Should companies be subject to overseas ethics rules?

Canadian and U.S. businesses are facing rules designed to ensure they abide by ethical and environmental standards in their foreign business dealings. Business leaders say they're already behaving properly, and that policymakers should focus on helping firms strengthen the foreign institutions with which they deal. "Rather than try to prosecute companies ... for what they do in other countries, it would be much more productive if all three parties -- the company, civil society and government -- work together to build governing capacity," says David Deisley, a senior executive with Canadian mining company Goldcorp.

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