Principles for Business
Note: This page maintains the previous version of the "CRT Principles for Business" with translations into various languages. For the current re-formatted version (March 2009), please click here.
The Caux Round Table believes that the world business community should play an important role in improving economic and social conditions. Through an extensive and collaborative process in 1994, business leaders developed the CRT Principles for Business to embody the aspiration of principled business leadership.
The CRT Principles for Business are a worldwide vision for ethical and responsible corporate behavior and serve as a foundation for action for business leaders worldwide. As a statement of aspirations, The CRT Principles aim to express a world standard against which business behavior can be measured.
The Caux Round Table has sought to begin a process that identifies shared values, reconciles differing values, and thereby develops a shared perspective on business behavior acceptable to and honored by all.
These principles are rooted in two basic ethical ideals: kyosei and human dignity. The Japanese concept of kyosei means living and working together for the common good enabling cooperation and mutual prosperity to coexist with healthy and fair competition. "Human dignity" refers to the sacredness or value of each person as an end, not simply as a mean to the fulfillment of others' purposes or even majority prescription.
The CRT has provided a statement of guidance to supplement the CRT Principles for Business with respect to employees. Concern for employee well-being is the proper standard for responsible businesses to adopt. Read more on the "Guidelines For Management and Employees - People, Performance, Well-Being" (20kB )
The Caux Round Table (CRT) in partnership with a development team from The Global Leadership Commonwealth (GLC) now offers a unique assessment of individual preferences in taking ethical action in business and government. The assessment instrument is called the Ethical Leadership Profile, or “ELP”. You can find your personal preference for decision-making styles by taking the ELP. Read more under our Toolkit section by clicking here.
* This page maintains the previous version of the "CRT Principles for Business" with translations into various languages. For the current re-formatted version (March 2009), please click here.