Parliamentary Briefing: A UK ‘Business, Human Rights and Environment Act’

This parliamentary briefing argues that we urgently need a new UK law to hold companies to account when they fail to prevent human rights abuses and environmental harms in their global value chains.

A new law is called for by UK civil society organisations, businesses, investors, and more than 100,000 people in the UK who have signed a petition. YouGov polling shows four in five people in Britain want new laws to make sure businesses stamp out environmental damage and exploitative practices in their supply chains.

It would align with advances being made in many other countries, would help the UK to deliver its “Global Britain” vision to “act as a force for good in standing up for human rights around the world” and demonstrate its renewed leadership on business and human rights.

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