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Global Sullivan Principles

  • By: Gwendolyn Yvonne Alexis
  • In: Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Nevin Cohen & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Sustainability, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

The Global Sullivan Principles (GSP) arguably constitute the best-known template for addressing social responsibility within a business organization's governance documents, codes of conduct, and operating procedures. Based on the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights, GSP promote the adoption of just and equitable policies for all affected by an organization's activities. They extend corporate responsibility beyond mere respect for the law to responsibility for community well-being, which is a key sustainability practice. GSP take their name from Leon H. Sullivan, a civil rights leader who rose to international prominence by waging a campaign encouraging U.S. corporations operating in South Africa to stand in opposition to that country's oppressive racial policies.

Born in 1922 and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Rev. Sullivan became pastor of ...

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