The UK has today succeeded in watering down new European rules designed to boost corporate transparency, by blocking plans that would have required large private companies to report on their environmental and social impacts, alongside firms listed on stock exchanges.
Apple’s supplier responsibility report published earlier this week reveals for the first time that it sources tin from almost every smelter in the Indonesian province associated with dangerous illegal mining and environmental destruction.
MEPs have today voted to toughen up proposed new company transparency rules to make large companies report annually on risks their operations pose to communities and the natural world, such as accidents, pollution and human rights.
Greater Manchester campaigners thanked Arlene McCarthy MEP for backing tough action to make companies come clean about their effect on people and the environment in a meeting in Manchester today.
Embargo: 8.30am, Wednesday 23 March. Photo Opportunity:A larger than life David Cameron sawing in half a dustbin bearing the slogan “It’s time Mr Cameron talked half as much rubbish.”