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The urgent need for a new UK law on business and human rights- a ‘Business, Human Rights and Environment Act’

The European Commission is tabling a Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive which obliges EU Member States to introduce ‘mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence’ laws. The Commission’s move builds on advances already made in Europe through an emerging new generation of corporate accountability laws. In many instances, these laws will apply to UK companies...

New UK law won’t halt forest destruction or protect human rights

Written by Clare Oxborrow at Friends of the Earth Commodity supply chains are trashing forests and trampling human rights. Clare Oxborrow explains why the government’s new Environment Act will fail to protect communities and why it must take effective action to regulate UK companies. Read full blog below.

JCB Off Track

A new report from Amnesty International UK detailing JCB’s failure to conduct proper human rights due diligence on the end use of its products, representing a failure to respect human rights. For many years JCB’s heavy machinery has been used in situations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) where war crimes and human rights violations have been...

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

36 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...

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...

A ‘Business, Human Rights and Environment Act’ – Principal Elements

A coalition of civil society organisations is calling for the introduction a new ‘Business, Human Rights and Environment Act’: a UK ‘mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence’ law, based on the duties to prevent tax evasion and bribery found in the Criminal Finances Act 2017 and the Bribery Act 2010 – as called for...

Open Letter to World Leaders

Over 180 indigenous peoples’ organisations, civil society groups, including human rights, environmental and conservation organisations and human rights, land and environmental defenders, as well as academics and experts from 58 countries worldwide have issued an Open Letter to World Leaders, calling on them to ensure human rights are at the centre of all environmental policy....

Parliamentary Briefing: UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations, October 2021

Joint-NGO briefing from the UK Working Group on the UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations. Between 25-29th October 2021, governments will meet in Geneva to discuss the latest draft of the UN Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights. This is a proposed treaty that seeks to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities...

Brazil-UK briefing for House of Lords debate on forest risk commodities

A new briefing from Client Earth, “Endorsing the end of the Amazon: Critical weaknesses in the UK Government’s proposed forest risk commodities framework and how to fix them”, has been released in advance of the House of Lords debate on Forest-risk commodities this Wednesday, 15th September 2021. Prepared with the input of Brazilian organisations and...