UK Joint Committee on Human Rights - Inquiry on business & human rights

In 2009, the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights conducted an inquiry on business and human rights.  Below are materials related to the inquiry.  For the Committee’s final report, and commentaries on it, click here.



All submissions received by the Joint Committee

Written evidence received by the Committee as of 21 May 2009 [PDF]

Call for Evidence

Call for Evidence, 6 March 2009 [PDF]

Audios, videos of hearings

- Amnesty International, Action Aid, CORE Coalition, and Sepna Malik, Leigh & Day Solicitors; Trades Union Congress and Institute of Employment Rights, 9 June

- Associated British Foods, BP, Confed. of British Industry, Rio Tinto, Tesco, 30 June


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- ActionAid [DOC], 30 Apr


- Amnesty UK, 1 May


- Anti-Slavery [DOC], 1 May


- Business & Human Rights Resource Centre [PDF], 25 Feb


- Business for Social Responsibility [PDF], 1 May

- Business in the Community [PDF], 1 May


- Chandler, Sir Geoffrey [DOC], 21 Apr

- Cockayne, James [DOC], 4 May


- Colombia Solidarity Campaign, regarding Mandé Norte/Murindó mining project, 23 Apr
      - Responses by Muriel Mining, Rio Tinto


- Confederation of British Industry [DOC], May


- Corner House [PDF], May


- Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition [PDF], 1 May


- Danish Institute of Human Rights, Human Rights & Business Project [DOC], Jun 2009


- Drakos, Maassarani, Radon [PDF], 1 May


- Drive Up Standards [DOC], 1 May

      - We invited National Express to respond but it did not do so

- EarthRights International [PDF], 1 May


- Global Witness [PDF], 5 May

Hermer, Richard QC, Doughty Street Chambers [DOC], 30 Apr


- Institute for Human Rights & Business [DOC], 30 Apr


- International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) [PDF], 1 May

- Kinley, Professor David, University of Sydney [DOC], 30 Apr

- Leigh Day & Co [PDF], 30 Apr

- Meyersfeld, Bonita [DOC], 1 May

- Oxfam GB [DOC], 1 May

- Rights & Accountability in Development (RAID) [DOC], 6 May

- Survival International, 30 Apr

- Synergy Global Consulting [PDF], 1 May

- van Dam, Professor Cees [PDF], May

- Vigeo [PDF], 28 Apr

- War on Want, 7 May

- Working Group on Mining in the Philippines, 30 Apr

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Company non-response
17 June 2009

National Express did not respond to: Submission by Drive Up Standards to UK Parliament Joint Committee inquiry on business & human rights alleges labour & human rights abuses by National Express.

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7 May 2009

[DOC] Final Submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Business and Human Rights

Author: War on Want

…We do not accept the government’s approach to business and human rights, which is based on the use of voluntary initiatives and the promotion of corporate social responsibility (CSR)…War on Want has itself gathered evidence…highlighting human rights...

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1 May 2009

[DOC] Amnesty International UK: Memorandum of Evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Author: Amnesty International UK

Amnesty International recommends that far-reaching reforms are implemented to the legal and institutional framework in the UK...First, Amnesty International refers to the submission by the Corporate Responsibility (CORE) coalition, and supports the...

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30 April 2009

[DOC] Submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights - The impact of UK-based mining companies on the Philippines, particularly focusing on the right to food

Author: Working Group on Mining in the Philippines (WGMP)

This submission focuses on the way existing and proposed mining by global companies in the Philippines poses a threat to human rights, particularly the human right to food of local communities. Its findings build on the WGMP’s recent publication...

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30 April 2009

[PDF] Business and Human Rights Evidence to the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights

Author: Survival International

There is no doubt that British companies frequently exert an enormous impact on indigenous peoples in developing countries, and that their activities escape effective regulation in both the host country and the United Kingdom…Over the last few years...

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23 April 2009

[DOC] Submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights: Rio Tinto and the impact of the Mandé Norte/Murindó mining exploration project on indigenous Embera and Afrocolombian communities in the provinces of Choco and Antioquia, Colombia

Author: Colombia Solidarity Campaign

Rio Tinto is currently associated with a highly controversial mining exploration project in Colombia: La Muriel Mining Corporation’s Mandé Norte/Murindó project …On the strength of the testimony of the Comision Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz, the...

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