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Deforestation law welcome, but government must go further

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

The CORE Coalition welcomes the Government’s announcement that it will require UK companies to carry out due diligence on their supply chains – but the government must impose due diligence with legal liability for companies across all human rights and environmental harms.

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Victims of violence at Unilever tea plantation take complaint to the UN

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

A group of 218 current and former Kenyan tea workers have filed a formal complaint to the UN against Unilever today for its failure to respect international human rights standards following widespread violence at the multinational’s largest tea plantation. The complaint is brought by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), REDRESS, Kituo Cha Sharia, the CORE Coalition (CORE) the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) and Leigh Day.

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Supreme Court Shell hearing a last chance for justice for Niger Delta

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

On Tuesday June 23 the UK Supreme Court will hear pollution claims against Shell from two Nigerian communities, the Ogale and Bille. CORE Coalition, the UK’s long-standing civil society network on corporate accountability, joined the International Commission of Jurists to act as interveners in the case.

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Vedanta Resources and subsidiary to face justice the UK over human rights harms in Zambia

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Today, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the CORE Coalition welcomed the decision of the United Kingdom Supreme Court to allow a complaint to proceed against Vedanta Resources Plc and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), alleging serious harm from extraction activities in Zambia.

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Ahead of Supreme Court ruling in human rights case against mining company, UK NGOs and unions call for new law to curb multinationals’ global abuses

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

On the day that the UK Supreme Court rules on whether 1,800 Zambian villages can continue their claim against mining giant Vedanta, more than 20 organisations launch 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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Companies failing to report meaningful information about their impacts on society and the environment

Friday, February 8th, 2019

The Alliance for Corporate Transparency project has analysed how European companies disclose information necessary for understanding their impact on society and the environment, as required by the EU Non-financial Reporting Directive. the report finds that on the whole, companies are failing to report meaningful information.

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UK multinationals must respect human rights globally, UK Supreme Court is told

Monday, January 14th, 2019

The UK Supreme Court is to hear an appeal on 15 and 16 January 2019 from mining giant Vedanta Resources, in a case brought by 2,000 Zambian villagers who claim that their water and land have been poisoned by the firm’s operations. The Court will consider evidence from the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and CORE that under existing law and international standards, Vedanta owes a legal duty of care to the Zambian villagers.

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Letter to the Financial Times: A golden opportunity to end corporate impunity

Monday, September 17th, 2018

CORE, Corruption Watch and Transparency International UK’s letter, published in the FT, argues that it is virtually impossible in the UK under its present laws to prosecute large companies for economic crime and human rights abuses. We stress that the UK’s laws on corporate liability urgently need reform, in order to bring an end to corporate impunity.

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Letter to the Guardian: Pay Ratios on their Own Not Enough

Monday, June 18th, 2018

CORE, the TUC, ShareAction, the High Pay Centre, the Equality Trust and CAFOD have written to the Guardian, penning that while the publication of pay ratios will make it easier to hold directors to account for excessive pay inequalities, fundamental reforms to the UK corporate governance are needed. Transparency will not lead to more equal wages across firms unless accompanied by genuine structural reforms.

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UK Court of Appeal Rules Royal Dutch Shell Not Liable for Nigeria Oil Spills

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

40,000 villagers from the Niger Delta are now set to take their oil pollution case to the UK Supreme Court in a long-running legal battle.

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Letter to the Guardian: Carillion's Collapse Must Lead to Corporate Governance Reforms

Friday, January 19th, 2018

In the wake of the Carillion collapse, CORE wrote to the Guardian calling for wholesale corporate governance reforms.

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Call for an EU collective redress mechanism to protect all fundamental rights, not only for consumers

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

CORE has signed a joint statement calling for an EU wide collective redress mechanism for victims of corporate harm. The statement is also signed by ECCJ, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Health and Environment Advocates, European Environmental Bureau, Birdlife, ClientEath and the International Federation for Human Rights.

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New economic crime centre is welcome but fails to address glaring holes

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

CORE, alongside Traidcraft Exchange, Global Witness, and Corruption Watch have written to the Guardian in response to the Home Office’s announcement on a new economic crime centre.

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Modern slavery: top companies fail to name supply chain risks

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Top companies lack transparency about known risks of modern slavery in their supply chains, a new report from CORE Coalition finds.

