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BHRRC Briefing on Modern Slavery Reporting: Case Studies of Leading Practice

Thursday, April 05, 2018

The purpose of this briefing is to provide examples of good practice found in the thousands of compliance statements now available on the Modern Slavery Registry. The briefing also highlights serious gaps where few or no companies are performing well. The idea is that the best practice and gap analysis will encourage informed engagement with companies by investors, civil society, and governments, and facilitate informed reflection within companies regarding their next steps to eliminate modern slavery from their operations and supply chains.

You can read the briefing here >>

OECD Watch Guide to the 2011 OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Wednesday, March 18th, 2018

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are a unique, government-backed international corporate accountability mechanism aimed at encouraging responsible business behaviour around the world. They define standards for socially and environmentally responsible corporate behaviour and proscribe procedures for resolving disputes between corporations and the communities or individuals negatively affected by corporate activities.

The dispute resolution mechanism  which is a key feature of the OECD Guidelines  is an instrument that stakeholders can use to address harmful corporate practices that have affected them and to seek remedy. This OECD Watch Guide to the Guidelines is designed to help individuals, communities, NGOs and trade unions that have been negatively affected by corporate behaviour to address the alleged misconduct through filing an OECD Guidelines complaint.

Guide available here>>

Short Guides on Modern Slavery Reporting

Monday, June 12th, 2017

This series is composed of three short briefings for businesses reporting under the Transparency in Supply Chain clause of the Modern Slavery Act, and is supported by guidance for investors engaging with these companies.

The series has been prepared by CORE, Anti-Slavery International, Unicef UK and the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. It responds to emerging evidence that large companies, which are required to report on their actions to combat modern slavery, have a limited understanding of their duties and how to conduct human rights risk assessments.

Guides available here>>

Holding UK companies to account in the English courts for harming people in other countries/ Obligar a las compañías británicas a responder ante los tribunales ingleses por causar daño a personas en otros países

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

This guide has been prepared by CORE and London Mining Network to help communities, workers, and civil society organisations supporting them, to understand the process of using legal action in England to hold UK companies to account for harming people in other countries. It gives an overview of information on the general situations in which legal action in England against UK companies could be possible, the potential outcomes and a summary of the process. The guide was prepared with assistance from Chris Esdaile at Leigh Day.

La presente guía tiene como objetivo ayudar a las comunidades y a los trabajadores, así como a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil que los apoyan, a entender el proceso que implica emprender una acción judicial en Inglaterra para obligar a compañías británicas a responder por los daños causados a personas en otros países. Esta guía ofrece información general sobre situaciones generales en las que podría ser factible entablar una acción legal en Inglaterra en contra de compañías inglesas, así como sobre los posibles
resultados y una síntesis del proceso de litigio.

Download the guide here>>

Descargar la guía aquí >>

Beyond Compliance: Effective reporting under the Modern Slavery Act 2015

Monday, March 7th, 2016

This guidance has been prepared by civil society groups that campaigned for the transparency in supply chains reporting requirement in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out our initial thinking on how companies can use the new provision to link reporting to the wider due diligence needed to eradicate human trafficking, forced labour and slavery from their supply chains.

Download the Civil Society Guidance on the Modern Slavery Act here >>