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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...

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....

Open Letter to the UK Prime Minister on World Amazon Day 2021

A coalition of NGOs, Indigenous Peoples’ groups, scientists and academics is urging the Prime Minister to act on tropical deforestation and human rights abuses. In Brazil, the Congress is currently considering new legislation that would legalise illegal land grabbing in the Amazon. Such destruction of the Amazon has dire implications for the Amazon’s Indigenous peoples...

Joint Statement: United Nations Guiding Principles ten-year anniversary

A decade ago this month, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously welcomed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The UNGPs set out an authoritative framework for state duties and business responsibilities towards fulfilling human rights. They highlight the essential role that access to remedy can play in providing justice to...

Frequently asked questions: A Business, Human Rights and Environment Act

This short FAQ explains what we're calling for and how it could make a difference to human rights and environmental justice.

A joint letter calling for urgent action for Leicester garment workers

NGOs and trade unions call for urgent action for Leicester garment workers and recommend a Leicester Garment Cross Government Task Force.

Joint civil society response to UK Government’s Modern Slavery Statement

This response highlights the commendable elements of the statement and lays out our recommendations for the Government to build on its approach.