Corporate accountability is a keyword in the process of the application of labour standards respecting the fundamental workers rights. The international Labour Organization sets Core labour Standards as the freedom of association, the abolition of forced labour, equal employment and remuneration and the elimination of child labour.
Generally, International Framework Agreements-negociated between transnational companies and trade unions-reconise these standards. Whereas, Codes of Conduct as unilateral initiatives not necessarily reconise all Core Labour Standards, but often are just instruments for PR or marketing purposes.
The overall problem is the assessment of all these agreements as long as they are voluntary. It is the right way we go or to these agreements reduce the pressure from transnational companies to acknowledge and implement binding rules?
Another question we have to pose is which ways and means there are to monitor the compliance of the agreements by the companies.