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01-HR2782 on Aug 2, 2001

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: requiring Code of Conduct for US corporations abroad
Source: Corporate Code of Conduct Act (H.R.2782)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: Requires any national of the United States that employs more than 20 persons in a foreign country, either directly or through subsidiaries or licensees, to take the necessary steps to implement a Corporate Code of Conduct with respect to the employment of those persons.

EXCERPTS OF CONGRESSIONAL FINDINGS:

    The Congress finds the following:
  1. On 1/31/1999, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan challenged world business leaders to 'embrace and enact' the Global Compact, an agreement that asks corporations to protect human rights, labor rights, and the environment.
  2. In a recent poll, 88% of the respondents agreed that 'American companies that operate in other countries should be expected to abide by US environmental standards.'.
  3. The European Parliament has passed a European Code of Conduct calling for European businesses to abide by European Union laws in operations outside of Europe.
  4. The protests in 2000 against the WTO in Seattle, and the World Bank and IMF in Washington, D.C., demonstrate a growing constituency against the unregulated expansion of globalization.
  5. Unfortunately, too many US businesses with operations abroad are notorious for their blatant disregard for the well being of the citizens of their host nations who are employees of the businesses.
    CORPORATE CODE OF CONDUCT
  1. Provide a safe and healthy workplace.
  2. Ensure fair employment, including the prohibition of the use of child and forced labor, the prohibition of discrimination, the right to bargain collectively, and the payment of a living wage to all workers.
  3. Prohibit mandatory overtime work by employees under the age of 18.
  4. Prohibit the practice of pregnancy testing of employees.
  5. Comply with minimum international human rights standards.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to House Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade; never came to a vote.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 14. Question 14: Maintain US sovereignty from UN Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Corporations
  • Headline: Require Code of Conduct for US corporations abroad (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill on Code of Conduct for US corporations abroad (Score: -2)

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Democrats participating in 01-HR2782

Neil Abercrombie s1oHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
David Bonior s1oMichigan Democrat 
Corrine Brown s1oFlorida Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Julia Carson s1oIndiana Former Dem. (Deceased 2008) 
John Conyers s1oMichigan Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Danny Davis s1oIllinois Democrat 
Peter Defazio s1oOregon Democrat 
Lane Evans s1oIllinois Democrat 
Bob Filner s1oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Earl Hilliard s1oAlabama Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Jesse Louis Jackson s1oIllinois Democrat (Resgined 2013) 
Marcy Kaptur s1oOhio Democrat 
Dennis Kucinich s1oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Cynthia McKinney s2pGeorgia Democrat 
David Phelps s1oIllinois Democrat 
Hilda Solis s1oCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
Pete Stark s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Bennie Thompson s1oMississippi Democrat 
Mel Watt s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Lynn Woolsey s1oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 



Republicans participating in 01-HR2782



Independents participating in 01-HR2782

Bernie Sanders s1oVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 25
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1


















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