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What the UK’s new data protection law will mean for businesses

The Government’s plans to revise the UK’s data protection laws, announced this week, will effectively ensure that the UK remains compliant with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is applicable from May 2018. This announcement is helpful for businesses and should clarify some of the confusion around the need or otherwise to prepare…

Increasing prevalence of modern slavery reinforces the need to know the risks and spot the signs

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has announced that modern slavery in the UK is ‘far more prevalent than previously thought’. However, these estimates reflect only the number of live police investigations. The challenge for businesses will be to ensure their UK operations are not implicated in the ‘tens of thousands’ of cases which the NCA believes remain…

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…