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The Barclays whistleblower investigation shows more needs to be done to reform banking culture

The Barclays whistleblower scandal will be a real test for the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, whose rules on whistleblowing clearly state that a whistleblower’s confidentiality must be protected and that firms need to create a culture that encourages employees to raise concerns about poor behaviour. It is hard to see how…

First Corporate Human Rights Benchmark reveals significant weaknesses in practice

Almost six years on from the announcement of the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the publication of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark indicates that companies have a long way to go in the implementation of effective human rights programmes. Of the 98 companies included in the benchmark, the first-ever public ranking of corporate…

France adopts a corporate duty of vigilance law

France has become the latest country to enact legislation to place a legal obligation on corporates to ensure respect for human rights throughout their activities and business relationships. Developed as a result of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh which led to the death of over 1,000 workers, the new law requires French companies above…

CHILD PROTECTION: HOW CAN BUSINESSES ENSURE ROBUST AND ADEQUATE PROCEDURES?

David Beckham’s condemnation of child abuse in football on Desert Island Discs is a reminder that while there is a framework for protecting children in the UK that is firmly rooted in legislation, policy and principles, child protection is everyone’s responsibility. Safeguarding children and vulnerable people is not just about preventing sexual or physical abuse:…

France imposes binding obligation on corporates to prevent corruption

After much deliberation between the upper and lower chambers, the French Parliament has adopted tough new anti-corruption legislation.  Known as Sapin II, the new law presents a tougher framework for the prevention and prosecution of corruption in France and is likely to have far-reaching consequences for French and foreign groups. It comes in response to criticism from…