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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.
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Chapter 38: World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry: Code of Conduct „ Guiding Principles, 2000


38. World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry: Code of Conduct – Guiding Principles, 2000 Commentary: Established in 1978, the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI, consists of large international sports companies, smaller national companies and national federations from over 50 States. The WFSGI Committee on Ethics and Fair Trade first developed this Model Code in 1997 following consultation with constituent federations, other members, international organisations and NGOs. This version of the Code, endorsed by the WFSGI General Assembly in 2000, serves as a model for companies to develop individual codes and ensure ‘that their operations satisfy the highest ethical standards in the global marketplace’. Additional instruments include WFSGI (1995), ‘Code of Best Practice concerning Child Labour’, Verbier and WFSGI/International Olympic Committee (IOC) (2004), ‘Code of Conduct’. See further, Fédération Internationale de Football Association/International Confederation of Free Trade Unions/International Federation of Commercial, Clerical, Professional and Technical Employees/ International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Federation (1996), ‘Code of Labour Practice’. Compare also the International Council of Toy Industries (1995, revised 2001), ‘Code of Business Practices’, New York ( info/code.htm) with the Toy Industry of Europe (1997), ‘Code of Business Practices’, Brussels (www.tietoyorg). Preamble The ideals of the WFSGI are the ideals of sport, and the organization seeks to promote fairness, honesty, mutual understanding and high ethical standards not only on the sports field but also in the factories which make sports products. WFSGI members recognize the important role they play in the global economy and their influence...

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