'in meeting their duty to protect, States should … Enforce laws that are aimed at, or have the effect of, requiring business enterprises to respect human rights, and periodically to assess the adequacy of such laws and address any gaps…' Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights 2011
'human rights due diligence is related to corporate good governance. For many businesses due diligence, in relation to modern slavery, is likely to form part of a wider framework around ethical trade, corporate social responsibility and human rights' Government guidance for the Modern Slavery Act 2015
'fight impunity for corporate crimes by investigating and prosecuting offences' The Corporate Crimes Principles 2016
Business & Human Rights
Advising both individuals and corporates on all issues pertaining to corporate conduct and human rights, QEB Hollis Whiteman has developed an expertise in this niche and developing area as it goes under increased levels of national and international scrutiny.
There has been a sea change in recent years in what businesses are expected to do to identify and address human rights abuses. From significant international provisions such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to recent domestic legislation such as the Modern Slavery Act 2015, there is a growing requirement and expectation that businesses will take appropriate action. QEB Hollis Whiteman’s experts can help.
As governments introduce human rights procurement conditions, governance codes, reporting duties and national action plans, businesses are under increasing pressure to certify their human rights standards and disclose how they are addressing human rights risks.
Our Business and Human Rights Group are well placed to advise both individuals and corporates on all issues relating to this growing area of national and international scrutiny. Our recognised expertise in criminal and regulatory law enables us to provide a team of experts for each case to meet the needs of all clients, either a private individual or a business.
We advise on risk assessment and due diligence to identify potential criminal and regulatory liability and recommend remedial action where necessary.
Nadesh Karu and Anti-Slavery International’s Klara Skrivankova jointly write for the Law Society Gazette on the sad reality of prosecuting victims of human trafficking.
QEB Hollis Whiteman members Nicholas Griffin QC and Tom Orpin-Massey have both responded to the Court of Justice of the
Tom Orpin-Massey considers the CJEU case of Watson is not a total victory for the privacy lobby.
Nicholas Griffin QC and Celia Pilkington consider the history of the anti-slavery movement in the Inner Temple Yearbook 2015-2016 on the topic of slavery.