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UK Parliament’s Human Rights Committee calls for new laws to stop company human rights abuse

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

CORE welcomes call from Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights for laws to prevent child labour and other abuses linked to British companies.

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UK corporate liability regime ‘not fit for purpose in the 21st century’

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Criminal law reform is needed if Theresa May is to deliver on her ambition of getting tough on irresponsible behaviour in big business, a group of NGOs have said ahead of a House of Lords debate tomorrow (9 March).

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UK Modern Slavery Act: First 75 company reports

Monday, March 7th, 2016

There has been a welcome flurry of early compliance reports from companies in anticipation of the first reporting deadline under the UK Modern Slavery Act. However, according to corporate accountability groups the CORE Coalition and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, the majority of these early company statements on modern slavery in supply chains appear not to meet the Act’s requirements.

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CORE and Leigh Day welcome jail sentence for first modern slavery offences, but still no prosecution in case of ‘worst UK gangmaster ever’?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

A corporate accountability group has welcomed news that for the first time, a British businessman has been prosecuted and sentenced for human trafficking offences, but questions why there has been no prosecution in a similar case involving a company described as the ‘worst UK gangmaster ever’.

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Modern slavery: government must ensure that new measures shine a light into company supply chain practices

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
  • CORE welcomes today’s announcement from Prime Minister David Cameron that companies with a turnover of more than £36 million will be required to report on slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains from October.
  • Companies should be guided to report on what they are doing to address the risks of slavery in their supply chains.

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Stocking up for Christmas: tackling slavery in our supply chains

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Written by Lord David Alton of Liverpool

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Investors support inclusion of supply chain reporting in the Modern Slavery Bill

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Investors with a total of £940 billion in assets under management are backing the Government’s recent commitment to include proportionate supply chain reporting requirements in the Modern Slavery Bill.

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Euro companies able to reap rewards from deadly conflict mineral trade

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today, weeks before new legislation will be discussed in Parliament.

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Leading UK charities call on government to tackle corporate human rights abuses abroad

Friday, September 19th, 2014

A group of leading UK charities has launched a manifesto setting out recommendations to improve sustainability and corporate accountability practices.

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UK government must legislate to tackle corporate human rights abuse abroad

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Opportunities this autumn for action to address slavery in supply chains and the trade in conflict minerals – The UK government must stop relying on voluntary measures to prevent UK businesses harming people and the environment overseas, a network of leading human rights, development and environmental NGOs said today.

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FOI request reveals UK government backed Shell and Rio Tinto in human rights court cases after companies lobbied for support

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Documents released to CORE reveal how the oil giant Shell and mining multinational Rio Tinto successfully lobbied for UK government backing against human rights court cases in the U.S., at the same time as the UK was preparing its Business and Human Rights Action Plan.

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UK government succeeds in weakening EU corporate transparency reform

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The UK and other governments have succeeded in watering down new European rules designed to boost corporate transparency. However, MEPs brought forward and defended some important improvements to the initial proposal, such as a requirement for companies to report on the most significant risks to people and planet posed by their suppliers. The reform will cover all listed companies and large public interest entities in the EU.

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Corporate abuse victims sign away rights under UK company complaint process

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Tanzanian villagers using an internal company grievance process to raise complaints about UK mining firm African Barrick Gold (ABG) have been required to sign a confidential legal waiver, committing them to secrecy and barring them from taking part in any further actions against the company.

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Justice denied for victims of corporate human rights abuse

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Victims of human rights abuses caused by multinational companies are unable to access justice, despite government commitments to action made over two years ago, according to a major new report  released ahead of the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva.

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Action plan on human rights must go beyond business as usual

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

A coalition of human rights and development NGOs, alongside unions, has given a cautious welcome to today’s launch of an official UK government Action Plan on Business and Human Rights by Vince Cable and William Hague.

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Government must extend extraterritoriality to curb corporate abuse

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Parliamentarians and NGOs have welcomed a report by a committee of MPs urging the government to do more to address human rights abuses resulting from the overseas activities of UK businesses.

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UK government intervenes to aid Shell in US court case over human rights abuses in Niger Delta

Monday, May 21st, 2012

The UK Government is facing a series of difficult questions after it surfaced that it has chosen to intervene on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell in a major US court case brought against the oil giant by Nigerian villagers.

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