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Blog post
18 October 2019

Construction sector shows ‘lack of action’ on tackling forced labour of workers globally, says NGO

Author: 17/10/19 - Adam Barnett, Communications Officer, BHRRC

Press release: New guidance lays bare the scale of construction sector forced labour - Construction sector policies are not keeping up with sector growth and risks - Investors have a role to play in preventing abuse through due diligence

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4 October 2019

UAE: Construction companies likely operating at extreme risk to workers’ health; includes comments from McLaren & Laing O'Rourke

Author: Annie Kelly and Niamh MacIntyre (Guardian, UK)

"Workers at Dubai's Expo 2020 likely to have suffered dangerous heat stress," 3 Oct 2019...

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Survey response
26 June 2019

Laing O'Rourke's response: Migrant Workers in UAE (2018 survey)

Laing O'Rourke's response to our 2018 survey of construction companies is featured in our briefing On Shaky Ground: Migrant Workers Rights in Qatar & UAE Construction....

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6 May 2019

Construction firms in lawsuit over £55m payout to blacklisted trade unionists

Author: Rob Evans, the Guardian (UK)

Major construction firms are embroiled in a legal dispute over a multimillion-pound compensation bill that has been paid to more than 1,100 blacklisted trade unionists....

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Blog post
21 December 2016

It's in our hands to fight the rise of blame and bigotry

Author: Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

How the business and human rights movement can help make globalisation work for everyone

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5 December 2016

Report lambasts construction's failure to tackle worker abuse in the Gulf

Author: The Construction Index (UK)

Construction companies have been too slow to react to the plight of vulnerable and desperate migrant workers in Qatar and the UAE, says a new report. Companies...are failing to protect workers from abusive working arrangements and there is lack of...

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20 April 2016

Weekly Update - 20 April: Top 10 food & bev. companies make commitments to improve social & enviro. standards

Our run down of this week's top stories and breaking news about business & human rights. Includes company responses (including from Al Futtaim Carillion, Atkins, Atradius, Boskalis, Laing O'Rourke, Lexmark, MTN, OceanaGold, S Alam Group, and Van...

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13 April 2016

Weekly Update - 13 April: NGOs & trade unions call on Lexmark to respect human rights in Ciudad Juarez "maquila"

Our run down of this week's top stories and breaking news about business & human rights. Includes company responses (including from Al Futtaim Carillion, Allianz, Alstom, Anglo American, Atkins, Cerrejón Coal, Coca Cola, Deutsche Bank, ExxonMobil,...

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Company response
27 March 2016

Laing O'Rourke response re working conditions in the UAE

Author: Laing O’Rourke

[We invited Laing O'Rourke and other construction firms to respond to questions about the company's policies and practices on working conditions in the UAE.]

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26 October 2013

UK firms urged to help 'slave' Qatar World Cup workers

Author: The Independent (UK)

A host of British building firms faced pressure from trade unions not to exploit cheap migrant labour on construction contracts ahead of the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The GMB has called for an urgent meeting with 13 British companies including the...

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