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Liability / Corporate Responsibility

In 2002, average annual pay of Britain's top bosses was £1.5 million. The average fine for workplace safety offences was £12,194. Do the maths. Small fines alone are not an adequate deterrent for Britain's workplace safety criminals.

The vast majority all the workplace deaths and serious injuries are preventable and due to management failures. When employers fail to identify hazards, assess risks and develop safe systems of work putting people at risk of death, debilitating illness or serious injury, they should be held to account.

Real corporate accountability requires employers be committed to protecting the health of their workforce, not just the wealth of their directors and shareholders.

In order to achieve this, trade unions and the TUC have called upon the government to get businesses and undertakings held accountable for the corporate killing, maiming and making people ill, devastating families and costing the whole country billions upon billions yearly.

If you hurt people in the workplace it should be treated with the same seriousness as incidents outside the workplace. TUC wants a corporate killing law to ensure the most deadly employers are brought to account.

Links.

The Centre for Corporate Accountability:

Hazards deadly business webpages:

TGWU/CCA draft corporate manslaughter Bill

Corporate accountability and real corporate responsibility: A TUC briefing by Hilda Palmer

The most recent documents available on this subject are:

Corporate killing law finally passed
The long awaited corporate killing law is to take effect next year. An impasse which saw the law threatened by a standoff between the Lords and MPs was overcome after MPs conceded the law should also cover prisoners killed in custody.
PDF version available for download
27 July 2007

Let-off for directors takes shine off new law
Unions and campaign groups have given a lukewarm welcome to the new corporate killing law, saying the omission of explicit legal duties on and penalties for company directors is a major flaw.
PDF version available for download
27 July 2007

Directors consult on directors' duties
Top bosses organisation the Institute of Directors (IoD) has launched a consultation on new guidance spelling out the safety role of company directors.
PDF version available for download
18 May 2007

Browne resignation shows need for stronger action on directors
The Chief Executive of BP, Lord Browne, was forced to resign and reportedly faces legal action after telling what a court called 'a white lie' over where he met a former partner.
PDF version available for download
4 May 2007

HSE report shows serious under-prosecuting
The Centre for Corporate Accountability has obtained papers which show that the HSE may be taking prosecutions far less often than they should under their own rules.
PDF version available for download
3 May 2007

Corporate killing action call
Trades unionists have accused Soctland's political parties of a lack of action on corporate killing.
PDF version available for download
20 April 2007

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