How the Certification Revolution is Transforming Global Corporations

With Michael Conroy

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM


Author Michael Conroy will discuss Branded!, his new book on certification schemes and their effect on global corporations.

Making responsible social and environmental choices has not always been a first priority for many corporations, but recent history has changed all that. Small-but-mighty NGOs, using twenty-first century global communications, are nipping at the heels of corporations caught in unethical and irresponsible practices.

NGO market campaigns are moving these companies toward the higher standard now demanded by their clients, their consumers, and society as a whole. The lever that moves these giants is the risk of destroying their carefully built brands if they fail to recognize their moral liability and clean up their practices.

Branded! outlines the ability of NGOs to affect corporate markets. It shows how the development of certification systems for corporate social and environmental practices has created some intriguing questions:
  • Why are retail giants paying premiums for ethically-produced products and not overcharging their customers?
  • How have NGOs gained such power and credibility?
  • What are the challenges of these new modes of corporate accountability for both NGOs and corporations?
  • What are the unexpected opportunities for newly accountable corporations?

Policy Innovations
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
170 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065-7478

(212) 838-4120
(212) 752-2432 - Fax

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External Web Link: Branded! from New Society Publishers (Opens a New Window)

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