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At Baruch College, May 12 – 15, 2004

Baruch College’s International Center for Corporate Accountability (ICCA) in conjunction with the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, and the World Bank Institute jointly present an international conference devoted to Voluntary Codes of Conduct for Multinational Corporations, May 12-15, 2004, at Baruch College. The conference will examine the scope and impact of voluntary corporate codes of conduct as well as their legal, ethical, and bottom-line ramifications for economic development, world poverty, and corporate business strategies. Press Coverage Invited.

As multinational corporations increasingly dominate a global economy, voluntary codes of conduct have become critical instruments of accountability for those concerned with the issues of performance, resource allocation, and social justice that arise when corporations seek profits by setting up extensive operations in the Third World.

This conference will include the perspectives of all key constituencies and stakeholders in the intensifying discussions of corporate responsibility: company managers, NGOs, shareholders, academic researchers and international human rights advocates. While focusing on ways to extend these codes, participants will address the many complex issues linked to creating an effective, quantifiable framework: monitoring and compliance verification, transparency, legal barriers, resource management, supply chains, social expectations, corporate governance, labor standards and free speech.

Executives from major companies including Citicorp, Shell Oil, The Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Freeport-McMoRan, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ford Motor Company and Nike, will detail their individual experiences with voluntary codes of conduct and provide a broad corporate perspectives on the obstacles and the benefits of developing such safeguards for corporate behavior.

Several conference sessions will be regionally focused, notably on the recent developments in India, South Africa, and, especially, China, where the dramatic impact of “outsourcing” in Guangdong province has made issues of fair labor standards, workers’ rights, and environmental impact particularly acute.

Conference presenters represent organizations as diverse as The World Bank; The Center for Corporate Behavior, Tokyo, Japan; the National University of Australia; the UN Global Compact; the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, China; the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C.; the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, Basel, Switzerland, and a score of others.

This event has been organized by S. Prakash Sethi, University Distinguished Professor at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College and the staff of the ICCA. The entire Conference takes place at the Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Ave, 14th floor, New York City. For more information or to register: (646) 312.2230; email:


Zane Berzins 212.802.2881
Vince Passaro 212.802.2916

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