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EU election manifestos 2019: what do they say about corporate accountability?

Monday, May 20th, 2019

We examined the manifestos of UK political parties’ contesting the European elections, to be held in the UK on 23 May 2019. What do they say about protection of human rights and the environment with regard to the global operations of UK companies?

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Why Brazil needs a new law on supply chain reporting and mandatory human rights due diligence

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

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.

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What effect has supply chain legislation had on the prevalence of modern slavery in Brazil?

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

In her blog, Caroline Emberson of the Rights Lab, University of Nottingham, describes findings from a research project investigating the supply chain effectiveness of modern slavery legislation.

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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 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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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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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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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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UK companies can help break the cycle of poverty wages on Assam’s tea plantations

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Anirudha Nagar, Asia Director, Accountability Counsel

CORE Coalition, Accountability Counsel, Nazdeek, and other civil society organisations concerned about labour exploitation on Assam tea plantations are writing to 12 major British tea brands and retailers that source tea from Assam, urging them to use their purchasing power to help[…]

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UN Forum on Business and Human Rights: rhetoric or responsibility?

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Louise Eldridge, CORE Policy and Communications Officer

Last week I attended my first UN Forum for Business and Human Rights in Geneva. Here are some impressions from a Forum ‘newbie’.

The Forum has been held every year since the UN Human Rights Council’s endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights (UNGPs) in 2011.[…]

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Hope for reform, and remedy? External reviewers visit the UK NCP

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Louise Eldridge, CORE Policy and Communications Officer

Last week, CORE Coalition along with our partner organisations Amnesty International UK and RAID were interviewed as part of the peer review of the UK’s National Contact Point (NCP) 

What is the UK NCP and why does it matter? 

You’d be forgiven for not having heard of[…]

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Reforming corporate “purpose”: is it enough?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Louise Eldridge, CORE Policy and Communications Officer

The protection of human rights and the environment from corporate abuse is a serious challenge in the 21st century. But will redefining the “purpose” of corporations ensure that their actions align with the interest of people and planet?

Last Thursday, I joined over a[…]

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Mandatory human rights due diligence is the direction of travel

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Louise Eldridge, CORE Policy and Communications Officer

In response to pressure from civil society, European governments are beginning to introduce laws to require companies to respect human rights.

Last week, I attended an event on ‘Using the Corporate Toolkit to Address Public Ills’ at University College London (UCL) Faculty of[…]

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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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Open civil society letter to support the Nobel Peace Prize for Human Rights Defenders

Monday, September 17th, 2018

CORE and over 200 other civil society organisations from around the world have signed onto a letter endorsing the Nobel Peace Prize for the global community of Human Rights Defenders.

Since 1998, over 3000 human rights defenders have been killed for defending the fundamental values enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights[…]

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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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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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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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Pay Ratios On Their Own Are Not Enough

Friday, July 13th, 2018

On 11 June 2018, the Government tabled new reporting requirements for large companies. Companies will now have to publish the ratio between their CEO pay and the pay of their average worker.

The new law also requires directors to report on how they have had regard to the interests of other stakeholders, including employees and[…]

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NGOs call on Swedish mining company Boliden not to block access to justice

Friday, July 6th, 2018

CORE, Sherpa, the European Coalition for Corporate Justice and the International Federation for Human Rights have written to the CEO of Boliden Mineral, a Swedish mining company, calling on Boliden not to block the Appeal Court in Sweden from hearing the case of Arica Victims v Boliden Mineral.

In 1984, Boliden dumped over 20,000 tons[…]

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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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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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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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Letter to the President of the European Commission on Human Rights Expertise for the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

CORE, alongside other civil society organisations, independent experts, Members of the European Parliament and trade unions have written to the President of the European Commission to urge the Commission to include a human rights mandate for the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance.

The Commission’s Action Plan on Financing[…]

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Government Consultation Not Addressing Need for Fundamental Corporate Governance Reforms

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Sanctions for asset stripping and individual director accountability for presiding over corporate failures are long overdue. But too many company boards continue to prioritise short-term profit over long-term value creation. A positive obligation on directors to take steps to prevent serious impacts on employees, suppliers, customers,[…]

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CORE 2018 Annual Partner Meeting at The Foundry

Monday, February 19th, 2018

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.

Much of the day was devoted to panel discussions on different topics, allowing attendees to find out more about[…]

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BiD Take Legal Action Against UK Government to Designate G4S ‘High Risk’ Supplier

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Yesterday, Leigh Day solicitors acting on behalf of Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) launched formal legal action against the UK government in an attempt to force it to designate security company G4S a ‘High Risk’ strategic supplier in the wake of a number of catastrophic failings.

