An initiative of IBSO, the Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce is a global initiative that stands by businesses adopting sustainability and fair trade policies. The Worldwide Charter supports international businesses showcasing a particular social and environmental sensibility through following a code of conduct and a set of universal principles; reflecting the core values of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, labor conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and other internationally recognized principles.
The Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce
The Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce is an absolutely non-commercial project and 100% free for its signatories.
We welcome businesses, institutions or media outlets to join this international initiative. By joining the Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce, you can make a formal statement of support for a fair and ethical worldwide business community. As a participant, you will be listed in our online Signatories Catalogue and can display Charter Signatory logo and Signatory Certificate on your website to publicly demonstrate your commitment to responsible business practices.
We, business owners, leaders from business, international agencies and institutions, non-government and civil society organizations, academia and the media, by signing the Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce on behalf of our organizations and businesses, confirm that we agree and commit to the following principles:
1. As a minimum standard, comply with all applicable local, state, provincial and federal laws and regulations in all the countries where we operate.
2. Not sell or deal in counterfeit and pirated goods. Refrain from infringing on intellectual property or other proprietary rights owned by a third party.
3. Act with the highest ethical standards and integrity, implementing good faith and fair dealing norms and compete in a transparent and open manner with a zero tolerance on corruption.
4. Respect the relationships with contractors, partners, clients and customers. Any kind of fraud, falsifying or misrepresenting practice is unacceptable.
5. Present the organization’s financial data and non-financial information honestly, accurately and objectively.
6. Respect the cultures and customs of the countries in which the organization works by demonstrating a spirit of tolerance, integrity and social responsibility.
7. Wherever the operations are located, provide all internationally recognized human rights, a safe work environment, fair treatment and salary for all employees including the principle of “equal pay for equal work” without discrimination of any kind.
8. Take all possible measures to avoid or minimize damage to the environment and human health.
9. Take all actions necessary to comply with the requirements of this Charter. Senior management of signatories will assume the responsibility for realizing the letter and spirit of these principles.
A Brief Foreword
- Worldwide Charter Signatories List
- Worldwide Charter Application Form
The Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce Overview
The Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce is a global initiative that allows for businesses and organizations to formally proclaim their commitment to promote sustainable and positive business practices with respect to social and environmental values.
The Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce has been developed by the International Business Standards Organization (IBSO) to be a code of conduct and a set of universal principles for the international business community.
II. The Scope and Criteria
The Worldwide Charter reflects the core values of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, labor conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and internationally recognized fair dealing principles.
The Worldwide Charter principles apply primarily to the international market players. But all entrepreneurs, organizations, companies, academic and media institutions that acknowledge and support the vision, purpose and objectives of the Worldwide Charter are welcome and invited to join this international initiative.
Nevertheless, IBSO reserves the right to refuse admittance and to remove an applicant’s request in the case the applicant is involved in the production and promotion of inhumane and socially unacceptable products. This includes, but is not restricted to nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, landmines, pornographic materials, gambling, video games with highly explicit sex and violence, or is engaging in unethical business practices.
III. The Worldwide Charter Participant Fees
The Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce is an absolutely non- commercial project and 100% free for its Signatories.
The IBSO founders, members and its staff believe that the organizations which recognize the principles of the Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce should not pay any tax for striving to be among the world leaders in fair business dealings and corporate responsibility.
IV. The Governance and Interpretation
IBSO is responsible for coordinating all day-to-day activities to support the implementation and promotion of the Worldwide Charter. IBSO also reserves the right to revise the Worldwide Charter definitions without changing the 'spirit' of this document.
There are no legal or regulatory sanctions associated with the Charter, but to ensure the integrity of the Worldwide Charter, the IBSO has the right to remove a signatory for any serious violation of the Charter's principles. Participatings, by their sole discretion, may be removed from participation in the Charter by providing a written request to the IBSO Secretariat.
While it seems extraordinary, if there is any inconsistency between the requirements of this document and relevant legislation, the requirements of the legislation will prevail.
The Worldwide Charter may be translated into any other language, but only the English language version published by IBSO on www.standardizations.org/charter shall serve as the official document.
VI. Charter Commitment Submission Process
By becoming a signatory, a participant commits to adopt and implement the
Charter Principles. Accordingly, each business owner or organization’s chief executive (President,
CEO, Chairperson, etc.) – must know the Charter principles and comply with
• An authorized person, on behalf of the applicant organization, must fill out an online submission application form in order to obtain signatory status.
• The contact person will receive confirmation that the submitted application is complete and valid.
• After the application will be evaluated against the criteria, the applicant organization’s contact person will receive a Signatory Certificate and get the right to use the Charter brand and logo to demonstrate the commitment to create a positive impact on economic growth, poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and human health throughout the world.
If you have any questions regarding the commitment submission process, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Submission and Approval Process
• Being a business owner or an authorized organization’s representative, you must fill out an online submission application form on behalf of your organization;
• Once you have completed it, you will be sent an email which contains a link to confirm your application.
• The application will be evaluated, and in case of admission, you will receive a Certificate and will be granted the right to use the Charter brand and logo to demonstrate your commitment to a positive impact on economic growth, poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and human health throughout the world.