Protecting Rights. Ending Corporate Abuse

Update

Holding Multinational Corporations to Account: Barriers and Opportunities in the Current State of Play

On the 28th of November, Leigh Day, a law firm specialising in international litigation of this kind, hosted a panel discussion on barriers to holding companies accountable in the UK courts and developments that might provide opportunity for change.

Letter to Tanzanian President on Gold Mine Human Rights Abuses

CORE, along with six leading human rights organisations, has signed a letter to the President of Tanzania, calling for an urgent investigation into human rights abuses at Acacia’s North Mara Gold mine. The letter highlights the numerous detailed reports and complaints about violent attacks by police and security at the mine. One Tanzanian parliamentary inquiry...

Lords to consider how to punish and deter corporate crime

Later this week the House of Lords will debate the Criminal Finances Bill.

This is a government bill to amend the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

The bill will create a new corporate offence of ‘failure to prevent tax evasion’, meaning companies could be prosecuted for not having procedures in place to stop tax dodging.

CORE welcomes government corporate governance consultation

CORE welcomes the government’s announcement that it is considering requiring private companies to report on diversity, greenhouse gas emissions, and social and community issues. CORE and our partner organisations have been pressing for the government to make private companies publish this information since 2014, when new European reporting rules were under discussion. Any irresponsible company...

CORE gives evidence to Joint Committee on Human Rights session on human rights and business

In June the Joint Committee on Human Rights announced a new inquiry into human rights and business. The inquiry is looking at the government’s progress on implementing the UNGPs through its National Action Plan (NAP), published in 2013 and updated in May 2016. This follows an earlier JCHR inquiry into business and human rights conducted in...

Open-access registry for the Modern Slavery Act critical & urgent, say key stakeholders

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires commercial organisations operating in the UK with an annual turnover above £36m to produce a statement setting out the steps they are taking to address and prevent the risk of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. A number of key stakeholders that were influential in securing the...

UK publishes updated Business and Human Rights Action Plan

The UK’s updated BHR action plan was published on 12 May, following a written ministerial statement in Parliament. Visible, high-level political endorsement sends a powerful signal to business so it’s a pity that there’s no Ministerial Foreword included in the update, but despite this the plan clearly reasserts the UNGPs and the government’s expectation that...

CORE Response to The Non-Financial Reporting Directive consultation

A response to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills consultation on the Non-Financial Reporting Directive: A call for views on effective reporting alongside proposals to implement EU requirements. Download the report >>