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  Principles for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Persuaded by experience that a person’s moral sense contributes to success in business endeavors, in 1994 the Caux Round Table published its Principles for Business as a world standard against which business behavior could be measured.

The CRT Principles do not only reflect a concern with the ways business is done, but also with its objectives. Although the prime responsibility for creating a just society does not lie with corporations, it is the firm belief of the Caux Round Table that corporations can and should make a contribution to this objective, reflecting their role and position in society.

In our world it is governments that primarily have a duty to create the fundamental conditions for establishing a better world in terms of the requisite laws, (national) security, health, safety, equity, education, communication, technology, transportation, et cetera. To support governments in this respect and to help them focus on the core elements to do their jobs well the Caux Round Table advocates certain ethical Principles for Government.

The reason for developing the Principles for Government in addition to the 1994 Principles for Business lies in the belief of the Caux Round Table that business and government need to co-operate and co-ordinate their efforts if prosperity is to be created for the benefit of all. The CRT principles derive from two ethical ideals: “Kyosei” and “Human Dignity”. The Japanese concept of “Kyosei” means living and working together for the common good while the moral vision of “Human Dignity” refers to the sacredness or value of each person as an end in itself.

The rise of NGOs

Recognizing that while both business and governments are quintessential in the promotion of a better world, the set of responsible global actors is not complete without referring to the role and responsibility of the third major player in a dynamic world: civil society.

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