2014, two resolutions were adopted by the Council. The first, drafted by Ecuador and South Africa, directs “to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group with the mandate to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on Transnational Corporations[…]

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Seeking quality guidance for your strategic report? The FRC’s Guidance on the Strategic Report misses the mark

Sunday, June 1st, 2014


The Financial Reporting Council has published its Guidance on the Strategic Report. The non-mandatory guidelines are designed to encourage companies to provide their shareholders with a holistic and meaningful picture of their business model, strategy, development, performance, position and future prospects.

In the lead up to[...]

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Letter to Jenny Willott MP: Supply Chain Transparency (May 2014)

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

As part of our ongoing work around corporate transparency, we wrote to Jenny Willott MP, Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs, to request a meeting to discuss progress on supply chain transparency. View the letter here

BIS has put a good deal of effort and resources into reform of non-financial reporting,[...]

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Prosperity, neutrality, reality (& accountability?)

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

by Marilyn Croser, CORE Director

Four things that jumped out at me from the Kiobel FoI documents that have been released to CORE:

We have a problem

A section on p.52 headed ‘Prosperity and support to British business’ in a briefing for Ministers on whether to submit an amicus brief in the Kiobel case includes the line:


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Modern Slavery committee endorses supply chain legislation

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The report from the parliamentary committee looking at the draft Modern Slavery bill has recommended legislative measures to address the issue in company supply chains.

Key extracts:

169. ….The CORE Coalition warned us that the purely voluntary approach has not been effective at eliminating modern slavery.

170. We recognise the[…]

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To make a successful FOI request, take a big dollop of patience and a handful of top-class law students

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Marilyn Croser, CORE Coordinator

Below is some background about our story in today’s Guardian on the way Shell and Rio Tinto successfully lobbied the UK government for support against human rights court cases in the U.S. The FCO documents were released to us at the end of February, for key quotes and analysis see this Amnesty[…]

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Letter to the UK government on human rights incidents at the North Mara Mine, Tanzania

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

RAID (Rights and Accountability in Development) and CORE have written to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to request that the UK government ask questions of UK mining company African Barrick Gold and its majority shareholder Barrick Gold Corporation, regarding human rights violations at the North Mara mine in Tanzania. The letter is[…]

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CORE statement on EU non-financial reporting negotiations

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

CORE and several member organisations have released this statement on the UK government’s position on the EU non-financial reporting proposal.

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Coming up: UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The 2nd UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights begins on 2 December in Geneva. The Forum brings together representatives from civil society, government and business to discuss key issues and work that has gone on over the past year to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Indigenous people’s rights are[…]

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Corporate transparency: latest on the European proposals

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Over the last few weeks, much of CORE’s advocacy work has focused on influencing the EU non-financial reporting reforms. All of the amendments that the European Coalition for Corporate Justice put forward to strengthen the proposal have been tabled by at least one political group, and some have the support of multiple groups. So even[…]

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CORE’s freedom of information requests on Shell court case: FCO & BIS scrape the bottom of the barrel for excuses

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

In February 2012, the UK government made an intervention in Kiobel -v- Shell, a US court case brought against Shell by a group of people from the Niger Delta. The case became notorious when Shell argued that corporations couldn’t be sued for violating international law. The UK government joined with the Dutch government to submit an[…]

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