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Multinational Enterprises and the Social Challenges of the XXIst Century

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ISBN13: 9789041112804
ISBN: 9041112804
Published: December 1999
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Format: Paperback
Price: £131.00

Globalization 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. Drawing together a group of concerned delegates, a special International Conference in Leuven, Belgium, on 2-3 May 1999, was 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 Co-operation (including its Trade Union Advisory Committee), the European Union, and the International Employers' Association. This book is the record of this 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 an additional feature, it publishes codes of conduct for several multinational enterprises.;The text 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.

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Introduction: The Global Challenges; R. Blanpain, T. Hanami. Notes on Contributors. List of Abbreviations. Studies.
1. The Importance of Law: Guidelines in Monitoring Corporate Behaviour; B. Hepple.
2. The ILO Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its Follow-Up; K. Tapiola.
3. Social Conduct in Transnational Enterprise Operations: The Role of the International Labour Organisation; J.M. Diller.
4. Review of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: Possible Revisions to the Chapter on Employment and Industrial Relations; R. Blanpain.
5. Report on EU Standards for European Enterprises Operating in Developing Countries: Towards a European Code of Conduct; R.Howitt.
6. Towards New Standards Policy: Proposals of the International Organisation of Employers; International Organisation of Employers.
7.Codes of Conduct - A Growing Concern for Enterprises? R. Thusing.
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; ICFTUITS.
10. The 1999 Review of OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises; R. Jones.
11. C&A Codes of Conduct; C. Williams.
12.Levi's Code of Conduct; A. Christie.
13. Codes of Conduct and International Subcontracting: A `Private' Road Towards Ensuring Minimum Labour Standards in Export Industries; G. Van Liemt.
14.Codes of Conduct: A Central and Eastern European Point of View; A. Swiatkowski. (Part contents).