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Update on Lords debate of Criminal Finances Bill

Corporate criminal liability reform and a proposed new offence of ‘failure to prevent economic crime’ were debated in the House of Lords yesterday (3 April), during the Criminal Finances Bill second Committee day.  You can read the Hansard here.

Corporate crime: where are we now?

It’s day two of Committee Stage in the House of Lords. This involves detailed line by line examination of the separate parts of the bill. As a reminder, the bill will create a new corporate offence of ‘failure to prevent tax evasion’, extending the ‘failure to prevent’ model in the UK Bribery Act 2010 to corporate tax evasion, although there is some question over what, if any, differences there are between ‘adequate procedures’ as specified by the Bribery Act and ‘reasonable procedures’ as specified in the new failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion offence.

Mapping Human Rights Risks for 2017

Global risk analyst Verisk Maplecroft has published its annual Human Rights Outlook report, outlining ten human rights risks impacting business in 2017. Verisk notes that modern slavery risks are set to increase as the United States toughens its immigration policy, pushing countless undocumented migrants further underground and exposing them to greater exploitation.

Women need action, not words

Today we show solidarity with women worldwide, championing the efforts of those who’ve fought back against the social and economic inequality that has afforded women a secondary status to men.

The SDGs – an opportunity for business to do better

Over a year in, the Sustainable Development Goals show no sign of losing momentum. Ruth Mhlanga reflects on how businesses can support the SDGs to create a world free from poverty without breaking the planet. Blog by Ruth Mlanga, Oxfam Private Sector Policy Advisor

Ministers respond to JCHR questions on business and human rights

Tuning into last Wednesday’s JCHR Business & Human Rights evidence session, I watched Fiona Bruce MP questioning BEIS Minister Margot James about the UK National Contact Point for the OECD guidelines, and its ability to resolve complaints arising from alleged human rights abuses.

2017 Partners' Meeting: Brexit & Corporate Accountability

Around 40 people from partner organisations joined CORE board members and staff at The Foundry on 23 January for our Annual Partners' Meeting.

This blog summarises Deborah Doane's and Dr. Jennifer Zerk's presentation of the findings from their short study into the implications of Brexit for corporate accountability, commissioned by CORE.