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Article

1 May 2009

Author:
The Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition

[PDF] Memorandum of Evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights: Enquiry on Business & Human Rights

The Government must address the lack of accountability of UK companies responsible for human rights abuses abroad…[T]he trend of worsening practices appears to be increasing…A new dispute resolution body with a mandate to receive, investigate and settle complaints against UK parent companies relating to subsidiary or supplier abuse in other countries is a realistic legal possibility provided it: 1. Respects international law restrictions on extraterritorial jurisdiction; 2. Complements existing civil liability processes, rather than seeking to replicate or replace them; and 3. Is underpinned by a clear set of standards which focus…on the role of the parent company as the “primary influencer”, “overseer” or “coordinator” of the corporate group.