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International Documents on Corporate Responsibility

International Documents on Corporate Responsibility

Edited by Stephen Tully

International Documents on Corporate Responsibility includes the principal international, regional and national instruments drafted by intergovernmental organisations or states as well as codes of conduct formulated by industry associations, trade unions and non-governmental organisations. The coverage includes the fields of human rights, international criminal and environmental law, labour standards, international trade, armed conflict, sustainable development, corruption, consumer protection and corporate governance. Each document is accompanied by a brief explanatory commentary outlining the historical origins of the instrument, the principal actors involved, controversial negotiation issues, applicable implementation procedure, and identifies further reference material.

Chapter 92: UK/USA: Volunary Principles on Security and Human Rights, 2000

Edited by Stephen Tully

Subjects: law - academic, company and insolvency law, corporate law and governance


92. UK/USA: Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, 2000 Commentary: The Voluntary Principles were released through the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the US Department of State: see For academic commentary, see Freeman B., Pica M.B. and Camponovo C.N. (2001), ‘A new approach to corporate responsibility: the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights’, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 24 (3), 423–49; Murphy S.D. (2001), ‘Voluntary human rights principles for extractive and energy companies’, American Journal of International Law, 95, 636–7. See also, ‘Defence Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct’ (, established in 1986 by 32 defence contractors who pledged to implement ethical principles acknowledging their federalprocurement-related responsibilities to the US government, general public and each other. Preamble The Governments of the United States and the United Kingdom, companies in the extractive and energy sectors (‘Companies’) and NGOs, all with an interest in human rights and corporate social responsibility, have engaged in a dialogue on security and human rights. The participants recognize the importance of the promotion and protection of human rights throughout the world and the constructive role business and civil society – including NGOs, labour/trade unions, and local communities – can play in advancing these goals. Through this dialogue, the participants have developed the following set of voluntary principles to guide Companies in maintaining the safety and security of their operations within an operating framework that ensures respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Mindful of these goals,...

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