Volume 16, Issue 2, April 2006
Voluntary Codes of Conduct for Multinational Corporations
Coordinating Duties of Rescue and Justice
This paper examines the extent to which the voluntary adoption of codes of conduct by multinational corporations (MNCs) renders
MNCs accountable for the performance of actions specified in a code of conduct. In particular, the paper examines the ways in which codes of conduct coordinate the expectations of relevant parties with regard to the provision of assistance by MNCs on grounds of rescue or justice. The paper argues that this coordinative role of codes of conduct renders MNCs more accountable for the performance of actions specified in a code of conduct than they would be without a code of conduct. This interpretation of the significance of codes of conduct is contrasted with the view that codes of conduct render MNCs accountable for performing actions specified in a code of conduct by grounding contractual obligations for the performance of such actions.
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