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  Guide to CSR and Business Ethics Codes

As a resource to users of this website, the Caux Round Table has prepared summaries of selected corporate responsibility codes and standards. Each summary highlights the following features of the code in question:

  • Its origin;
  • Its purpose;
  • Critical content;
  • The recommended implementation strategy or process.

Our intent is to provide a useful overview of some well-established and emerging perspectives on the nature of corporate responsibility. A code’s inclusion in this catalog does not imply endorsement by the Caux Round Table of either the code or the issuing organization.

Please check this listing from time-to-time. It will be updated periodically as the Caux Round Table examines its own Principles for Business in light of standards for responsible corporate conduct issued by other organizations.

Aspirational Statements and Standards:

Amnesty International Human Rights Principles for Business

The Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum Business Code of Conduct

The CERES Principles

The Clarkson Principles of Stakeholder Management

The Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code

The Fair Labor Association Workshop Code of Conduct

ICFTU/ITS Basic Code of Labor Practice

The ILO Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

The ILO Tripartite Declaration concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy

An Interfaith Declaration

The OECD Guidelines for Corporate Governance

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Social Accountability International: SA8000

The Social Venture Network Standards of Corporate Social Responsibility

The Global Sullivan Principles

The Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility Principles For Global Corporate Responsibility

The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights

The United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Draft Human Rights Principles and Responsibilities for Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises


Other Relevant Standards:

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