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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 118: UN: Guidelines on Cooperation between the UN and the Business Community, 2000


Commentary: Issued by the UN Secretary-General on 17 July 2000, the Guidelines extracted below (footnotes omitted) provide guidance for private sector relations with the UN. Annex 1 contains the Global Compact. Annex 2 contains an explanatory background note on the use of the UN name and emblem (under Section V) and illustrates the various modalities listed under Section VI. See further, UN Secretary-General (1997), ‘Secretary-General, in address to World Economic Forum, stresses strengthened partnership between UN, Private Sector’, Press Release SG/SM/6153; UN Secretary-General Report (2001), ‘Co-operation between the UN and all relevant partners, in particular the private sector’, UN Doc A/56/323. For intergovernmental perspectives, see UN Department of Public Information (UNDPI) (1998), ‘The UN and Business: New Dimensions in Co-operation: Case Studies from the UN System’, New York; UN Joint Inspection Unit (1999), ‘Report on Private Sector Involvement and Cooperation with the UN System’, Geneva, UN Doc JIU/REP/99/6. For commercial perspectives, see PWBLF (2002), ‘Building Partnerships: Co-operation between the UN and the Business Community’, London. See also, Nelson, J. (2002), ‘Building partnerships: co-operation between the UN system and the private sector’, UNDPI/IBLF: New York; business/index.asp. I. Background 1. The business community has played an active role in the UN since its inception in 1945. A number of UN organizations have a successful history of cooperating with business. Recent political and economic changes have fostered and intensified the search for collaborative arrangements. 2. The efforts of the Secretary-General to renew and reform the UN provide the overall rationale for closer...

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