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Past Events

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

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

Trade policy is now centre stage in the dynamics of the UK’s departure from the EU, offering opportunities to influence developments that may have enormous consequences for human rights in the UK and around the world. The court helped demystify the interface between trade policy and human rights and explored how to communicate the connections to lawmakers and policymakers.

Day one looked at the implications of trade policy for human rights, giving an overview of WTO rules, the EU’s framework and challenges posed by Brexit. Day two explored how to frame a feminist analysis of trade policy, and day three addressed the gaps and opportunities in the current advocacy landscape on trade and human rights.

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.

On March 8th, Director of CORE, Marilyn Croser, spoke on a panel session with Gillian Caldwell, CEO, Global Witness, Peter Frankental, economic relations programme director, Amnesty International and Maria Pia Bianchetti, senior private sector policy and advocacy adviser, UNICEF UK 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.

Much of the day was devoted to panel discussions on different topics, allowing attendees to find out more about what other organisations are doing across the field of corporate accountability and business and human rights.

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Exploring Elements of Effective Remedy: Focus on 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.

The session consisted of three panel discussions. 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?’

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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. 

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

Monday 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. 

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

Wednesday, 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.

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Brexit Strategies for British & European Civil Society Organisations Workshop

Monday, 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.

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

Monday, 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.

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Doing good business: challenges of corruption and anti-corruption

Tuesday 10 May 2016, 9:00-10:30

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.

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

20 January 2016, 2-4.30pm

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. The 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.

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

Friday 10th July 2015, 11am – 4pm

CORE held a training session on access to documents and information, with Leigh Day.

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

Monday 6th July 2015, 10am – 3pm, 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.

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

11 June 2015, 10am-12noon, 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.


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The Phulbari case: lessons for future strategies


Thursday 4 June 2015, 2-5pm, Global Justice Now

This event 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.

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CORE members and partners’ strategy meeting

The Foundry, Vauxhall, London, Monday 2nd February 2015


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


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UK Trade Promotion and Respect for Human Rights: The Case of Burma

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Macmillan Room, Portcullis House
18.30 to 20.00, Monday 12 January 2015

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

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Transnational Corporate Human Rights Abuses:
Delivering Access to Justice

CORE and BHRRC, in association with BIICL
The Law Society, London, 17 July 2014

Victims of human rights abuse by business, wherever it occurs, require full and effective access to judicial remedies. Three years on from the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, there is more work to be done. CORE Coalition and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, in association with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), host 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.

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

Room XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, 4 December 2013

This session 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.’

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

UK civil society experts’ workshop
Amnesty International UK, London, 25 February 2013

CORE is a partner in a three-year research project led by the universities of Melbourne and Essex which addresses the urgent need to provide vulnerable workers and communities with more effective means of defending their human rights when these are violated by businesses based in countries elsewhere in the world. The experts’ workshop was an opportunity for UK civil society to discuss preliminary research findings with senior academics working on the project: Shelley Marshall, Senior Lecturer at the Monash University and Professor Sheldon Leader, Director of the Essex Business & Human Rights Project at the University of Essex.

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

Kings Place, London, 12 July 2012

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.