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Corporate Accountability Dialogue

 
Leaders from Business, Government Civil Society and Academe Lay Out National Agenda for Increasing Corporate Accountability.

Jim Cooney, Joy Kennedy and Wes Cragg Aylmer, QC - A group of national leaders, drawn in relatively equal numbers from the business, government, NGO and academic sectors, along with nine international leaders on corporate responsibility and accountability met by invitation to participate in “A High-level Canadian Dialogue on Corporate, Government and Civil Society Roles in Achieving International Standards of Performance by Canadian Corporations.” The dialogue was convened by Wesley Cragg (York University), with the assistance of Joy Kennedy (KAIROS), Kernaghan Webb (Industry Canada) and Jim Cooney (Placer Dome Inc.).

The purpose of the dialogue was to explore the roles and responsibilities of the Canadian government, business, civil society and academia in a global economy and to lay the foundations of a national
Int'l Participants from GRI, UN Global Compact and AccountAbility with Gov't Officialsagenda for encouraging sound ethical standards of international business conduct at home and abroad. Participants brought to the dialogue concerns about corporate misconduct in the pursuit of profits, inadequate standards of corporate governance, growing inequity in the global distribution of economic wealth and the apparent decline in the ability and willingness of governments to legislate sound standards of corporate conduct.

Relevant national and international standards and ethics protocols were highlighted, explored and evaluated.

Emerging from this national dialogue was a broadly based consensus that Canada and Canadian corporations are well positioned to model and promote corporate responsibility and accountability, both domestically and internationally. As part of this initiative the participants also laid out a 12-point agenda for business, government, academe, and civil society to encourage increased corporate accountability.

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