Chapter 7

The international trade unionmovement and the new codes ofconduct


Dwight W Justice


International trade union organizations have long been concerned about the power of multinational corporations (MNCs) and were among the first to demand codes of conduct addressing the behaviour of international business. In the 1970s trade unions joined the calls for a United Nations Code of Conduct for Transnational Corporations. The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) closely followed the United Nations (UN) Commission on Transnational Corporations and provided it with expert advisors as well as detailed ...

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