Global Codes of Conduct: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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Contributors from business, academia, and other sectors of civil society investigate such questions as what the next phase is in the globalization process, whether a single global code of business conduct is necessary, what current accountability structures are effective, and what additional ones are needed. The 19 essays could be used as a textbook in a business ethics course. A battery of 27 appendices present the text of several codes of conduct being proposed. Annotation c. ...
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Contributors from business, academia, and other sectors of civil society investigate such questions as what the next phase is in the globalization process, whether a single global code of business conduct is necessary, what current accountability structures are effective, and what additional ones are needed. The 19 essays could be used as a textbook in a business ethics course. A battery of 27 appendices present the text of several codes of conduct being proposed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Part I Why Global Codes? Defining a New Relationship Between Business and Society
1 Raising the Ethics Bar in a Shrinking World 3
2 The Globalization Phenomenon and Multinational Corporate Developmental Responsibility 13
Part II The Past as Prologue: Experience as a Teacher
3 Business Codes and Conduct in a Global Political Economy 39
4 A Lesson from the Sullivan Principles: The Rewards for Being Proactive 57
5 An International Human Rights Perspective on Corporate Codes 83
Part III Codes as a Contemporary form of the Social Control of Business: Prospects for Success
6 Global Codes of Conduct: Activists, Lawyers, and Managers in Search of a Solution 103
7 Gaps in Research in the Formulation, Implementation, and Effectiveness Measurement of International Codes of Conduct 117
8 A Behavioral Perspective on Codes of Conduct: The Ambiguity-Specificity Paradox 128
9 International Instruments on Bribery and Corruption 141
Part IV The Caux Round Table's Principles for Business: A Framework for Company Codes
10 Executives' Code of Business Conduct: Prospects for the Caux Principles 169
11 The Caux Round Table Principles: Corporate Moral Reflection in a Global Business Environment 183
12 Ethical Guidelines for the Reform of State-Owned Enterprises in China 196
Part V Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility: the Point of View of Church Groups
13 In Whose Interest? A Global Code of Conduct for Corporations 211
14 Making Codes of Conduct Credible: The Role of Independent Monitoring 221
Part VI An Experiment: the White House Apparel Industry Partnership Workplace Code of Conduct and Principles of Monitoring
15 The Apparel Industry Code of Conduct: A Consumer Perspective on Social Responsibility 241
16 Voting with Their Pocketbooks: The Strengths and Limits of Consumer-Driven Codes of Conduct 253
Part VII Global Codes of Conduct and the Environment
17 Who Speaks for the Trees? Considerations for Any Transnational Code 267
18 Effective Codes of Conduct: Lessons from the Sullivan and CERES Principles 280
Part VIII What Remains to be Done
19 Corporate Ethics Statements: An Update 295
Appendices
1 The Business Charter for Sustainable Development 305
2 The CERES Principles 307
3 Principles and Criteria for Forest Stewardship 309
4 Bellagio Principles 315
5 The International Labor Organization Convention Concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries (Convention 169) 317
6 Amoco Canada Petroleum Co. Ltd Aboriginal Policy 320
7 International Code of Ethics for Canadian Business 322
8 GM Board Guidelines on Corporate Governance Issues 324
9 The Code of Best Practice (Cadbury Code) 328
10 International Labor Organization (ILO) Standards (extracts) 329
11 The Convention on the Rights of the Child (extracts) 332
12 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (extracts) 333
13 The Wood-Sheppard Principles for Race Equality in Employment 334
14 International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights 335
15 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women 337
16 Beijing Declaration 340
17 Equal Opportunity of Employment for Women 343
18 United Nations Draft Declaration on Gender Equity (extracts) 344
19 A Code of Practice for the Employment of Disabled People (extracts) 348
20 International Labor Organization (ILO) Conventions 349
21 The MacBride Principles for Northern Ireland 352
22 President Clinton's White House Apparel Industry Partnership Workplace Code of Conduct & Principles of Monitoring 353
23 Advertising Code 357
24 Purchasing Power Index (PPI) 363
25 Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility: Bench Marks for Measuring Business Performance 364
26 The Caux Principles 384
27 The Sullivan Principles 388
The Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business 391
Contributors 395
Index 401
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