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Upcoming events

CORE 2020 Annual Partner Meeting

25th February 2020, London

On the 25th of February 2020, CORE held another successful Annual Partner Meeting, bringing together over 70 individuals representing our partner organisations, NGOs, law firms, Trade Unions and academic institutions. Our panellists discussed and debated the topic ‘Rewriting the rules on corporate accountability.’ For more, click here.

Previous events

CORE 2019 Annual Partner Meeting 

13th February 2019, London

CORE held another successful Annual Partner Meeting at The Foundry in London, bringing together our partner organisations – including NGOs, law firms and academics – to discuss corporate accountability issues and strategies for the year ahead. Find out more here.

Three-day Training Program on Trade, Human Rights and Gender: The Current Policy Landscape & Opportunities for Advocacy

12-14 June 2018

Together with Amnesty International UK, Trade Justice Movement (TJM), and the Gender and Development Network (GADN), CORE hosted a three-day training program from 12-14 June on Trade, Human Rights and Gender.

Innovation Forum: How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour

March 7-8th 2018

This multi-stakeholder conference hosted by the Innovation Forum provided discussion on how individual businesses can tackle modern slavery in their supply chains and business operations. Director of CORE, Marilyn Croser, spoke on a panel session on ‘An NGO perspective: What are the emerging risk areas and what’s still missing from companies’ current approaches’.

CORE 2018 Annual Partner Meeting at The Foundry

15th February 2018, London

On the 15th February CORE held its 2018 Annual Partner Meeting, bringing together partner organisations, NGOs, academics and government officials to discuss corporate accountability issues and strategies for the year ahead.

Effective Remedy and Women’s Rights

28 November 2017, Geneva (Switzerland)

As part of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2017, CORE was involved in a parallel session on effective remedy and women’s rights. CORE, along with Womankind Worldwide, UK Gender and Development Network, AWID, Landesa and other women’s advocacy organisations, hosted a panel discussion on ‘Women’s rights and land intensive investment: What does meaningful access to remedy look like?’

LSE Short Course: “A Practical Introduction to Business and Human Rights”

4-5 July 2017, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE

This two-day course aimed to introduce participants to the latest academic work, most innovative company practices and investor and civil society outlooks on business and human rights. Day one focused on understanding business and human rights advocacy and remedy for business-related human rights abuses. Day two concentrated specifically on businesses’ perspectives on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. 

C20 Summit Workshop: “Fostering Sustainable Supply Chains and Responsible Business Conduct: G2017 and Beyond”

19 June, 2017, HafenCity University, Hamburg, Germany

CORE Director Marilyn Croser spoke alongside actors from civil society, labour, business, and the Government at a C20 workshop on sustainable supply chains and responsible business. Speakers discussed the importance of due diligence and transparency in identifying, preventing, mitigating, and communicating possible human rights or labour rights violations, corruption, and adverse environmental impacts throughout supply chains. 

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Modern Slavery Statements – One Year On

31 May 2017

In light of the varied business response to the new requirements under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act, industry experts, including CORE’s Director Marilyn Croser, came together to discuss the lessons, insights, good and bad practice from Modern Slavery Statements.

Brexit Strategies for British & European Civil  Society Organisations

24 April 2017

This event was organised by the University of Exeter Business School in collaboration with the CORE Coalition and the European Coalition for Corporate Justice. The event brought UK and European civil society organisations together to help coordinate responses to the policy and organisational challenges of Brexit.

Parliamentary roundtable: Women’s empowerment & the role of the private sector in development & responsible business

17 October 2016

The All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group, in conjunction with CORE the Gender and Development Network, held a parliamentary event to discuss ways to increase the role of the private sector in supporting women, particularly to further gender equality, advance their rights, and assist them to build more accountable and responsive institutions at all levels.

Doing good business: challenges of corruption and anti-corruption

10 May 2016

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption, The All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law and Traidcraft, Amnesty International, CAFOD and the CORE Coalition held a breakfast meeting in advance of the Anti-Corruption Summit. The meeting offered an opportunity to reflect on the limitations of prosecuting large complex companies for a range of serious harms, both economic and personal, affecting the public in the UK and abroad.

Borderless Politics: How & Why Do Large Firms Participate in Political Life?

20 January 2016

Borderless Politics, a joint initiative of the universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow seeks to improve society’s understanding of how and why firms participate in public life. This session was an opportunity for civil society practitioners working on corporate accountability and transparency to discuss the project’s initial analysis and the implications for corporate disclosure in the UK and internationally.

CORE / Leigh Day training session on access to documents and information

10th July 2015

CORE held a training session on access to documents and information, with Leigh Day. Click here for details and materials.

The Future of Big Business: Civil Society Roundtable Event on Corporate Governance

6th July 2015, Cass Business School

Frank Bold and CORE held a civil society roundtable event on corporate governance. The event explored opportunities for collaboration and fed into the development of a new model for corporate governance.

CORE strategy meeting: Advocacy on UK corporate accountability with the new government and Parliament

11 June 2015, TUC Congress House

This meeting provided an overview of current debates and processes in the new government, as well as space to share intelligence, ideas, strategies and tactics.

The Phulbari case: lessons for future strategies

Thursday 4 June 2015,  Global Justice Now

This event with Global Justice Now provided a workshop for human rights campaigners, activists and lawyers to learn more about the proposed mine in Phulbari, Bangladesh and the campaign against it, and further to explore campaign strategies around corporate injustices, including: the process of making a UK NCP complaint; potential additional/alternative strategies; and legal/policy reforms needed to improve accountability in similar cases.

CORE members and partners’ strategy meeting

2nd February 2015, The Foundry, London

The meeting was well attended with over 40 organisations represented. CORE provided an overview of our current work areas and successes in 2014.

International Corporate Responsibility All-party Parliamentary Group: “Hand in Hand” or Conflict of Interest? UK Trade Promotion and Respect for Human Rights: The Case of Burma

12 January 2015

This meeting looked at the issues involved with UK Government protection of human rights and promotion of business interests, with a focus on Burma.

UK political party conferences

CORE fringe events at UK Political Party Conferences: Business and Human Rights, Autumn 2014


Transnational Corporate Human Rights Abuses: Delivering Access to Justice

CORE and BHRRC, in association with BIICL

17 July 2014, The Law Society, London

CORE Coalition and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, in association with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), hosted an afternoon conference to discuss recommendations for actions that should be taken to address the issue, drawing on “The Third Pillar: Access to Judicial Remedies for Human Rights Violations by Transnational Business”, produced by CORE, ICAR and ECCJ, and “Injustice Incorporated” by Amnesty International.

Access to Remedy: Opportunities and challenges for judicial and non-judicial grievance mechanisms

4 December 2013, Palais des Nations, Geneva

A side-event session at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights took up some of the issues and recommendations from the plenary discussions on the opening day of the UN Forum: ‘Non-judicial remedy: Is practice on the ground delivering effective remedy outcomes?’ and, ‘Overcoming barriers to effective judicial remedies.’

Evaluating redress mechanisms governing the human rights practice of transnational business: lessons for institutional design and operation

25 February 2013, Amnesty International UK

Holding the Giants to Account: Strategic Litigation Against Multinational Companies – Workshop with Leigh Day & Co.

12 July 2012, Kings Place, London

Partners from law firm Leigh Day, renowned for its pioneering work on corporate accountability court cases gave an overview of the issues involved in this type of litigation to civil society representatives.