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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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