Protecting Rights. Ending Corporate Abuse

Update

NGOs welcome adoption of new Council of Europe Recommendation on Human Rights and Business

On 3 March, after a two year negotiation process, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a set of Recommendations to its member States on Business and Human Rights. The European Coalition for Corporate Justice, Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) participated in...

NGOs publish new guidance for companies on reporting under the Modern Slavery Act

In autumn, following our successful campaign for the introduction of the Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) clause into the Modern Slavery Act 2015, we participated in discussions designed to inform the content of the accompanying Home Office statutory guidance for commercial organisations required to report under the new law. While the Home Office guidance gives...

Key materials on the working group meeting for a new international treaty on business and human rights

Following a vote in favour of a resolution tabled by Ecuador and South Africa in the UN Human Rights Council last June, work has now started towards developing a new international treaty on business and human rights. Below are links to key documents and online updates from Geneva. All official documentation is available at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/WGTransCorp/Pages/Session1.aspx...

Updating the UK Business and Human Rights Action Plan: CORE’s Recommendations

On 4th September 2013 the UK became the first country to release a Business and Human Rights Action Plan, building on its commitment to implement the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs). CORE gave the Plan a cautious welcome and urged the government to ensure that it leads to concrete steps to address corporate human rights abuse. The...

Members of the European Parliament make history by voting in favour law on conflict minerals

Following a campaign spearheaded by Global Witness and Amnesty International, members of the European Parliament have made history by voting in favour of a strong and binding law to tackle the deadly trade in conflict minerals. Despite concerted efforts by big business to weaken the legislation, MEPs have approved a groundbreaking proposal to require that...

UK government commissions survey of access to remedy

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law has been asked by the UK Foreign Office, the Department for Business and the Ministry of Justice to undertake a quick survey of the UK’s current provision of access to remedy for victims of human rights abuses involving business enterprises. BIICL would be very grateful for any...

Core achievements: a review of 2014

The last five years have seen a crisis of trust in business following scandals around tax avoidance and excessive executive pay, and revelations of shocking practices in UK company supply chains. CORE and our partner organisations work together to campaign for laws and policies to make UK companies more accountable and to prevent them from...

Loosening the chains: Modern Slavery Bill passes through the Commons

Tweet Earlier this week the Modern Slavery Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons. The government’s amendment on supply chains was accepted without a vote and is now on the face of the Bill. Several people spoke in the debate, some of whom reflected points from the coalition’s briefing. There was a consensus across...

Access to Justice remains elusive in the EU

by Frank Bold The European Day of Justice was celebrated on 25 October. The day is dedicated to bringing justice closer to all European citizens, by informing citizens about the access to justice they are entitled to in other European countries, which should be similar to the access they have in their own country. In...