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It is something of an extrapolation of the principles behind Corporate Manslaughter.  

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 is a landmark in law. For the first time, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.

The Act, which came into force on 6 April 2008, clarifies the criminal liabilities of companies including large organisations where serious failures in the management of health and safety result in a fatality.

In this case the organisation can be found guilty in the event of the death of an employee but why not apply the principle with larger sanctions to cases of manslaughter and environmental damage resulting from practices of organisations who do not attempt to prevent harm resulting from their operations.  

Though of course legislation placing a 'duty of care' principle on corporations is necessary. Are there any campaigns out there on similar grounds?  Greenpeace etc?

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri May 21st, 2010 at 06:55:35 AM EST

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