UK Parliamentary report calls for tougher action to end abuses by British companies abroad

(Independent Catholic News, London, 17 December 2009) A report, published yesterday by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights: “Any of our business? Human rights and the UK private sector” (PDF see p.70), calling for a binding international agreement on business and human rights as well as action by the UK Government now. For instance, the Government should stop firms with poor records from getting export credit support and should consider amending the 2006 Companies Act so that businesses have to conduct an annual human rights impact assessment.