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Calls to action

Civil society joint action statements, signed or coordinated by CORE

A joint letter calling for urgent action for Leicester garment workers and recommendations for a Leicester garment cross-Government task force

15 July 2020

Read the full letter here >>

IFC coronavirus funding must be used to protect workers

Thursday 21 May 2020

The $8 billion IFC coronavirus financing for companies must be used to protect workers. We’ve joined Human Rights Watch, ICAR, UNI Global Union, Clean Clothes Campaign and others to call for social protections and civil society engagement.

Read the full letter here >>

Time for constructive engagement on the UN Binding Treaty

Monday, 14 October 2019

CORE and 58 other organisations have signed a statement demanding that the EU and its Member States act in good faith to work to deliver a Binding Treaty on business and human rights. This can complement and reinforce national and regional rules, such as mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence.

Read the full statement here >>

A call for EU human rights and environmental due diligence legislation

Thursday, 3 October 2019

CORE and 87 other NGOs and trade unions across Europe are calling for effective EU due diligence legislation to ensure that companies operating in the EU adhere to human rights and environmental standards, and to ensure access to justice for victims of corporate abuse.

Read the full letter here >>

Government must act on supply chain abuses

Tuesday. 4 June 2019

CORE and 15 other NGOs, unions, investors and multi-stakeholder organisations have signed a joint statement asking the Government to take tough action to ensure companies make serious efforts to eradicate modern slavery from their supply chains.

Read the full letter here >>

International Call on Banks: Don’t finance the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline

Thursday, 30 May 2019

A coalition of African and international organisations is calling on South Africa’s Standard Bank and Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC) to withdraw from their role as lead arrangers for a massive oil pipeline under construction in Uganda and Tanzania.

Read the letter here >>

49 global CSOs call for justice for Nigerian villages devastated by Shell oil spill

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

CORE and other international organisations are calling on 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 devastated their livelihoods. The recent ruling that Zambian communities can sue mining giant Vedanta in the UK for abuses caused by its Zambian subsidiary, only strengthens the Nigerian communities’ appeal.

Read the letter here >>

Read CORE’s blog here >>

25 NGOs and trade unions call for a UK law on mandatory human rights due diligence

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

We are civil society organisations who want companies to be more accountable. Today, we are launching a new campaign calling for an effective law to require companies and investors to take action to prevent human rights abuses, worker exploitation and environmental harm in their global operations, activities, products, services, investments and supply chains.

Read the statement here >>

Brumadinho dam: NGOs urge companies and investors to use leverage and require Vale to remedy the situation

Thursday, 21 February 2019

CORE and 85 other organisations addressed a letter to companies and investors of the mining and steel industry following the rupture of the Brumadinho tailings dam, on January 25, urging them to exercise their due diligence and to require Vale S.A. to adequately repair the victims of these events and provide guarantees of non-repetition.

Read the letter to business partners and actors in the supply chain >>

Much to fear from post-Brexit trade deals with ISDS mechanisms

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

CORE has signed a joint letter calling for UK Trade Secretary Liam Fox to take seriously the concerns of civil society and set out a trade policy that puts people and planet before corporate interests.

Read the letter published in the Guardian >>

Joint Statement Calls on Government for Central Modern Slavery Registry

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Read the public statement here >>

Read CORE’s blog here >>

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

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Read the letter here >>

Read CORE’s blog here >>

Campaigners Call on UK Supreme Court to Allow Nigerian Communities’ Appeal in Landmark Case Against Shell

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Read the letter here >>

Read CORE’s blog here >>

NGOs Call on Unilever CEO to Match Rhetoric with Action

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Read the letter here >>

Read CORE’s blog here >>

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

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Read the letter here »

Read CORE’s blog here >>

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

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Read the letter here >>

Read CORE’s blog here >>

Letter to Tanzanian President on Gold Mine Human Rights Abuses

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Read the letter here >>

Read CORE’s blog here >>

Letter on Women Human Rights Defenders in Honduras

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Read the letter here >>

Read CORE’s blog here >>

Letter to Thai Prime Minister re Criminal Defamation of Migrant Workers

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Read the letter here >>

Read CORE’s blog here >>

Letter to Honduran Ambassador in the UK regarding Berta Cáceres

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Read the letter here >>

Read CORE’s blog here >>

Joint CSO Letter to Thun Group Banks on Human Rights Responsibilities

February 14, 2017

An open letter in response to the Thun Group’s recent paper considering Principle 13 of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), from BankTrack and 34 other signatories from international civil society and academia.

Read the letter >>

Read the response >>

Open letter to brands and retailers purchasing Assam tea

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Open letter from civil society organisations to brands and retailers purchasing Assam tea attending the TEAM UP 2016 conference on tea and sustainability, regarding raising wages in Assam and request to remove litigation in the Guwahati High Court preventing updated minimum wage payments on Assam tea estates.

Download the letter »

Recommendations to London Stock Exchange’s AIM for removal of United Cacao Ltd.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

In a letter sent to the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM), over 60 indigenous organizations and NGOs from Peru, Europe, and the United States raise grave concerns related to ongoing illegal deforestation for palm oil and cacao in the Peruvian Amazon by United Cacao Limited SEZC. The groups have called for the company to be immediately removed from trading on AIM, citing the company’s breaches of AIM rules and illegal clear-cutting of Peruvian rainforest.

Download the letter >>