Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility: Bench Marks for Measuring Business Performance
Proponents: The Steering Group of the "Globalizing the Principles Network," established after the Hengrave Conference in 1999 that was organized by the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility of the United Kingdom (ECCR), the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility of the USA (ICCR) and the Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility of Canada (TCCR, now KAIROS-Canada). The Steering Group includes: Helga Birgden, Australia; Daniel Gennarelli, Canada; Hildebrando Vélez, Colombia; Crispin White, United Kingdom; Chan Kawai, Hong Kong, China; Jo Seoka, South Africa; and David Schilling, United States.
The proponents offer this document to groups working on corporate social responsibility, to workers and to companies seeking to respond to the challenges of doing business in the global economy in a socially responsible manner. Our long-range goal is to transform the way corporations relate to people, communities and the environment. We invite people of all faiths and beliefs to engage in and contribute to the promotion of the principles articulated in the Bench Marks. We believe the broad involvement of a variety of individuals and institutions will deepen the values of corporate responsibility and accountability that will restore human dignity, the integrity of creation and the social order.
The framework is called 'Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility: Bench Marks For Measuring Business Performance', known as Bench Marks.
In April 1999, 53 delegates from 22 countries endorsed the framework and formed an International Secretariat. The Secretariat was initially based in the United Kingdom, but at the Bench Marks 3 meeting of the Steering Committee held in Pretoria, South Africa in October 2002, it was agreed that the Secretariat be based in a south country. South Africa now hosts the International Secretariat.
In 2000 a group of Southern African delegates along with a representative of five Christian organizations formed a steering committee to launch the South Africa initiative. In March 2001, the Bench Marks Foundation was launched under the chairmanship of Bishop Jo Seoka, and inaugurated over by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.