Business, trade and global resources.
Is this a sustainable system? We need to recognize the failure of fundamental systems, and to abandon the notion that what there is to do is recalibrate the institutions that structure our lives today. We need to realize that the way we thought things would work out truly is gone. Capitalism is at the core of this unsustainable system. It gives rise to the high-energy/mass-consumption configuration of privileged societies. We must set-up measures to stop speculators from benefiting from the misery of others, by punishing corrupt politicians, and by collectively understanding that bankers are rich because we have placed our money in their hands. Ultimately, unless we begin to see the world as a whole, in which things are truly interconnected, our governments will continue their hostilities, oil resources will keep on decreasing, and when the time comes for us to complain, we will be faced with the guns of the police whom we have helped to create with the payment of our taxes.
- groundwater contamination,
- high levels of toxicity,
- topsoil loss,
- widening inequality in the world,
- the intensity of the violence and social chaos,
- war over oil and gas, and water,
- extensive and destructive forest fires and weather systems,
- floods, and
- the desperation that so many feel at every level of society.
a. Ensure that communities at all levels are guaranteed global rights and fundamental freedoms and provide everyone an opportunity to realize his or her full potential.For the first time in human history, and the first time this millennium, Global Civilization has proposed a benchmark:
b. Promote social and economic justice, enabling all to achieve a secure and meaningful livelihood that is ecologically responsible.
c. Educate children to understand a broad panorama of human truths ~ all those universal needs and rights every one shares within Global Civilization.
d. Establish the Scale of Global Rights has an inner truth and the benchmark of the millennium in how we see all values.
e. Guarantee that the Earth Court of Justice will bring security, peace and Justice for all. We will no longer fear the unknown as Justice is for everyone and is everywhere, a universal constant.
* formation of global ministries in all important aspects of our lives;
* the Scale of Global Rights as a replacement to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ;
* an evolved democracy based on Global Civilization principles and values;
* a central organization for the restoration of the planet and Earth governance: Global Civilization;
* the Earth Court of Justice to deal with all aspects of the governance and mangement of the Earth;
* a new impetus given to the way of doing business and trade ;
* more new, diversified (geographical, economical, political, social, business, religious) symbiotical relationships between nations, communities, businesses, for the good and well-being of all;
* proposal to reform the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, the IMF, NAFTA, FTAA, and to centralize them under Global Civilization, and these organizations will be asked to pay a global tax to be administered by Global Civilization;
* the Peace Movement of Global Civilization and shelving of the war industry from humanity;
* a global regulatory framework for capitals and corporations that emphasizes global corporate ethics , corporate social responsibility, protection of global rights, the environment, community and family aspects, safe working conditions, fair wages and sustainable consumption aspects;
* the ruling by the Earth Court of Justice on the abolishment of the debt of the developing nations as it was really a form of global tax to be paid annually by the rich or industrialized nations to the developing nations; and
* establishing freshwater and clean air as primordial human rights .
"a sound balance among the interactions of the impacts (positive and/or negative), or stresses, on the four major quality systems: People, Economic Development, Environment and Availability of Earth Resources"with the idea that free trade and the planetary trading blocks are serving Global Civilization and not the other way around for self-interests and the benefits of a few people on Earth, and that will bring into being a sound sustainable development within Global Civilization. Earth management includes the entire cycle of doing things. When we do exploration work, develop, manufacture, produce, mine, farm or create a product, we become legally and morally responsible and accountable of the product from beginning to end (to the point where it actually becomes a waste; we are also responsible for the proper disposable of the waste). This product may be anything and everything from oil & gas, weapons, war products, construction products, transportation and communications products and equipment, to genetically engineered food products. All consumer products! All medical products! All pharmaceutical products! In order words, a person (a person may be an individual, a community, a government, a business, an NGO, or an institution) becomes responsible and accountable for anything and everything in his or her Life.
* Be concerned with issues such as climate change, bio-diversity, pollution prevention and adopt high standards;
* Minimize environmental degradation and health impacts;
* Be responsible for the environmental impact of its products and services throughout their cycle;
* Adopt a wide environmental code, and policies, health and safety practices and procedures aimed at reducing resource and energy use in each stage of a product or service life-cycle;
* Set up appropriate management systems to implement policies;
* Conduct annual checks and balances and provide reports to the community;
* Respect the political jurisdiction of national communities;
* Respect human rights, social and cultural rights ;
* Recognize its political and economic impact on local communities;
* Contribute to the long-term social, cultural, environmental and economic sustainability of the local communities;
* Respect the rights of indigenous peoples, their culture and land, and their religious and social customs; provide employment and training opportunities ;
* Ensure that each employee is treated with respect and dignity and is not subjected to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse;
* Respect employees' right to freedom of association, labour organization, and free collective bargaining;
* Provide equal pay for work of equal value;
* Recognize the responsibilities of all workers to their families, and provide for maternity leave, and paternity leave;
* Ensure that their be no barriers to the full participation of women within the company;
* Participate in the creation of child care centres and centres for the elderly and persons with disabilities where appropriate;
* Ensure no discrimination on grounds of race, ethnicity, or culture;
* Ensure that persons with disabilities who apply for jobs with the company receive fair treatment and are considered solely on their ability to do the job; provide resources and facilities which enable them to achieve progression in employment in the company;
* Provide training to all employees to conduct their activities in an environmentally responsible manner;
* Work with organizations concerned with children's rights, human rights and labour rights to ensure that young workers are not exploited;
* Ensure that a mechanism is in place to address ethical issues of concern raised by employees;
* Make sure that the company's policies balance the interests of managers, shareholders, employees, and other affected parties;
* Adhere to international standards and protocols relevant to its products and services;
* Adopt marketing practices which protect consumers and ensure the safety of all products;
* Conduct or support research on the environmental impacts of raw materials, products, processes, emissions and wastes associates with the company and on the means of minimizing such adverse impacts;
* Make a sustainable use of renewable natural resources such as water, soils and forests;
* Conserve non-renewable natural resources through efficient use and careful planning; and
* Conserve energy and improve energy efficiency of internal operations and of the goods and services being sold.
