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UK businesses, investors call for new human rights and environmental due diligence law

46 leading businesses and investors have called on the UK Government to introduce a new legal requirement for companies and investors to carry out human rights and environmental due diligence. A group including Microsoft, Tesco, Primark and Nestlé said: “Legislation can contribute to a competitive level playing field, increase legal certainty about the standards expected...

Press Release: YouGov poll shows 4 in 5 of the British public want law to prevent business human rights and environmental harm – businesses and investors agree

(Polling results attached in full below) • According to a new YouGov poll, 87% of the British public support new laws to prevent businesses from exploiting people in their supply chains; 83% of the British public support new laws that would force companies to ensure their supply chains do no avoidable damage to the environment....

Investor letter for UK Human Rights Due Diligence

39 investors sign a letter calling on the UK government to bring forward a ‘Business, Human Rights and Environment Act’ to mandate all companies to conduct human rights and environmental due diligence. The investors include Jupiter, Ethos, BMO and Legal & General Asset Management. In total, the investors represent £4.5 trillion in assets under management...

UK Law Commission: Options Paper includes criminal offence of failure to prevent human rights abuses

Written by Rachel Chambers   The failure to hold to account criminally UK companies (and companies which operate in the UK and/or have UK listings) which are complicit in human rights abuses abroad stands in stark contrast to more promising developments in countries such as France, with the Lafarge case, and Sweden with the Lundin case. Cases such as...

UK efforts to reduce global deforestation undermined by ignoring indigenous peoples’ rights

by Gabriela Quijano at Forest Peoples Programme    On 10 November 2021, the UK government passed into law the UK Environment Act. While this law is primarily concerned with environmental protection within the UK, Schedule 17 attempts to tackle illegal deforestation overseas. Under this Schedule, certain businesses will be required to prove that their products are...

Replacing the corporate ‘architecture of impunity’ with an ‘architecture of accountability’ – what’s the UN Binding Treaty got to do with it?

Tuesday 15th March 2022. On the International Day of Action to advance the UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations – the Corporate Justice Coalition is standing with civil society groups worldwide to mark the occasion and join calls for an end to corporate impunity. The idea that we need to hold increasingly powerful corporations and...

Legal opinion says Boohoo could have been liable for human rights breaches under a new UK law

A new legal review by Tim Otty QC and Naina Patel of Blackstone Chambers looks into Boohoo’s Leicester supply chain and finds the fast fashion brand could have been held liable under a UK mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence law called for by rights groups. In the review, it is argued that, “Boohoo...

Protecting collective land rights through corporate due diligence: key principles

Lan Mei, Lawyer at the Forest Peoples Programme, explains a new guide to assist policymakers and businesses in understanding key elements of effective due diligence on collective land rights, Stepping up: protecting collective land rights through corporate due diligence. The growing momentum towards mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence (HREDD) is welcome news for...

Nigerian communities’ oil pollution claims against Shell to go to trial

Some 50,000 claimants from the Ogale and Bille communities of the Niger Delta will have their day in the UK courts against Shell, after the Oil Major opted to proceed to trial in a case focused on catastrophic environmental destruction in southern Nigeria. The trial will doubtless grab media attention after the recent landmark win against...