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Values-Conscious Business

“If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.”

- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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Bridging the business-spirituality gap

Global initiatives

Below are a wide range of initiatives to support a conscious integration of ethics, values, and a sense of social responsibility into business life.

Global accountability standards  top^

AccountAbility

The series (AA1000) of standards for sustainability, or non-financial auditing and assurance, and a leading standard for stakeholder engagement. Hundreds of organizations now use the Series to guide their practices.
Website, linked 08/16
http://www.accountability.org/

Business Ethics Pledge

An initiative to get 25,000 business leaders to make a commitment to a code of business ethics based on honesty, integrity, and quality and change society by creating a critical mass that embraces the idea that high ethical standards are not only possible, but actually more profitable.
Website, linked 08/16
http://site.business-ethics-pledge.org/

Business Social Compliance Initiative

The broadest business-driven platform for the improvement of social compliance in all supplier countries and for all consumer goods. Membership currently comprises 104 members, mainly retailers, industry and importing companies from 10 European countries.
BSCI website, linked 08/16
http://www.bsci-intl.org/

Principles for Business

Launched in 1994, the Caux Round Table (CRT) Principles for Business are a worldwide vision for ethical and responsible corporate behavior and serve as a foundation for action for business leaders worldwide. Available in 10 languages.
CRT website, linked 08/16
http://www.cauxroundtable.org/index.cfm?&menuid=8

Social Accountability (SA8000) Standard

Published in late 1997 and revised in 2001, the SA8000 Standard and verification system is a credible, comprehensive and efficient tool for assuring humane workplaces. It covers child labor, forced labor, health & safety, freedom of association & right to collective bargaining, discrimination, discipline, working hours, compensation, and management systems.
Social Accountability International website, linked 08/16
http://www.sa-intl.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=473

UN Global Compact

A framework for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. As the world's largest, global corporate citizenship initiative, the Global Compact is first and foremost concerned with exhibiting and building the social legitimacy of business and markets.
Website, linked 08/16
http://www.globalcompact.org/AboutTheGC/TheTenPrinciples/index.html

Global action initiatives  top^

Awakening the Dreamer Initiative

A symposium focused on environmental sustainability, spiritual fulfillment, and social justice that can be accessed by scrolling down on 'useful links' and then choosing 'Awakening the Dreamer Symposium.'
John Renesch website, linked 08/16
http://renesch.com/links/

Beijing Declaration Platform for Action

An inter-governmental plan to implement the Beijing Declaration from the Fourth World Conference on Women by addressing existing constraints and obstacles to enhancing the advancement and empowerment of women all over the world, with an agreement that this requires urgent action in the spirit of determination, hope, cooperation and solidarity.
UN website, linked 08/16
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/beijing/platform/index.html

Caux Initiatives for Business (CIB)

An Initiatives of Change program in which business leaders, young professionals, NGO representatives, trade unionists, experts and decision makers are encouraged to work together to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of values in everyday life.
CRT website, linked 08/16
http://www.cauxbusiness.net/

Compassionate Listening Project

Teaches powerful skills for peacemaking in families, communities, on the job, and in social change work locally and globally.
Website, linked 08/16
http://www.compassionatelistening.org/

Hope in the Cities

Hope in the Cities is an interracial, multi-faith network providing a framework to connect communities across traditional barriers.
I of C Website, linked 08/16
http://www.hopeinthecities.org/home

Images and Voices of Hope (IVOH)

A global dialogue dedicated to strengthening the role of media as agents of world benefit by connecting journalists, artists, and media professionals who understand their work in media as a way to give societies hope for the future.
Website, linked 08/16
http://ivoh.org/dev/

Imagine Europe

A project of the European SPES Forum and the Ryckevelde Foundation in cooperation with local partners to give a voice to youngsters in redefining the soul (the mission and identity) of Europe.
European SPES website, linked 08/16
http://www.spes-forum.be/spes/page.php?LAN=N&TID=1&ID=942&FILE=agendadetail

Initiatives of Change

An international network that works towards healing the wounds of history through initiatives such as Agenda for Reconciliation for peace-building; Hope in the Cities working for racial justice and healing; Foundations for Freedom, a training program in values for democracy; and Caux Initiatives for Business.
CRT website, linked 06/16
http://www.caux.ch/

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs to 10 December, Human Rights Day. This 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
UN website, linked 08/16
http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/

One Percent for the Planet

A growing global movement of over 900 companies that donate 1% of their sales to over 1,500 environmental organizations worldwide as a part of using market forces to drive positive environmental change.
Conscious Business Center website, linked 08/16
http://onepercentfortheplanet.org/

UN Millennium Development Goals

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.
Website, linked 08/16
http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

Global declarations and conventions  top^

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly and often described as an international bill of rights for women, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women ("...any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field") and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.
UN website, linked 08/16
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/

Declaration Toward a Global Ethic

Signed at the Parliament of the World's Religions gathering in 1993 by more than 200 leaders from 40+ different faith traditions and spiritual communities (and thousands more since then), the Declaration establishes a common ground for people of faith to agree and to cooperate for the good of all.
PWR website, linked 08/16
http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/content/toward-global-ethic-initial-declaration

Earth Charter Initiative

A declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society for the 21st century. Created by global civil society, endorsed by thousands of organizations and institutions, the Charter is not only a call to action, but a motivating force inspiring change the world over.
Website, linked 08/16
http://www.earthcharter.org/

Istanbul Declaration on Globalisation for the Common Good

Adopted in 2007 by participants in the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative, meeting in Istanbul.
Globalisation for the Common Good website, linked 08/16
http://www.gcgi.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=72&Itemid=76

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

UN Resolution 61/295 adopted September 13, 2007.
UN website, linked 08/16
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Adopted and proclaimed by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948, along with a call to all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories." It is available in over 335 languages from this website.
UN website, linked 08/16
http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

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Friday, July 21, 2017