A not-for-profit Future 500 initiative called the Corporate Accountability Practice, will audit Future 500 companies that participate against a market basket of corporate performance indicators of quality, workplace, community and environment. The assessment will take a 170-point inventory of corporate assets and liabilities in corporate finance, quality, accountability, responsibility, and sustainability. It will grade each company's performance, from "A" to "F," against the criteria of fourteen leading indicator systems, including the standards of President Bush, the New York Stock Exchange, Henry Paulson (CEO of Goldman Sachs), the influential Domini Social Index, Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, Global Reporting Initiative, AccountAbility 1000, Center for Corporate Citizenship, International Chamber of Commerce and former Council on Economic Priorities criteria.
The issue of information held by the private sector urgently needs to be addressed, given that much legislation on freedom of information applies only to information held by public authorities. Mechanisms for ensuring an adequate flow of information from the private sector into the public domain are essential.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.