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30 July 2008 12:14

Gary has this reply to our New Voices thread.

I agree with guest blogger Dr Edward Morgan’s contention that CSR needs a set of widely adopted global standards. In fact, much of the work is well underway. Dr Morgan should become familiar with the standards explicitly stated by the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). There is little room for equivocation in these standards, and leading companies world wide are adopting them on an accelerated basis. I can attest that real policy changes have followed within the membership of these organizations.

Dr Morgan urges business leaders to act before the regulatory agencies do. In fact, member companies of both GeSI and EICC have done so, exerting influence on their respective supply chains and their own organizations to act far ahead of most local regulations. The guidelines and codes of conduct promulgated by GeSI and EICC are self regulatory, provide for external audits, and embrace dialogue with all stakeholders (including the Catholic Charities organization).

I would urge Dr Morgan and your readers to visit EICC and GeSI  to appreciate that much of what Dr Morgan calls for is already well underway. The questions we face today is how to sustain these policies, how to obtain acknowledgement of them from local governments who are sometimes at odds with the policies, and how to accelerate wider spread implementation and adoption. To those ends, Dr Morgan’s voice would be very welcome.

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