Setting New Global Rules? Tncs and Codes of Conduct

Transnational Corporations, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 1-27, 2005

27 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2006

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Ans Kolk

University of Amsterdam Business School

Rob van Tulder

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Abstract

The introduction of codes of conduct can be seen as an expression of corporate social responsibility, but also as rule-setting behavior - attempts to help fill some of the existing international institutional voids. To shed light on these aspects and the (potential) effectiveness of codes, this article examines trends in the adoption and contents of codes of conduct introduced to regulate the behaviour of international business. Using the evidence obtained over the years, it presents an overview of the state of current knowledge on international social responsibility codes, and indicates areas for further research, management and policy attention. It also deals with the definition and types of codes, the background and dynamics of the code movement, the contents of codes and their compliance likelihood, issues regarding implementation and effectiveness, and next steps that can be taken to obtain further insight.

Keywords: multinational corporations, codes of conduct, social responsibility, coffee, NGOs, international organizations, business associations, self-regulation

JEL Classification: F23, G38, M14

Suggested Citation

Kolk, Ans and van Tulder, Rob J.M., Setting New Global Rules? Tncs and Codes of Conduct. Transnational Corporations, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 1-27, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=894322

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