Below are some resources for companies wanting to establish their own guidelines and check on social responsibility of partners and suppliers, as well as for consumers.
Summary of letter from Executive Director of Amnesty International to a company doing business in China.
Declaration of Human Rights
Full text of the resolution adopted by the General Assembly on December 10, 1948.
United Nations Declaration of Human Rights Simplified
BBC summary, in plain language, of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
Six of the original nine principles relate to business practices in the areas of human rights and labor. The other three relate to business practices as they affect the environment. A tenth principle, relating to corruption, has been added.
Another complicated issue addressed by the United Nations Global Compact is that of sustainable supply chains. Tracing and addressing human rights, labor, environmental, and other ethical issues throughout the supply chain of a large company is a difficult and time-consuming but crucial task. This U.N. website tries to improve the efficiency of doing so by describing initiatives, resources, tools, and real life examples to help companies undertake the task. "The information is searchable by issue area (human rights, labour, environment, anti-corruption), industry sector, region and practice category." Companies can register on the site to share information.
Companies that don't test on animals
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) list of companies that do not test on animals. Be aware that many products that are not tested on animals do contain animal ingredients (see below, Animal ingredients and their alternatives).
Companies that test on animals
PETA list of companies that do test on animals.
PETA list of many of the animal ingredients found in cosmetics, etc. Especially valuable for enabling consumers to recognize animal ingredients whose names often give no clue they come from animals. Quite often these ingredients are found in products from companies that do not test on animals.
Standard of Compassion for Animals
Explanation of the Leaping Bunny logo, which signifies cosmetic, personal care, and household products that were developed without animal testing at any stage.
NEW: Chinese Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs Green Choice Alliance, English language version. Addresses the extremely complex issues of global supply chain transparency and standards. The Institute provides a wealth of information for both corporations and consumers, such as:
- Guide to the Removal of Corporate Supervision Records
- Green stocks
- Company ratings
- NGO Partners
Energy Star Performance Indicators for Industrial Plants, a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Plants that score high within their industry and satisfy environmental guidelines are eligible for Energy Star Certification.
CERES Coalition of Investors and Environmentalists
Affirms efforts to promote sustainable business practices that reduce harm to the environment and health and safety hazards to humans. Compliance is voluntary and self-monitored, but publicly disclosed.
See description above, under Human Rights.