* Fair to the well-being of others;Consumers' rights impinge on the rights of other people living in Global Community . The right to choice is the consumer right that refers to the right to have a range and variety of goods and services at competitive, fair prices and variable, satisfactory quality. In order to assure choice in the developed country markets, governments have implemented trade laws to facilitate cross border transactions and transnational corporations (TNCs) have set up business off shore so they can lessen the cost of the production process. The goods that are available in the developed country markets are provided by slave labour, child labour, sweatshops or in countries that allow the TNCs to forego adhering to pollution or ecological concerns and global rights in pursuit of profit. Labour rights are abused in efforts to earn more profits. This leads to abhorrent working conditions, job insecurity and low living standards (all global rights). Consumers in developed countries have been socialized to want more and more things to consume but have not been socialized to appreciate the impact of their consumption choices on the human rights of other people; that is, they are not being responsible for their decisions.
* Socially responsible and sustainable to future generations;
* In line with the universal values of Global Civilization; and
* In line with human rights and responsibilities.
* global dynamics, the state of the planet, and the differences of other cultures;Consumers operate in an impersonal market economy where they make choices unburdened by guilt or social obligations; they just have to be able to pay. But a typical global community consumer see himself/herself as part of a larger whole that is affected by a collectivity of individual consumption decisions and has to question the global integrity of purchasing a product, and will decide not to purchase at all if the integrity is being challenged. Free trade encourages countries to change their economic infrastructures to be in line with the free trade policies of the World Trade Organization(WTO). Many member countries have already prioritised economic growth over social, environmental and human rights aspects. The WTO, foreign corporations and world business leaders claim that free trade brings sweeping democracy to all. They claim trade globalization is a forerunner of democracy in nations where it is non-existent. Global Civilization does not believe that democracy will automatically succeed in a global free market. In fact, free trade is itself a flagrant abuse of democracy.
* the impact of consumption and production on the environment;
* notions of voluntary simplicity and conservation;
* the consequences of resource management decisions;
* a sustainable life style;
* the impacts of new and different technologies;
* the impacts of economic development on the integrity of both developed and developing local indigenous communities, infrastructures and natural environments;
* the impacts on human rights, political stability, societal well-being, cultural sustainability, familial well-being, quality of life and standards of living of other nations; and
* the impacts of a decision made by a family living in developed country to consume a particular good on the household subsistence, production and community activity of a family living in a developing country; and be aware if that decision would affect poverty, potable water, food diversity, arable land, security from war, education, communications.
1. degradation of the environment through resource extraction;Global Civilization is interested to enact renewable energy policies that:
2. air, soil, and water pollution;
3. acid rain;
4. biodiversity loss;
5. fuelling of the war industry, and therefore a threat to peace and Earth security and, in consequences, a threat to the global life-support systems;
6. global economic losses due to natural disasters are in line with events anticipated as a result of global warming;
7. nuclear power is one of the most expensive means of generating electricity and is responsible for nuclear accidents, weapons proliferation, and nuclear waste problems;
8. political, economic and military conflicts over limited resources such as oil and fresh water become more important as demand increases;
9. reliance on fossil fuels create less jobs; renewables create four times more jobs; and
10. fossil fuels do not bring electricity in many developing countries but renewables can; no electricity means no access to education, clean water, improved health care, communications, and entertainment.
a) are consistent and long-term to allow industries and markets to adjust;Global consumption is a very important aspect of sustainable development. Consumers should be concerned with the impact of their decisions on the environment but also on the lives, human rights and well-being of other people. Since one of the key functions of families as a social institution is to engage in production (selling their labour in return for wages) and consumption (using those wages to buy goods and services), then the role of families has impacts on sustainable consumption and development.Just as corporations have social responsibilities and so do consumers in societies. Consumers are socialized to improve the quality of their lives.
b) provide access to the electric grid ;
c) educate and inform the public;
d) encourage individual and cooperative ownership of projects;
e) establish standards; and
f) incorporate all costs in the price of energy sources.