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Multinational Enterprise Social Challenges Xx1st Century Oli Decl

By Roger Blanpain†


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Globalisation is unravelling and reassembling the fabric of labour relations in ways that are more affected by local conditions and business requirements than by international standards. Now is the time to examine these changes and find the patterns that may serve to establish such standards.

This important undertaking drew together a group of concerned delegates to a special International Conference in Leuven, Belgium, on 3 May 1999, sponsored by the Euro-Japan Institute for Law and Business. The participants included prominent members of the international legal, business and academic communities, as well as representatives of the International Labour Organisation, the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (including its Trade Union Advisory Committee), the European Union, and the International Employers' Association.

This book is the record of this significant Conference. It publishes the reports presented by the various delegates, and also includes the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998) and its follow-up. As a valuable additional feature, it publishes codes of conduct for several multinational enterprises.

Multinational Enterprises and the Social Challenges of the XXIst Century investigates four channels that are available for monitoring social change and promoting social progress in today's world: labour conventions legally binding on signatory states, international guidelines and statements of social policy imposing voluntary standards on multinational enterprises, international declarations of rights recommending agendas for legislatures, and internal corporate codes of conduct.

The reports evaluate the effectiveness of these channels, how they operate in practice, their impact on day-to-day reality, and the extent of coherence and consistency they manifest as instruments of social change.

Last Updated 01/01/2000
Update Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041112804
SKU 10059370-0001
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Global Challenges, Notes on Contributors, List of Abbreviations 1. The importance of law, guidelines and codes of conduct in monitoring corporate behaviour Bob Hepple 2. The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its Follow-up Kari Tapiola 3. Social conduct in transnational enterprise operations: the role of the International Labour Organization Janelle M. Diller 4. Review of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: Possible revisions to the chapter on employment and industrial relations Roger Blanpain 5. Report on EU standards for European enterprises operating in developing countries: towards a European Code of Conduct Richard Howitt 6. Towards a New Standards Policy. Proposals of the International Organisation of Employers, 6 May 1997 International Organisation of Employers 7. Codes of Conduct – A growing concern for enterprises? Rolf Thüsing 8. Contribution on the employment and industrial relations chapter of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises BIAC 9. Labour and Business in the Global Market ICFTU−ITS 10. The 1999 Review of OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises Roy Jones 11. C&A Codes of Conduct Chris Williams 12. Levi’s Code of Conduct Alan Christie 13. Codes of Conduct and International Subcontracting: a ‘private’ road towards ensuring minimum labour standards in export industries Gijsbert van Liemt 14. Codes of Conduct. A Central and Eastern European point of view Andrzej Swiatkowski 15. Child labour Antoine Jacobs 16. Codes of Conduct. Freedom of association and the right to bargain collectively Chris Engels 17. Information and consultation in multinational enterprises Manfred Weiss 18. Discrimination and privacy Frank Hendrickx 19. Data protection and codes of conduct: self-regulation versus legislative intervention Frank Hendrickx 20. Vocational training Jacques Rojot 21. Implementation and monitoring of codes of conduct. How to make codes of conduct effective? Michele Colucci 22. Concluding remarks Miet Smet 23. ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its Follow-up 24. ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy 25. The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 26. Code of labour practices for the apparel industry, including sportswear 27. The Body Shop trading charter 28. The C&A Code of Conduct for the Supply of Merchandise 29. The DuPont Commitment 30. Code of labour practice negotiated with FIFA 31. Hennes & Mauritz. Code of conduct 32. Agreement between IKEA and the International Federation of Building and Wood Workers 33. Kmart. Workplace Code of Conduct 34. Levi Strauss & Co. Code of Conduct 35. The NIKE Code of Conduct 36. Agreement on Code of Conduct between the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions and the Norwegian Goldsmiths’ Association 37. Philips. General Business Principles 38. PSI Water Code 39. World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry. Model Code of Conduct