Corporate Accountability (01:32)
More than half the world's 100 largest economies are global corporations, not countries. The power of these companies raises concerns about corporate accountability for human rights, worker safety, fair wages, environmental protection, and corporate crime.
Pensions, Investments, and Environmental Responsibility (03:21)
The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees works to protect public employees' pensions. Suggestions are made and resources are identified to guide socially and environmentally responsible investing.
Ensuring Corporate Accountability (01:23)
The British organization AcountAbility is the world's preeminent association for promoting accountability in business and government. CEO Dr. Simon Zadek explains what it means for businesses to be held accountable.
Role of the United Nations in Corporate Accountability (01:48)
The United Nations creates many of the enabling frameworks within which global business is conducted. The UN is responsible for initiating many social and environmental accountability measures.
Responsible Practices and Company Performance (02:15)
Voluntary measures and regulations play roles in promoting responsible business behaviors and practices. Corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investing can improve a company's performance.
Business in the Community (01:40)
Promoting ethics can be a good business decision that improves profitability. Many businesses invest in their communities to improve health, education, and other aspects of life in the communities in which they operate.
Global Reporting Initiative (01:01)
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is recognized as the international framework for sustainability reporting. An expert asserts that sustainable practices will soon be universally recognized as an influence on long-term shareholder value.
The Ethos Institute (01:48)
Brazilian entrepreneur Oded Grajew founded the Ethos Institute for Business and Social Responsibility. The mission of the Institute is to empower companies to implement socially responsible and sustainable business practices.
Education and Corporate Responsibility (01:20)
Education plays a large role in the development of sustainable business practices. Business schools are increasingly offering courses in corporate social and environmental responsibility.
Social Responsibility and Micro-Finance Programs (04:59)
One aspect of global corporate responsibility is using business excellence to generate social change. A Grameen Bank representative discusses how micro-finance and micro-credit programs empower the poor.
Corporate Citizenship (02:54)
Concerned citizens drive today's trend toward better corporate citizenship. Hundreds of studies support the idea that corporations can be good citizens and provide good financial returns at the same time.
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