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 unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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.