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Fw: Interest Grows in Worldwide Ethical Business Standard



This is an interesting development but raises my own concern about
proliferating standards. Its not clear how this proposed ethical biz
standard differs from the SA 8000 standard for Social Accountability, which
I have seen implemented recently in Asian textile firms concerned about
their reputation re labor issues. I have met several business managers who
are starting to get quite hostile to orgs that are promoting yet more
standards they are supposed to "voluntarily" comply to.  FYI.

Burt Hamner
www.cleanerproduction.com


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> INTEREST GROWS IN WORLDWIDE ETHICAL BUSINESS STANDARD
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> Several Japanese companies are beginning to follow the ethics
> compliance management system standard named ECS2000.  It and
> other additions to the rapidly expanding area of ethical corporate
> behavior, such as the draft Israeli standard SI 10000 for social
> responsibility and community involvement, are fueling broader
> efforts to investigate the practicality of a common, worldwide
> business ethics guideline.  The idea is to mimic the approach
> used for existing environmental and quality management by the
> International Organization for Standardization, the voluntary,
> global federation of standards-writing experts from 141 countries.
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> ECS2000 is based on a model called PDCA, which stands for
> plan-do-check-act.  Like all PDCA-type standards, ECS2000 does not
> lay down very many specific requirements.  Instead, organizations must
> develop an ethics policy statement of their own design and disclose
> it to the public.  They must produce documents related to the policy,
> such as a code of ethics, a compliance manual, and internal rules
> to ensure that the management system functions well.  They need
> implementation plans covering training, auditing, reporting, and
> various means to resolve inconsistencies turned up by internal
> audits.  Companies adhering to ECS2000 are asked to allocate
> appropriate resources sufficient to administer the ethics management
> system effectively.
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> The standard resulted from project at Japan's Reitaku University.
> ECS2000 is available in English on the Web site of Cutter Information
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> The Standards Institution of Israel (SII) draft document is on the Web
> at http://www.ansi.org/public/news/2001may/socialresponsibility.pdf .
> In addition to requirements for continuous improvement similar to those
> in ECS2000, SI 10000 has some unique features.  For example, it
> requires top management to be involved in community activity, and
> employees must be evaluated according to their involvement in
> such affairs.
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> The wisdom of giving ISO a green light to start drafting a voluntary
> international ethical business management standard is under debate.
> The Office of Consumer Affairs of the government of Canada is
> facilitating the discussion forum on behalf of an ISO working group
> on consumer protection in the global market.
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