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The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a coalition of 120 international companies committed to sustainable development. Members are drawn from 30 countries and more than 20 major industrial sectors. Information on the WBCSD's Corporate Social Responsibility Stakeholder Dialogue, The Netherlands, 6 - 8 September, 1998


WBCSD in collaboration with United Nations

International Chamber of Commerce 
ICC is the world business organization, the representative body that speaks with authority on behalf of enterprises from all sectors in every part of the world.
ICC promotes an open international trade and investment system and the market economy. Its conviction that trade is a powerful force for peace and prosperity dates from the organization's origins early in the century. The small group of far-sighted business leaders who founded ICC called themselves "the merchants of peace".
Because its member companies and associations are themselves engaged in international business, ICC has the authority in making rules that govern the conduct of business across borders. Although these rules are voluntary, they are observed in transactions every day and have become part of the fabric of international trade.
Within a year of the creation of the United Nations, ICC was granted consultative status at the highest level with the UN and its specialized agencies.
ICC was founded in 1919. Today it groups thousands of member companies and associations from over 130 countries. National committees in the world's major capitals coordinate with their membership to address the concerns of the business community and to convey to their governments the business views formulated by ICC.

ICC in cooperation with the UN
Working with the UN
Current joint projects with the UN and its agencies
The UN and ICC are engaged in a series of initiatives that give substance to Kofi Annan’s "global compact" and these are only a beginning. Some have been in place for several years and continue to produce results. Others are more recent.Here are some items. Technical though many of them are, all contribute to the objectives set at the New York meeting of ICC and UN leaders:
Energy Environment
Health Intellectual Property


The UN-business Global Compact in action
The last year of the 20th century has seen a constructive new relationship develop between the United Nations and business, with each side recognizing that their respective goals are mutually supporting.
Peace, development, the rule of law and harmonious and constructive relations between nations are fundamental goals of the United Nations. Achievement of these goals enables business to expand and prosper.
By creating wealth and jobs, by stimulating scientific and technical progress, and by constantly improving products under the stimulus of competition, companies help to defeat poverty and improve the quality of life. And poverty is the enemy of the humanitarian values espoused by the UN.
These complementary goals led the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, to propose a Global Compact between the UN and business to uphold a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards and environmental practice.
Visit for a  list of corporate examples.


The Global Compact
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, UN Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan challenged world business leaders to "embrace and enact" the Global Compact, both in their individual corporate practices and by supporting appropriate public policies. These principles cover topics in human rights, labour and environment.
Visit this site to get an overview of these principles, a section on how to transform these principles into management practices, a section on partners and initiatives and more.


International Aid and Trade
Conference & Exhibition in New York 31 May - 1 June 2000
Every year in New York City, International Aid & Trade brings together heads of UN agencies, government and NGO representatives, and major international CEOs to strengthen the partnership between the United Nations and the private sector. This event allows UN and business executives to review their joint projects on an annual basis, define future directions, and draw lessons from their collaboration. Corporations showcase their goods and services to the community of UN and World Bank procurement officers and find out about upcoming contracts and trends.
International Aid & Trade 2000 is a unique event. It will be the first time that heads of UN agencies, CEOs, and representatives from governments and NGOs come together under one roof in New York City to strengthen their partnership around the world. Corporations will display their equipment and expertise. Procurement officers from the UN and the World Bank will visit the exhibition and explain their bidding procedures at a special workshop. UN officials will explain why the United Nations must work with business in the next century to reduce poverty, safeguard the environment, and maintain an open economy that benefits all countries. UN and business representatives will sit at the same table to develop concrete projects in a country recovering from conflict.


UNA-USA Business Council for the UN


Worker Rights in the Global Economy
1999 - 2000
UNA-USA Global Policy Project
In the interest of promoting substantive discussion, UNA-USA is pleased to provide a broad reference list of groups offering a range of perspectives on the issue of worker "rights" and the impact of globalization on labor. Though not comprehensive, this list represents many of the well-known organizations working variously on questions of labor, commerce, trade, economic, or legal policy. Many of the descriptions are taken directly or paraphrased from the organizations' own web sites.


UNCTAD is the focal point within the United Nations system for the integrated treatment of development and interrelated issues in the areas of trade, finance, technology, investment, and sustainable development.
Main goals are to maximize the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries, and to help them face challenges arising from globalization and integrate into the world economy, on an equitable basis.
UNCTAD pursues its goals through research and policy analysis, intergovernmental deliberations, technical cooperation, and interaction with civil society and the business sector.


The Copenhagen Center
The Copenhagen Centre – New Partnership for Social Responsibility
was established to stimulate the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors with the purpose of promoting social cohesion and fighting social exclusion. Its primary geographic scope is Europe, but the Centre believes in sharing experience with any governmental or non-governmental organisation or private enterprise, which combat social exclusion


European Business Network for Social Cohesion
EBNSC (European Business Network for Social Cohesion) is a non-profit organisation that tries to stimulate governments and multinationals in Europe to employ, train & educate long-term unemployed & socially excluded people.
EBNSC helps companies to share knowledge and experience. It is a business-driven membership network whose mission is to encourage and help companies to prosper in ways that stimulate job growth, increase employability and prevent social exclusion; thereby contributing to a sustainable economy and a more just society. EBNSC, in partnership with the European Commission, provides a bridge between business, national governments and European policy makers, creating a greater understanding of their respective roles. Through EBNSC, member companies now have the opportunity to define the European Corporate Social Responsibility agenda

Visit the site's Resource Centre ( and learn about best practices of corporate social responsibility in Europe, including 500 business case studies addressing many different CSR issue areas and a list of universities with courses in this subject.
Links and Publications on CSR and information on European Social Policies.


