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1 ISO on social responsibility FTC Conference Panel on OECD MNE Guidelines Gwenann Manseau Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce, U.S. Dept. of Commerce November 29, 2012

2 The “social responsibility” universe… Private bodies: ISO corporate codes of conduct Civil society: NGOs Labor unions Academia Governmental /International (voluntary): UN Guiding Principles OECD MNE Guidelines UN Global Compact Tripartite Declaration (ILO) Governmental (mandatory): Legal mandates on govt agencies Labor laws Civil rights laws Environmental laws International obligations under treaties, conventions: ILO… UN… Customary international law

3 ISO in brief International standard Provides guidance on social responsibility Meant to be applicable to all organizations Over 100 pages ISO Working Group made up of stakeholder groups

4 Compare to OECD MNE Guidelines Developed by private sector organization References and builds on international conventions and treaties Voluntary Can raise concerns for governments Trade issues Customary international law

5 Example: Section in consumer issues To contribute to sustainable consumption, an organization, where appropriate, should: […] provid[e] consumers with information about products and services, including on: performance, impacts on health, country of origin, energy efficiency (where applicable), contents or ingredients (including, where appropriate, use of genetically modified organisms and nanoparticles), aspects related to animal welfare (including, where appropriate, use of animal testing) and safe use, maintenance, storage and disposal of the products and their packaging…. What happens if a government makes this a mandatory requirement for all products and services?


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