4. RESPECT FOR UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS

FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AT WORK

1. Is there effective awareness within the business community of fundamental rights at work?

2. Does the business community promote respect for Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (emphasizing the effective abolition of child labour, the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour, the elimination of discrimination, rights to freedom of association, and recognition of collective bargaining) in national debates?

RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS CONDUCT

3. Is there an enabling environment which clearly defines the respective roles of government and business; promotes dialogue on norms for business conduct; and supports private initiatives for responsible business conduct?

4. Is there awareness amongst business leadership of enterprises' important role alongside other actors in contributing to the development of the communities in which it operates?

5. Does the EO clearly promote the message that its members must operate within an environment that guarantees values such as freedom, equality, justice, and respect for the rule of law?

EXPECTATIONS ON BUSINESS

6. Are there too many 'social expectations' on business?

7. Are there examples of what is the traditional role and functions of government being taken on by enterprises (e.g. non-profit provision of basic services)?

  • If so, is this done in partnership with government or as a unilateral initiative?
  • Are there any noticeable trends in this respect?

8. Many enterprises are active in working with suppliers to ensure that their products/services are produced in a manner consistent with local law and their own values. Are there examples whereby that engagement has made them "responsible" for the enforcement of national legal systems?