Readers' Guide Comment on "Global Business Oath, which is intended to be a modern day Hippocratic Oath for business that spells out a commitment to doing no harm through the practice of management"
By 2011, this project became simply, The Oath Project. The Oath Project outlines seven promises for ethical business executives. They include promises to “not advance my personal interests at the expense of my enterprise or society;” “to refrain from corruption, unfair competition, or business practices harmful to society;” “to report the performance and risks of my enterprise accurately and honestly;” and “to oppose discrimination and exploitation.”
The Oath contains no reference to the goals or objectives of any multilateral agreement, only an indirect reference to sustainable development, and no reference to equity, democracy, labor, or any broadly accepted ethical guidelines. While the driver for the YGL re-write of the Hippocratic Oath was to help shift commitments toward development, there is no reference to any developmental principles, such as the Millennium Development Goals.
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