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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.

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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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