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The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is at a critical point in its development. Our digital platform is home to a wealth of information on business and human rights, but hasn’t had a visual refresh for a number of years.

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15 April 2011

Why the UK needs a Commission for Business, Human Rights and the Environment

Author: Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition

Although the UK government has taken steps to ensure UK companies cannot legally commit human rights abuses at home, it has failed to take adequate measures to hold accountable UK companies that commit human rights abuses abroad...The Corporate...

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24 February 2011

Fifth of FTSE 100 firms have no women on board

Author: Simon Goodley, Guardian (UK)

A government inquiry headed by former trade minister Lord Davies is calling on the country's 350 largest public companies to ensure that 25% of their directors are female by 2015. However, the latest figures show that 18 FTSE 100 firms have no women on...

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18 February 2011

UK: Govt. committee recommends headhunters adopt code of conduct to raise number of women on boards, ask chairmen not to use agencies who do not publish figures on gender distribution

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1 January 2011

[PDF] Multi-Stakeholder Roundtable - Bangladeshi Migrant Workers in the Apparal Sector: Responsible Recruitment, Responsible Return

Author: Institute for Human Rights and Business

On 28‐29 June 2011, the Institute for Human Rights and Business…and the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, Dhaka University…convened a roundtable…to explore the responsibilities of companies and governments in raising standards of migrant...

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8 November 2010

Retail giants shamed by UK sweatshops

Author: Martin Hickman, Independent [UK]

...[A] reporter for Channel 4’s Dispatches worked undercover in workshops in Leicester...[He] found: "dangerous, pressurised sweatshop conditions”; pay at half the legal minimum wage; workers exhorted to work faster under threat of the sack; cramped...

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5 July 2010

Asda falls behind rivals on garment workers' pay

Author: ActionAid

Asda [part of Wal-Mart] has a lamentable record of paying poverty-level wages to workers in poor countries who make its clothes and is trailing behind its competitors such as M&S and Primark [part of Associated British Foods], a new report by...

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24 June 2010

Companies commit to human rights in increasing numbers

Author: Business and Human Rights Resource Centre & Realizing Rights

As representatives of over 1000 companies gather this week in New York at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit, Realizing Rights and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre have published a list of over 270 companies worldwide known...

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28 May 2010

Corporate Governance Code: a woman’s place is in the boardroom [UK]

Author: Patrick Hosking, Times [UK]

Companies with all-male boards will come under fresh pressure to hire women directors under boardroom guidelines to be published today...The new UK Corporate Governance Code will also force directors to submit to annual shareholder elections and for...

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28 February 2010

21 workers die in fire at H&M factory [Bangladesh]

Author: Martin Hickman, Independent [UK]

At least 21 workers died and 50 were hurt when a fire swept through a Bangladeshi factory making clothes for budget retailer H&M and other firms as they worked at night to fulfil orders…The blaze at the Garib & Garib Newaj company…follows...

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16 December 2009

[PDF] Any of our business? Human rights and the UK private sector

Author: UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights

Businesses must have regard to human rights in several different contexts. In the UK, businesses which perform a public function have duties under the Human Rights Act…This report considers this complex range of issues, starting from the position that...

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