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Author Hamdani, Khalil A., author.

Title United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations : corporate conduct and the public interest / Khalil Hamdani and Lorraine Ruffing ; with reflections and critical commentary from colleagues, delegates, and participants
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2015


Description 1 online resource
Series Global institutions ; 98
Global institutions series ; 98.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of reflections; List of boxes; List of contributors; Abbreviations; Preface; Introduction; Setting; Key themes; Caveat; 1. The United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations; Origins; History; Conclusion; Reflection 1.1 Transnationals in the UN spotlight: the beginning; Reflection 1.2 The uniqueness of the Centre; 2. The transnational corporation: separating fact from fiction; Global reports; Other studies; Conclusion; Reflection 2.1 The World Investment Report
Reflection 2.2 Services-from selective work to the mainstream; 3. Code of conduct: attempting an international regulatory framework; Run-up to the code; What kind of code?; Global context; Code negotiations; Conclusion; Reflection 3.1 Doctrinal differences on the code; Reflection 3.2 Why the code failure?; Reflection 3.3 The heritage of the code; Reflection 3.4 An odorless code; Reflection 3.5 The code-a good idea whose time had not come; 4. Transparency and disclosure: lifting the veil from corporate reporting; Entering the arena of international standard-setting
Creating the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR); ISAR's contributions to the field of corporate reporting; Near death experience; Conclusion; Reflection 4.1 ISAR hears SMEs' plea for help; Reflection 4.2 Corporate social responsibility reporting; 5. Activism and engagement: setting standards for corporate behavior ; Apartheid southern Africa: hastening the demise; Indigenous peoples: free and informed consent; Cross-border insolvency: protecting depositors; Environment: engaging industry on sustainability; Conclusion
Reflection 5.1 South Africa-from sanctions to support; Reflection 5.2 The quest for corporate sustainability management; 6. Country policies: maximizing the positive, minimizing the negative; Policy advice; Training; Conclusion; Reflection 6.1 Policy advice; Reflection 6.2 Technical assistance; Reflection 6.3 Investment promotion; Reflection 6.4 Entrepreneurship development; 7. Corporate conduct and the public interest ; Corporate conduct 40 years later; Lessons from UNCTC; New window of opportunity: the time is right; Alternative paths to corporate responsibility; Conclusion
Reflection 7.1 The power of soft law; Reflection 7.2 Lessons from history; Select bibliography; Index; Routledge Global Institutions Series
Summary The United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations (UNCTC) was established in 1975 and abolished in 1992. It was an early effort by the UN to address the overlapping issues of national sovereignty, corporate responsibility and global governance. These issues have since multiplied and deepened with globalization. This book recounts the UNCTC experience and its lessons for international organizations. This book is not only an insider perspective by two former staff but also a collective memoir of the UNCTC as an international organization that attempted with varying success to defuse the clash between corporates and states that erupted in the turbulent 1970s. This personal account of the UNCTC is a mixture of history, analysis, reflections, and critical commentaries, told in different voices that penetrate the bland persona of international civil service. In this retelling, the authors seek to address misconceptions amongst the more general literature and to seek to provide accounts of both its positive and negative features. The UNCTC experience recounted in this book holds valuable lessons for international organization and will be of interest to student, scholars and practitioners alike
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Centre on Transnational Corporations (United Nations)
Centre on Transnational Corporations (United Nations)
International business enterprises -- History
Corporate governance -- History
LAW -- International.
International business enterprises
Corporate governance
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
Author Ruffing, Lorraine Turner, author.
ISBN 9781317528289