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The Contribution of the UN Global Compact towards the Compliance of International Regimes: A Comparative Study of Businesses from the USA, Mozambique, United Arab Emirates and Germany

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The article summarises the findings of a broader research on the voluntary Global Compact, proposed by then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The Global Compact defines four different areas of international standardshuman rights, labour standards, environment, and anticorruptionthat businesses should apply in their operations. The research includes case studies of two OECD countries and two non-OECD countries in which Global Compact networks have been established. It shows that the Global Compact plays an important role in setting standards for appropriate behaviour of businesses, especially in non-OECD countries. In particular, multinational companies with direct consumer contact use the resources offered by the Global Compact to avoid violations of international standards in their outsourced operations in developing countries. However, the Global Compact cannot fill the governance gap resulting from problems linked to the resource curse and/or to failed states. Although the Global Compact is a learning network, over the years all necessary elements to promote compliance were added. Nevertheless, the results of this study indicate that there is a lack of consistency regarding the application of some of these elements.
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  • The Journal of Corporate Citizenship focuses explicitly on integrating theory about corporate citizenship with management practice. This means that the journal provides a forum in which the tensions and practical realities of making corporate citizenship real are addressed in a reader-friendly, yet conceptually and empirically rigorous format. The Journal of Corporate Citizenship aims to publish the best ideas integrating the theory and practice of corporate citizenship in a format that is readable, accessible, engaging, interesting and useful for readers in business, consultancy, government, NGOs and academia. This peer-reviewed journal encourages practical, theoretically sound, and (when relevant) empirically rigorous manuscripts that address real-world implications of corporate citizenship in global and local contexts.
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