Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney Introduces Landmark
Corporate Code of Conduct Act
"No more corporate welfare for
June 7, 2000
Washington, D.C.- Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney introduced the
Corporate Code of Conduct Act. This bill will establish strict guidelines
for corporations in terms of Labor Rights, Human Rights and environmental
protection based on US and internationally recognized standards.
"If we are to learn anything from the China debate, or the recent
protests in Washington and Seattle, it is the need for the protection
of US values throughout the world. It is time we reclaim the global
economy for the people who make it work, and stop pandering to corporate
interests who build their empires on the backs of the innocent."
The legislation rewards corporations that abide by the Corporate
Code of Conduct by giving them preference for government contracts,
and withdraws taxpayer-financed assistance to corporations and holds
them liable in US courts if they are in violation of the Code.
"This legislation will allow us all to put our money where our
professed values are: fair trade, democracy, respect for workers,
sensible environmental standards, and no child labor. I believe
that our corporations can export freedom, prosperity, equality,
and justice; and our bill, the Corporate Code of Conduct Act, will
ensure that they do." McKinney concluded.