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

46 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...

Joint response to the Law Commission Consultation: Corporate Criminal Liability

Attached is the joint submission that CJC and Traidcraft Exchange filed to the Law Commission consultation on corporate criminal liability. Its co-authored by Stuart Biggs (Barrister at Three Raymond Buildings) and Rachel Chambers (Professor in Business Law at the University of Connecticut).   In the submission we make the case that the Law Commission’s review...

Law Commission: Corporate Criminal Liability

The Law Commission has published an options paper for the Government on how it can improve the law to ensure that corporations are effectively held to account for committing serious crimes. You can read the summary of the opitions paper here. 

CJC’s reponse to Defra consultation on ‘implementing due diligence on forest-risk commodities’ – Schedule 17 of the Environment Act

Despite the efforts made by civil society groups, an amendment tabled in the Commons in 2020, a series of interventions by Peers during report stage, and several amendments being put forwards in the House of Lords, Schedule 17 leaves very significant and concerning gaps in human rights protections due to: The lack of reference in...

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...

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...