These failings, many of which were highlighted[…]

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The Government Responds to JCHR Report on Business and Human Rights

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

On Friday 12th January the Joint Committee on Human Rights published the Government’s response to the Committee’s 2016 report, ‘Human Rights and Business 2017: Promoting responsibility and ensuring accountability’. While the inquiry and subsequent report were very thorough, the Government response over-emphasises the impact of[…]

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Exploring Elements of Effective Remedy: Focus on Women’s Rights

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

As part of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2017 (which took place in 28 November in Geneva, Switzerland), CORE was involved in a parallel session on effective remedy and women’s rights.

The session consisted of three panel discussions. CORE, along with Womankind Worldwide, UK Gender and Development Network, AWID, Landesa and[…]

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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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Interaction of Law and Supply Chain Management in Cross-Judicial Supply Chains

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

CORE, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and Repórter Brasil are partners in a University of Nottingham and Fundação Getulio Vargas research project funded by the British Academy on ‘The Interaction of Law and Supply Chain Management in Cross-Judicial Supply Chains: Supply Chain Effectiveness of Modern Slavery[…]

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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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Launch of OECD Watch ‘Remedy is the Reason’ Campaign

Monday, December 4th, 2017

As a member of OECD Watch, CORE and other member organisations have launched a campaign calling for the improved effectiveness of OECD National Contact Points (NCPs) so that NCPs can provide access to remedy for victims of business related human rights abuses.

NCPs were established as a means to ensure business compliance with the OECD[…]

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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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What is the proposed treaty on business and human rights?

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

The call for a treaty comes from a network of activists and states demanding that corporations be required to uphold human rights, labour and environmental standards when conducting business at home and abroad.

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Letter to Tanzanian President on Gold Mine Human Rights Abuses

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

CORE, along with six leading human rights organisations, has signed a letter to the President of Tanzania, calling for an urgent investigation into human rights abuses at Acacia’s North Mara Gold mine.

The letter highlights the numerous detailed reports and complaints about violent attacks by police and security at the mine. One[…]

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Letter on Women Human Rights Defenders in Honduras

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

CORE has joined 169 human rights organisations in signing an open letter to Honduran Embassies across the globe, calling for an end to the attacks against women human rights defenders in Honduras.

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Campaigners call for new treaty to strengthen access to remedy

Friday, October 6th, 2017

The European Coalition for Corporate Justice, along with The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and Human Rights Watch have written an open letter to the Ecuadorian Mission to Geneva, calling for stronger remedy provisions for victims of corporate abuse.

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Letter to Thai Prime Minister re Criminal Defamation of Migrant Workers

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

CORE is among a coalition of 87 civil society groups, worker organisations, businesses and European Parliamentarians which have sent an open letter sent to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha regarding criminal defamation charges brought against Myanmar workers.

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New proposals to empower victims of modern slavery

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Early September marked the return of Parliament and saw peers scrutinise new proposals to strengthen support available for victims of modern slavery.

Lord McColl’s Modern Slavery Bill which received its 2nd Reading on Friday 8 September aims to enshrine in law victims’ entitlement to support during the reflection and recovery period, while the competent authorities are deciding whether there is evidence that they have been a victim of modern slavery. This would be accompanied by a statutory duty to provide confirmed victims of modern slavery with ongoing support and leave to remain for a period of 12 months.

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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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Professional Sports Union Tackles Human Rights Abuses

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

In an effort to curb sports-linked abuses, the 85,000 player affiliated union World Players Association has released a human rights policy aimed at protecting those in the sporting profession. This comes two months after FIFA published its own policy on human rights standards and marks a growing awareness of the varying threats posed to players’ welfare.

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Leading organisations come together to advance global labour rights

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Leading NGO and trade union representatives from UK organisations including Oxfam, the Trade Union Congress, Cafod, Homeworkers Worldwide and Fairtrade Foundation came together at UNISON’s head office this month to advance work on labour rights in global supply chains.

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G20 2017 Declaration: Key points on corporate accountability and labour rights

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

The G20 has endorsed a set of High Level Principles on the Liability of Legal Persons for Corruption and committed to ensuring that companies benefitting from corruption can be held liable.

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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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2017 Manifestos: what parties are promising on corporate accountability

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

In the run up to this year’s general election, the three main UK-wide political parties have now unveiled their manifestos.

