Global Compact Membership and the Automobile Industry

Global Compact Membership and the Automobile Industry

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The Global Compact (GC) is a multistakeholder initiative that was introduced in 1999 by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The initiative aims at filling the governance void of the global economy. While 47% of the 2659 participating companies are based in Europe, U.S. American companies constitute only 3% of the business participants. This book analyzes reasons for joining or not joining the Global Compact. Six determinants are used to analyze a company's decision to join or not to join the initiative; they are the consumer's, employee's, and shareholder's expectations, the feasability of the Compact's requirements, the company's world view regarding the United Nations as well as Corporate Social Responsibility, and, finally, the CEO's information regarding litigation risk. In addition, companies' compliance with the Global Compact's principles or alternative initiatives is assessed by using a compliance model taken from IR theory.The Escape hybrid system is said to be among the most advanced available on the market. It can switeh automatically between pure electric power, pure gasoline engine power, or a combination of electric battery ... Concerning social issues, particularly human rights, Ford adopted a company code of conduct, the so-called aquot;Code of Basic Working Conditionsaquot; in May 2003. ... outside the Ford value chain to fully participate from the outset in the development of policy (Ford 2001:10).

Title:Global Compact Membership and the Automobile Industry
Author:Oliver Ziegler
Publisher:VDM Publishing - 2008


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