Protecting Rights. Ending Corporate Abuse


“Rule for corporations, rights for people!” – activists take call for action to UN in Geneva

By  Louise Eldridge At the end of October, I represented CAFOD at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland, where countries around the world were meeting to try to agree on a new UN Treaty to create binding rules to stop companies around the world from exploiting people and damaging the environment. CAFOD has for...

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...

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...

Okpabi v Shell and Lungowe v Vedanta Dispel Three Myths

The jurisprudence on the tort law duty of care has established three myths that Okpabi v Shell and Lungowe v Vedanta dispelled.

Shell in court, again: a short comparison of the Okpabi and Milieudefensie judgments

With the recent decisions of the UK Supreme Court and the Hague Court of Appeal in Okpabi v. Shell and Milieudefensie v. Shell respectively, common law duties of care on parent companies have gone from a distant hypothetical to a very real possibility

UK General Election 2019: Corporate Accountability Commitments

Political parties contesting the UK General Election recently released manifestos or priorities detailing their policy commitments. We examined what each said on holding businesses accountable for their impacts on human rights and the environment.

Workers pay the price for rising shareholder profits

For the last few days, the members of the most exclusive club in the world, the G7, have been meeting by the seaside. Supposedly, top of the agenda was fighting inequality - but research concludes that the policies G7 members are pursuing are making it a whole lot worse, writes Alex Maitland of Oxfam.