Final Submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Business and Human Rights
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[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 abuses committed by UK corporations….UK corporations must be required to ensure that human rights of individuals and local communities are respected wherever they operate or have influence over a business within their supply chain…[T]he Corporate Responsibility (CORE) coalition has proposed the creation a new body [a Commission for Business, Human Rights and the Environment] to address the human rights responsibilities of companies when operating abroad. …War on Want supports such a body…[refers to Anglo American, Coca–Cola, Asda (part of Wal-Mart), Wal-Mart, Caterpillar, Tesco]
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Author: Anglo American
On August 3 2007, War on Want produced a pamphlet, “Anglo American – The Alternative Report” which attacked the Company and a number of associate companies over which Anglo American does not have management control (AngloGold Ashanti, De Beers and Cerrejon Coal). The Report accused Anglo American of espousing corporate responsibility at an international level whilst being associated with human rights abuses on the ground…This document responds to those allegations. The War on Want paper is inaccurate or disingenuous in its presentation of numerous material facts. At no point in the preparation of the Report did the authors approach the Company to check facts or to seek alternative perspectives.
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