Voluntary Industry Codes of Conduct for the Environment - Technical Report Series No. 40 (Paperback)United Nations Environment Programme (author)
Paperback Published: 01/05/1999
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Voluntary codes of conduct can be an important policy tool for improving industry's environmental performance. They can also be an important tool for industry to demonstrate that they are managing their operations in a manner that will enhance economic growth, ensure environmental protection and address social concerns. This is what is now meant by the term "responsible entrepreneurship" - a term originally put forward in Agenda 21. This book has been developed to: provide guidance to industry associations, governments and others on how to develop and use voluntary codes; demonstrate what can be achieved by providing real examples from leading voluntary codes; and identify how voluntary codes can be used as a tool to contribute to sustainable development. The book provides a broad perspective of voluntary codes, discussing what they can and cannot do, stressing the need for government regulations as a necessary adjunct to voluntary agreements. The range of different types of industry codes are described and the ultimate role of companies in implementing them is emphasized. The book also outlines five critical aspects for making voluntary codes effective in improving industry's environmental performance. These are: commitment; content; collaboration; check; and communicate.
Publisher: United Nations Environment Programme
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