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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 82: International Gas Union: Guiding Principles for Sustainable Development, 2003


Commentary: Founded in 1931, the International Gas Union (IGU, is a global non-profit organisation registered in Switzerland with a secretariat located in Denmark. The IGU’s objective is to promote technical and economic progress within the gas industry and its membership consists of associations and entities from 67 States. The IGU formulates an action programme at World Gas conferences held every three years for subsequent implementation by working committees. See also IGU (2003), Seven Decades with IGU, Hoersholm: Denmark. For other sectoral approaches, see International Fertilizer Industry Association (1992, 2000), ‘Mission Statements on Sustainable Development’, Vancouver (; the International Hotel Environmental Initiative (1992), ‘Charter for Environmental Action in the Hotel Industry’, London ( The underlying tenet of the IGU Guiding Principles for Sustainable Development is that the gas industry integrates economic, environmental and social factors in all its business practices. The gas industry further recognises that continuous improvement of corporate performance towards sustainable development is critical for successful business. The gas industry’s corporate performance for Sustainable Development is guided by the following declarations: (i) (ii) (iii) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948. The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Works, 1998. The Rio Declaration on Sustainable Development and its Agenda for the 21st century, 1992. Environmentally Sound by Making Choices Today that Work Tomorrow Continuous improvement in the performance of the gas industry is of vital importance as the world moves towards a sustainable energy future. The gas industry shall: (i) (ii) (iii) co-operate with all parties...

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