social accountability

A broad range of actions, besides voting, that citizens, consumers, stockholders and organizations can use to hold bureaucrats, governments and businesses accountable regarding social, political, economic and ethical issues. For example, on an individual level, a person can choose not to knowingly purchase goods produced in prison factories. On an organizational level, a business can choose not to purchase goods produced by child labor. The topic has gained a great deal of attention with a consumer backlash against internationally well-known firms that were employing workers in developing nations at very low wages and in sub-standard working conditions. Social accountability factors include working environment, employment compliance, safety, diversity, discrimination and equal rights, human rights, community responsibility, environmental concerns, among others. See Social Accountability International, SA8000.

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