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Setting Global Standards: Guidelines for Creating Codes of Conduct in Multinational Corporations

Setting Global Standards: Guidelines for Creating Codes of Conduct in Multinational Corporations

S. Prakash Sethi

ISBN: 978-0-471-43175-6

Apr 2003

320 pages

$22.99

Description

Learn how large corporations can make real improvements in their standard business practices without jeopardizing their competitiveness in the global marketplace. S. Prakash Sethi, a preeminent business scholar and researcher on the activities of multinational corporations and global business issues, outlines a number of highly effective approaches by which corporate leaders can improve their credibility and ensure the protection of the human and civil rights of their workers across the globe.

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Preface.

PART ONE: THE ROLE OF MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF INCREASING GLOBALIZATION AND FREE TRADE.

Chapter 1. The Blessings and Perils of Globalization: A Tale of Two Peoples.

Chapter 2. Sweatshops and Human Rights Abuses: Evidence from the Field.

PART TWO: MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS' RESPONSES TO CHANGE.

Chapter 3. Multinational Corporations' Responses to Public Criticism: Failure of Communications Strategies.

Chapter 4. Corporate Codes of Conduct: Parameters and Analysis.

Chapter 5. Proactive Corporate Responses: Voluntary Codes of Conduct.

PART THREE. GROUP-BASED APPROACHES.

Chapter 6. The Sullivan Principles in South Africa: A Regionwide Approach to Codes of Conduct.

Chapter 7. The United Nations Global Compact: Corporate Leadership in the World Economy.

Chapter 8. The Fair Labor Association: Problems with an Industry-Based Approach to Codes of Conduct.

PART FOUR: CASE STUDIES.

Chapter 9. Nike, Inc.: Missed Opportunities to Effective Code Compliance.

Chapter 10. The Walt Disney Company: A Progressive Approach to Monitoring Compliance.

PART FIVE: NEW APPROACHES TO VIABLE CODES OF CONDUCT.

Chapter 11. Guidelines for Creating Multinational Codes of Business Conduct.

Chapter 12. Independent Monitoring Systems: Transparency in Code Implementation, Compliance, and Verification.

Chapter 13. Mattel, Inc.: Global Manufacturing Principles—A Model Approach to Code Implementation and Independent Monitoring.

PART SIX: LESSONS LEARNED AND UNLEARNED—GUIDELINES FOR THE FUTURE.

Chapter 14. Corporate Social Accountability and International Codes of Conduct: An Assessment.

Bibliography.

Index.