Summary of Concerns/Criteria for Inter-Governmental and Non-Governmental Groups

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"Summary of Concerns/Criteria for Inter-Governmental and Non-Governmental Groups", CAP, January 14, 1999,

Prepared for the “Forging New Links: Promoting and Protecting Human Rights and the Environment” Roundtable held in San Francisco, CA, on January 14, 1999.


  • Performance Based Standards: are the codes/practices adopted by the corporation, and the monitoring and evaluation, based upon measurable indicators of performance?
  • Transparent Monitoring and Reporting: are the codes/practices and their implementation, monitoring and evaluation made public or reported to a public agency or other body for review by affected groups?
  • Consensus Based: are the codes/practices adopted developed through consensus among affected groups? Environmental or human rights organizations? Industry organizations? UN or International agencies? Regulatory bodies?
  • Comprehensive Coverage: are the codes/practices adopted by the corporations comprehensive in addressing the potential impacts to the environment, human health and human rights of the affected communities?
  • Company-Wide Coverage: are the codes/practices implemented in one area of the corporation’s work or geographic locations of its subsidiaries or general activities?
  • Accountability: is the corporation accountable to any entity (regulators, the public, its shareholders) for its implementation of the codes/practices it develops? Are there penalties for failure to comply? Or incentives to perform?
  • Community Relations: do the codes/practices address the manner of relationship to be forged between government and/or corporate entity with the affected communities in which it is operating?

Below are links to summaries of selected reports providing proposed criteria for evaluating environmental and/or human rights practices. These are:

  1. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  2. International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development (ICHRDD)
  3. Proposal Under Discussion by NGOs in Preparation for the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 6)
  4. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – Draft Corporate Governance Guidelines
  5. The New Directions Group (Canada)

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