About the book
Voluntary codes of conduct can be an important policy tool for improving industry's environmental performance. They can also be an important tool for industry to demonstrate that they are managing their operation in a manner that will enhance economic growth, ensure environmental protection and address social concerns. This publication provides a broad perspective of voluntary codes, discussing what they can and cannot do, stressing the need for government regulations. It discusses the range and different types of industry codes and the ultimate role of companies in implementing them. It also outlines the five critical aspects for making voluntary codes effective in improving industry's environmental performance and illustrates how each can be phased in over time as experience is gained and resources permit.