IoD calls for corporate manslaughter laws

Ross Bentley
The Institute of Directors has called on the government to introduce legislation that would see corporate entities, rather than individuals, standing trial for corporate manslaughter.

The IoD said that businesses should "rightly be held accountable for its actions", and the government should use the Queen's Speech to amend criminal law to provide punishment where a company has acted recklessly.

IoD director general George Cox said, "The IoD has been calling for corporate manslaughter legislation for a number of years, not because we want to see a proliferation of legislation, but because the state of the law on this issue is unsatisfactory."

"The law requires the identification of a 'controlling mind'," he said. "In large companies in particular, trying to pin down a nominated individual is too difficult."

The list of legislation called for by the IoD includes a skills bill, which would give free education for any adult seeking their first Level 2 qualification.

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