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Corporate Accountability is an important issue in society. It is part of more general issues of business. Its specific focus involves: Sites of organizations, institutions, or individuals which are aimed at any of the following: 1. Monitor corporate behavior as it affects human rights, environmental issues, fairness to workers, or other issues of human rather than economic concern. 2. Call to action, inform, or "blow the whistle" on corporate operations relative to #1 above. 3. Provide solutions, alternative ideas to problems above.
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Business in the Community - A movement of businesses committed to continually improving their positive impact on society through corporate social responsibility. Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) - Provides information, tools, training and advisory services to make corporate social responsibility an integral part of business operations and strategies. CSR Europe - European business reference point for social responsibility issues. Includes case studies, publications, current activities and databank search. Ethical Performance - Newsletter for professionals concerned with corporate social responsibility or for investors. Covers Europe, Americas and Asia Pacific regions. Corporate Watch - An online magazine and resource center designed to provide activists, journalists, students, teachers and policy makers with an array of tools to investigate and analyze corporate activity. Documents the social, political, economic and environmental impacts of large transnational corporations. CERES Principles - Formerly the Valdez Principles, the CERES Principles for environmentally sound business practices were drafted by the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies. Initiative Against Economic Globalization PRAGUE 2000 - Aims to help citizens' democratic rights to publicly demonstrate in order to bring accountability to bear upon large, multinational corporations. What is the OECD? - Paper on overarching issues affecting corporate accountability. Discusses the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. European Corporate Governance Institute - Non-Profit Network for European and Comparative Corporate Governance Issues. International Corporate Environmental Reports - Corporate Accountability vis a vis the environment. English link, site name, Milieujaarverslagen. Adbusters - Global network of culture jammers and creatives working to change the way information flows, corporations wield power, and meaning is produced in society. The Fair Labor Association - Nonprofit network which gets major footwear and clothing manufacturers to agree to disclose specific factory names, where in the world their products are manufactured. As You Sow - Organization promoting corporate accountability - holding corporations accountable for complying with consumer, workplace and environmental laws. Anti-Scofflaw Regulation - This proposal would prevent the federal government from entering into contracts with companies that are chronic violators of consumer, environmental, labor, tax, antitrust and employment laws. Corporate Accountability Project - Researching Corporations section provides links to numerous resources to investigate publicly traded corporations. Essential Action - Site for alerting and organizing efforts in corporate accountability. The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) - Nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide. Max Havelaar Switzerland - Swiss firm promoting and enabling fair trade actions. Profit vs. Social Responsibility - Cyber College asks students to calculate the costs / benefits of socially responsible business decisions. One Market, Under God - Thomas Frank, 35, contends that behind the go- go stock market and the feel-good atmosphere, the American economy that bloomed in the 1990's is sick, and that the divide between rich and poor has widened. To read this NY Times interview of him, requires free registration. Watered Stock Pyramid Analysis - Links to articles by Bill Parish about Citicorp, Cisco Systems and Microsoft printing stock with abandon. The MacBride Principles - Principles of conduct for firms doing business in Northern Ireland. Corporate Governance - Facilitates the movement to enhance wealth creation by transforming corporations into more democratic entities through shareholder activism and empowering boards of directors. Hands-On Corporate Research Guide - Step-by-step interactive guide to researching corporations on the Internet. Loka Institute - Begun in 1987, enables information and organizing about worldwide concerns with science, technology and society. Genetic engineering by corporations, for example, has been a focus here. CSR360 Global Partner Network - Global network of not-for-profit organizations working with businesses to improve their positive impact on society. Corporations and Health Watch - Provides activists, researchers, health professionals, policy makers and others with information and resources so they can act to change corporate practices that harm health. Jennifer Zerk Consulting - Independent consultancy specializing in the legal side of corporate social responsibility. Better Business Bureau of Mainland British Columbia - Regional example of BBB that focuses on ethical matters of business members for the public. Airline On-Time Statistics - U.S. Bureau of Transportation figures on airline's tardinesses. Corporate America: The Land of the Greed - Personal commentary by Evan Stair on the effects of corporate values on small town life.
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