EthicScan Canada Limited is a business ethics, research and consulting clearing-house that monitors the social and environmental performance of 1500 companies in Canada.


Council for Ethics in Economics
The Council for Ethics in Economics is an association of leaders in business, education, religion, and other professions working together to strengthen the ethical fabric of business and economic life.


United States-Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP)
US-AEP is a public-private initiative that promotes environmentally sustainable development in Asia. US-AEP is jointly implemented by several U.S. government agencies, under the leadership of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).


Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
BSR's mission is to help its member companies achieve long-term commercial success by implementing policies and practices that honor high ethical standards and meet their responsibilities to all who are impacted by their decisions.
Sections on BSR Education Funds

Business and Human Rights Programme
Community Economic Development

Global Business Responsibility Resource Center
The Resource Center provides businesses with the information they need to understand and implement more responsible policies and practices, and promotes increased knowledge and collaboration among companies and between business and other sectors. It aims at helping companies achieve sustained commercial success in ways that honor high ethical standards and benefit people, communities, and the environment.
The Global Business Responsibility Resource Center is a resource covering the full spectrum of corporate social responsibility issues. At the heart of the Center is a growing collection of topic overviews providing basic information, company examples, and links to helping resources. The website is the Center's primary vehicle for disseminating this information. Over time, the Center will develop a comprehensive set of strategic tools and trainings, and engage in consultations.
Topics include

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Ethics
  • Community Involvement
  • Community Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Governance
  • Human Rights
  • Marketplace
  • Mission, Vision, Values
  • Social Audits and Accountability
  • Workplace


Sustainable Development International
Sustainable Development International aims to educate the readership by providing a showcase for strategies and technologies for local-global Agenda 21 implementation. SDI is part of the "Towards Earth Summit 2002" process.


Go to Hot Topics for short introduction on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)


Ethics in Action
This Awards web site is a year round vehicle to connect people interested in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with resources that will help further their knowledge of CSR.


Social Investment Organization (SIO)
Social Investment Organization (SIO)
The SIO is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of a socially and environmentally sustainable society through socially responsible investment (SRI) and corporate social responsibility (CSR)


Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR)
CBSR defines, supports, promotes and advocates responsible policies and practices that benefit employees, communities, the economy and our environment.


Canadian Centre for Business in the Community (CCBC)
The CCBC is an initiative of The Conference Board of Canada, whose mission is to help its members anticipate and respond to the increasingly changing global economy... through the development and exchange of knowledge about organizational strategies and practices, emerging economic and social trends and key public policy issues.
Visit the section entitled "Taking Action on Corporate Social Responsibility" ( and learn about the CCBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative.


The Centre for Innovation in Corporate Responsibility (CICR)
CICR's mission is to lead and assist Canadian businesses in redefining and realizing responsible international business practice. CICR aims to work in partnership with Canadian businesses working in or with developing countries to enhance business performance through sound corporate citizenship and responsible international business practices focused on sustainable human development."
Visit CICR's "Links" section, as well as their Virtual Business Resource Centre on International Corporate Responsibility at


Corporate Social Responsibility
Online magazine reporting on the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility and its relationship to corporate success with employees, consumers and investors. Coverage includes news, benchmark practices, consumer attitudinal changes, etc.
Visit for a section on socially responsible investing
Visit the Corporate Social Responsibility Newsletter
Visit for a section on Human Rights


European Bahá'í Business Forum (EBBF)
EBBF is a global professional non-profit association of men and women practicing and promoting moral and ethical values in business. Membership is global, its activities are focused in Europe. EBBF is drawing increasing attention in Europe through its publications, its participation in United Nations summit conferences, and its projects to promote entrepreneurship and ethics in many Eastern and Central European countries.
Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Success
One of the core beliefs of the European Bahá'í Business Forum is that business has a social responsibility as well as an economic mission. This article seeks to articulate and communicate what social responsibility means and why it makes good business sense to integrate it into business strategies and practices. It does this by:

  • Outlining some forces at work and trends affecting corporations
  • Explaining six key dimensions of corporate social responsibility
  • Making a case for integrating CSR into sustainable strategies
  • Describing how CSR can be built into management practices
  • Looking beyond social responsibility


Business Ethics Resources on the WWW
Here you find some lists of WWW sites which may be of interest to people doing research in the various branches of applied ethics. Note that these lists are not limited to sites about applied ethics.

Social Venture Network
Social Venture Network is a non-profit membership organization of business and social entrepreneurs dedicated to creating a more just, humane and sustainable society by changing the way the world does business. Social Venture Network is part of an international community of business and social entrepreneurs dedicated to changing the way the world does business and to using our influence to promote progressive solutions to social problems.



Descriptions have been taken and adapted from the web-sites linked to.