2. THE CORPORATE BUSINESS COMMUNITY

Section 2.6 - Ethical Integrity

Principles
2.6.P.1
The company recognizes that its directors and employees have a central role in upholding the company's ethical standards and codes of conduct.

2.6.P.2
The company directly addresses issues of justice in line with criteria developed and endorsed by workers and stakeholders as an expression of its financial, social and environmental reporting.

2.6.P.3
The company, when lobbying, commits itself to uphold a consistent policy, which inter alia supports responsible environmental protection and promotes social, labour and human rights.

2.6.P.4
The company commits itself to a policy of integrating its corporate social responsibility goals into its lobbying strategy.

2.6.P.5
In its lobbying with sovereign and international authorities, the company will promote principles, legislation and rules that enhance the social, environmental and financial well being of all communities and bio-regions where they have a presence and an impact.

2.6.P.6
The company agrees not to lobby local, regional, national and international institutions to by-pass basic environmental, labour, social and human rights standards.

Criteria
2.6.C.1
The company provides training for its directors and employees regarding ethical issues, corporate social responsibility issues and codes of conduct.

2.6.C.2
The company has a mechanism to address ethical issues of concern raised by employees.

2.6.C.3
The company has in place a system of review that aligns and integrates its corporate social responsibility principles in relation to its lobbying activities at all levels.

2.6.C.4
The company establishes participatory structures representative of all stakeholders to
ensure compliance with its lobbying policy.

2.6.C.5
The companyís policy and guidelines for external and public relations direct that, in its efforts to influence favourable terms of reference with sovereign and international authorities, the company will promote principles, legislation and rules that enhance the social, environmental and financial well-being of all communities and bio-regions where they have a presence and an impact.

Bench Marks
2.6.B.1
The company ensures that employees who raise issues of concern do not suffer negative repercussions.

2.6.B.2
The company ensures that, should the mechanism fail and the employee raises the issue outside the company, there are no negative repercussions on their employment.

2.6.B.3
The company keeps a record of its lobbying activities and provides regular reports to all stakeholders.

2.6.B.4
The company, when lobbying United Nations agencies or other institutions, includes in its delegation, groups representative of non-governmental organisations and relevant government ministries.

2.6.B.5
The company is recognized by civil society organisations as a leader in securing legislation, rules and practices that enhance the social, environmental and financial well being of all communities and bio-regions where they have a presence and an impact.

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