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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 43: Reverend Sullivan: the Global Sullivan Principles of Social Responsibility, 1997


Commentary: Reverend Leon H. Sullivan first formulated the Sullivan Statement of Principles for US Corporations Operating in South Africa during 1977 to counter racial discrimination in the workplace under South African apartheid. They called for corporate divestment with any entity engaged in discriminatory practices and were subsequently amplified on four occasions: see 24 ILM 1486 (1985). For comparable intergovernmental codes, see the Code of Conduct concerning the Employment Practices of Canadian Companies Operating in South Africa 24 ILM 1464 (1985); the European Community Code of Conduct for Enterprises having Affiliates, Subsidiaries or Agencies in South Africa (1977) 9 EC Bulletin 2.2.4. Following the abolition of apartheid, Reverend Sullivan announced the Global Sullivan Principles as guidelines for ethical business practices within developing countries: Formulated with input from several corporations and business associations, corporate endorsers commit to implementing appropriate internal policies and procedures, undertaking effective training, completing publicly available annual reports and sharing experiences at annual meetings: see further, Global Sullivan Principles Endorser List. As a company which endorses the Global Sullivan Principles we will respect the law, and as a responsible member of society we will apply these Principles with integrity consistent with the legitimate role of business. We will develop and implement company policies, procedures, training and internal reporting structures to ensure commitment to these Principles throughout our organization. We believe the application of these Principles will achieve greater tolerance and better understanding among peoples, and advance the culture of peace. Accordingly, we will: (i) Express our support for...

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