Presentation by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre to UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights
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Author: Hannah Ellis, Coordinator, Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition
CORE believes there is a real need for the UK Government to do more in ensuring UK companies respect internationally agreed human rights standards in relation to their overseas operations...Based on the key practical and systemic issues I have outlined, I believe the JCHR could play an instrumental role in preventing human rights abuses occurring by UK companies operating abroad by investigating the three following issues:
1. Is the UK Government doing what it should to prevent harm caused by UK companies aboard?
2. What steps could the Government take to ensure human rights are more effectively enforced in relation to UK businesses abroad?
3. What should the Government do to ensure that victims of human rights abuses caused by UK companies obtain effective remedy?
Author: Christopher Avery, Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
[This brief overview of some international developments in the field of business & human rights was presented to the UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights at their mini-conference on business and human rights, the purpose of which was “to give the Committee an opportunity to gather information about business and human rights, and to shape the Call for Evidence for the Committee’s future Business and Human Rights Inquiry”. This presentation includes sections describing the work of John Ruggie; recent initiatives by the governments of Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and USA; alleged abuses and positive initatives by UK companies.]
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