Government Response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2009–10
In December, the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights published the report on its inquiry into UK business and human rights. See http://londonminingnetwork.org/2010/01/uk-parliamentary-human-rights-committee-issues-report-on-uk-businesses/.
The UK Government has now responded in the following terms (summary courtesy of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre). “Good progress is currently being made on the subject of the UK private sector and human rights… To date the UK has led this debate, and was instrumental both in the establishment of the UN Special Representative’s mandate and in the establishment of a number of international initiatives designed to promote higher standards of business accountability and responsibility with regard to human rights… The Government does not support a human rights convention regulating business directly… the Government does not believe that the creation of a new UK Commission for Business, Human Rights and the Environment is necessary at this time… The Government does not accept the Committee’s conclusion that there is no coherent strategy on business and human rights.”
See http://www.business-humanrights.org/Links/Repository/502058.