UK corporate liability regime ‘not fit for purpose in the 21st century', say campaigners

The government needs to get tough on irresponsible behaviour in big business, a group of NGOs said ahead of a debate on legislation which creates a new offence of 'failure to prevent fraud' and new powers allowing for the seizure of UK assets from human rights abusers.

Organisations including Amnesty International, Corruption Watch, CORE Coalition, and Traidcraft have called for criminal law reform to help UK prosecutors go after large businesses accused of involvement in global corruption and human rights abuses.

Under current laws, proposed prosecutions must pass the so-called 'directing mind' tes...

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