Welcome to the Business Ethics for APEC SMEs Initiative
The Business Ethics for APEC SMEs Initiative welcomes you to its new online portal to support the implementation of codes of ethics aligned with APEC Principles endorsed by APEC Ministers and Leaders. From here you may access general information and three additional websites for each sector covered under this initiative:...


09/06/2014 at 12:00 PM
APEC SME Ministers endorse Nanjing Declaration and achievement of its goals APEC SME Ministers met in Nanjing, China on 5 September 2014. Their annual statement endorses the Nanjing Declaration to Promote Ethical Environments in the Medical Device and Biopharmaceutical Sectors (2014-2020) and the achievement of its goals. The statement also welcomes an announcement by the Philippines to host the 2015 APEC...
06/26/2014 at 10:42 PM
APEC Bulletin: Enhancing SME Business Ethics in the Healthcare Industry 26 June 2014 -- The relationship between healthcare companies and physicians is complex, presenting potential conflicts of interest that require oversight. Biopharmaceutical and medical device companies operate in a highly competitive market. As a result, some companies may seek an advantage by extending gifts or other inappropriate inducements to healthcare...
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Medical Device Sector

04/24/2012 at 12:00 AM
The Brunei Times: APEC workshop on ethical business practices in the medical device sector commences As trade among APEC economies continue to grow, there is a growing realisation that ethical business practices are needed to sustain and expand trade in the region. A welcome reception was held yesterday for a workshop aimed at drafting voluntary codes of business ethics for the medical device sector at...
05/22/2011 at 12:00 PM
APEC combats corruption with medical device code of ethics Press release issued by the APEC SME Working Group on 22 May 2011. See full press release here: http://www.apec.org/Press/News-Releases/2011/0522_medicalcode.aspx
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Biopharmaceutical Sector

04/03/2014 at 12:00 AM - Biopharmaceutical
BusinessMirror (Philippines): Pharmaceutical executive underscores importance of ethical trade practice Unethical practices increase the cost of doing business and adversely affects business operations of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with the biopharmaceutical industry posing no exception, said Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP) Ethics Committee head and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation ethics adviser Francisco Tranquilino. “The Apec focused on...
11/03/2013 at 12:00 AM - Biopharmaceutical
Health Laws and Places Forum (Philippines): FDA Adopts Business Ethics for Biopharmaceutical Sector The Mexico City "voluntary codes of business ethics" was recently made compulsory by Food and Drugs Administration within the Philippine settings. FDA Circular no. 2013-024 entitled "Adoption and Implementation of "The Mexico City Principles for Voluntary Codes of Business Ethics in the Biopharmaceutical Sector" was issued last September 5, 2013,...
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Construction & Engineering Sector