Pope Paul VI quote

Social Justice Teachings,
Documents, and more

(Part 6/6)

Business-related and Initiatives

Business-related: Within the business community, principles (codes of conduct) have been formulated to call corporations to just and sustainable business decisions, policies, and goals. At times, the desire to walk gently and justly on the earth comes from business leaders themselves. Usually, average citizens and stakeholders, via groups like ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, a leader in the global responsibility movement), press companies to be socially and environmentally responsible.

Unlike labor law, corporate codes of conduct do not have any authorized definition. The concept "corporate code of conduct" refers to companies' policy statements that define ethical standards for their conduct. There is a great variance in the ways these statements are drafted. Corporate codes of conduct are completely voluntary, have different formats, and address any issue. Also, implementation depends totally on the company concerned as shaped by their business ethics and shareholder priorities.

Initiatives: Groups also come together on critical justice issues of the day. Members — usually leaders in their respective fields: religious, governmental, political, educational, military, and so on — share an urgency to work together to bring needed change in the world.

Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh An independent, legally binding agreement between brands and trade unions designed to work towards a safe and healthy Bangladeshi Ready-Made Garment Industry.

C169 Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 Convention concerning indigenous and tribal peoples in independent countries.

C182 Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 Convention concerning prohibition and immediate action for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour.

Ceres Principles (formerly the Valdez Principles) Criteria for assessing environmental performance of companies.

Caux Round Table (CRT) Prinsciples for Business Seeks to express a worldwide standard for ethical and responsible corporate behavior.

Equator Principles
A framework for financial institutions to manage environmental and social issues in project financing.

Global Sullivan Principles of Social Responsibility For businesses, large and small, "to improve quality of life for communities, workers and children with dignity and equality."

ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Principles of International Labor Organization.

MacBride Principles Corporate code of conduct for U.S. companies doing business in Northern Ireland.

Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility: Bench Marks for Measuring Business Performance One of the most comprehensive sets of social and environmental criteria and business performance indicators available.

Treaty Alliance: Global Movement for a Binding Treaty A statement calling for the IGWG Process to deliver effective human rights protections to prevent and remedy corporate abuses.

Global Peace Initiative of Women Vision An initiative fostering the spiritual values of global unity, peacebuilding, and the development of all the peoples of the world.

Global Zero An international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

International Ecocity Framework and Standards An initiative focused on an ecologically restorative human presence on Earth.

Social Justice Teachings, Documents, and more includes:

Introduction      Roman Catholic (Part 1/6)      Other Christian Traditions (Part 2/6)     Other Religions (Part 3/6)

Interfaith Groups (Part 4/6)      United Nations (Part 5/6)      Business-related and Initiatives (Part 6/6)

Gratitude to St. Joseph Foundation for Charitable Purposes for financial support for this addition and to the
Institute for Peace and Justice for use of their Pope Paul VIth graphic.

Modified July 16, 2015.