Jim Sheridan – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for International Development

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Jim Sheridan on 2014-06-09.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will request UK-based companies to make publicly available impact studies on how their sourcing practices affect small-scale farmers in developing countries.

Lynne Featherstone

The UK Companies Act 2006 includes reporting requirements for UK-domiciled businesses to report on the social and environmental impacts of their investments. DFID does not lead on UK company reporting, but we are working closely with other Government Departments, including the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to support improved transparency and accountability of UK businesses, in particular where they impact on development.