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9 Sep 2014

Marilyn Croser, CORE in Guardian (UK)

CORE urges UK Govt. to hold companies accountable for abuses abroad including forced labour, land grabs, conflict minerals

Since 2008, there has been an unprecedented rise in human rights violations globally, up 70% according...to the 2014 Human Rights Risk Atlas published by risks analytics firm Maplecroft...This autumn offers opportunities for the introduction of two targeted regulatory measures to address the impacts of business activities on human rights. Firstly, an amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill requiring large UK companies to report on the steps they are taking to identify and eradicate slavery in their supply chains. Secondly, an EU regulation that will require relevant EU companies to carry out due diligence to ensure that they source minerals responsibly.UK human rights groups, investors, parliamentarians from all parties and business leaders back the proposed amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill...Responsible businesses welcome legislation as a way of levelling the playing field and setting out clear expectations.