There are many commonalities across three, with parties professing a desire to confront labour abuses such as modern slavery, and respond to new labour vulnerabilities driven by the “gig economy” and zero hour contracts. However, there are some notable differences on Brexit, corporate governance and the use of procurement to encourage better practice.

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SNP Manifesto 2017: key positions on corporate accountability

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

The SNP supports the creation of a robust regulatory framework to ensure that the UK economy is not vulnerable to a re-run of the 2008 financial crisis. The SNP will support measures including the reinstatement of the reverse burden of proof which, before being removed by the Tories, required senior bank managers to demonstrate they had done the right thing where wrongdoing had emerged on their watch.

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UKIP Manifesto 2017: key positions on corporate accountability

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

We do not accept that either a “hard” Brexit or an exit from the EU without a deal is in the interests of the British people. We will be actively campaigning to safeguard jobs, uphold basic rights and put environmental protection at the heart of any future trade deals.

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Green Party Manifesto 2017: key positions on corporate accountability

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

The Green Party would set an inspiring vision…. ensuring the environment is top of the political agenda.

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Conservative Party Manifesto 2017: key positions on corporate accountability

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The Conservative 2017 Manifesto shares a number of similarities with pledges made under the 2015 Manifesto. These include: reducing red tape, addressing tax avoidance and evasion, and requiring companies to publish information on executive pay.

In their 2017 Manifesto, the Conservatives pledge to introduce measures that ensure[…]

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Liberal Democrat Party Manifesto 2017: key positions on corporate accountability

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The Liberal Democrats’ 2017 Manifesto makes similar commitments to those pledged in 2015. These include: reforming laws to extend company reporting to ethical practices, environmental, worker and community protections; tackling tax avoidance and utilising public procurement to promote best business practice.

New pledges focus on[…]

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Labour Party Manifesto 2017: key positions on corporate accountability

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Labour’s 2017 manifesto advances many of the party’s 2015 manifesto pledges. These include: introducing a Living Wage; working with companies to build sustainable supply chains; reforming the UK takeover regime; addressing shareholder short-termism; and targeting tax avoidance.

Some new proposals include: collaborating with businesses to[…]

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Plaid Cymru manifesto 2017: key positions on corporate accountability

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Plaid Cymru will put an end to the unfair business rates system, by moving towards a turnover-based system. We will ensure there is a properly funded Welsh Development Bank to invest in Welsh businesses.

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JCHR Report on Business & Human Rights

Monday, May 15th, 2017

There is much about the Joint Committee on Human Right’s report on Business and Human Rights to commend. Building on 27 witness accounts and 53 written submissions, the Committee lists a series of bold and progressive recommendations, which include reforming an outdated corporate liability regime that’s proven ineffective at deterring malpractice and upholding human rights standards in UK business operations.

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Unfinished business – legislating to tackle economic crime

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

In the flurry of activity following the announcement of the 2017 general election, several bills were rushed through before the end of the parliamentary session. One of these was the Criminal Finances Bill, which meant that debates on its contents had to be curtailed.

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Brexit: what now?

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

A recent Workshop on Brexit Strategies for British & European Civil Society Organisations, organised by University of Exeter Business School in collaboration with CORE Coalition and the European Coalition for Corporate Justice has shed light into the potential implications of Brexit for the non-profit sector.

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Shell’s corruption scandal starves Nigeria of its potential

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Following news last week that it has delayed the clean-up of oil spills in the Niger Delta, multinational giant Shell is now embroiled in what campaigners are calling one of the biggest corruption scandals in the history of the oil sector.

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Update on Lords debate of Criminal Finances Bill

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Corporate criminal liability reform and a proposed new offence of ‘failure to prevent economic crime’ were debated in the House of Lords yesterday (3 April), during the Criminal Finances Bill second Committee day.  You can read the Hansard here.

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Corporate crime: where are we now?

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

It’s day two of Committee Stage in the House of Lords. This involves detailed line by line examination of the separate parts of the bill.

As a reminder, the bill will create a new corporate offence of ‘failure to prevent tax evasion’, extending the ‘failure to prevent’ model in the UK Bribery Act 2010 to corporate tax evasion, although there is some question over what, if any, differences there are between ‘adequate procedures’ as specified by the Bribery Act and ‘reasonable procedures’ as specified in the new failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion offence.

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Tesco’s fine for false accounting throws up many questions

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Supermarket chain Tesco escapes prosecution and pays a £129m fine and £85m in compensation to shareholders over 2014’s accounting scandal.

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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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