Ethics International is dedicated to the belief that corporations
should exist to serve the broad society, not a privileged few. This
is why our founding fathers, who had great distrust of large
corporations like the East India Tea Company and Hudson Bay Company,
endorsed the idea of temporarily chartering companies to serve the
public good, then de-chartering them when their work was complete.
Unfortunately, whenever a few wealthy and powerful individuals come
together for purposes of increasing their wealth and power, they
threaten the health and proper function of a true democracy. This is
exactly what happened in the two centuries since our inception.
have gained immense rights that were never intended for them and in
the process they have used the resultant wealth to exert influence
over who we elect and how they govern. We are no longer truly a
democracy as much as we are a corporatocracy, or in the classic
terminology, a plutocracy. This is why our mission is to bring
corporations back in service to and under the control of the
citizenry. We believe that a strong corporate campaign NGO community
is vital to this mission, and this is why we have positioned
ourselves at the center of this movement.
projects purposefully complement each other to feed a larger
movement. The Strategic Corporate Initiative is intended to help
chart a course for the next 20 years so that we did not lose site of
the core changes that needed to happen to bring corporations back
under control. The Business Ethics Network is intended to build the
capacity of corporate campaign organizations by providing constant
education, networking and collaborative opportunities, assistance
with staff training and development, and fund raising. And campaigns
like the Big Box Campaign and the Tar Sand Oil Campaign are
specifically aimed at core industries whose transformation could
completely transform the way business does business. Walmart, for
example, has over 100,000 suppliers who will adopt whatever
environmental and human rights standards Walmart dictates. When we
influence Walmart, we change the marketplace.
Ethics International’s mission is to bring corporations back in
service to and under the control of the citizenry.