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CORE assesses corporate accountability commitments of UK parties ahead of General Election

Author: CORE, Published on: 3 December 2019

"UK General Election 2019: Corporate Accountability Commitments", 27 Nov 2019

Political parties contesting the... UK General Election (to be held on 12 December 2019) recently released manifestos... We examined what each had to say on holding businesses accountable for their impacts on human rights and the environment...

Conservative Party...The party does not commit to introduce new corporate accountability legislation, instead committing to “legislation and regulations that maintain high standards but which work best for the UK”...

Labour Party...Labour commit to “support ongoing UN efforts to introduce a binding international treaty on business and human rights, and make companies legally accountable for failing to prevent human rights abuses or environmental damage in their operations and supply chains, including criminal liability in the most serious cases”...

Scottish National Party: ...On corporate accountability legislation, they state “whilst it is always better to work collaboratively as partners, the SNP supports direct intervention when firms fail to meet their legal and social obligations”...

Liberal Democrats: ...On corporate accountability legislation, they pledge to “introduce a general duty of care for the environment and human rights – requiring companies, financial institutions and public sector agencies to exercise due diligence in avoiding specified activities such as child labour or modern slavery, or specified products such as commodities produced with deforestation, in their operations and supply chains, and to report on their actions”...

Other parties/manifestos included in the analysis: Plaid Cymru, Green Party, Brexit Party

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