The Global Compact name and logo are the property of the United Nations Global Compact Office, are registered with the World Intellectual Property Organization, and are protected worldwide under Article 6ter of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. The following guidelines govern the use of the Global Compact name and logo by Local Networks , Partners , Participants  and other Stakeholders  of the Global Compact initiative. The UN Global Compact Office reserves the right to take appropriate action in the event of a breach of this policy. Possible actions may include, but are not limited to, removing the participant’s name from the list of participants, revoking participant status, and/or instituting legal proceedings with the appropriate authorities. Any suspected misuse of the Global Compact name or logo in the context of the Global Compact should be referred to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that all companies requesting permission to use the "we support" logo are expected to make an annual contribution to the Foundation for the Global Compact in order to support the important work of the UN Global Compact. Contributions from companies are vital to the initiative’s ability to provide a robust framework for corporate change and innovation around environmental, social and governance issues. For more information on how to make an annual contribution, please visit www.globalcompactfoundation.org/donate.
The Global Compact logo, displayed above, is generally only for the official use of the UN Global Compact. However, the UN Global Compact Office may grant a limited right to use the logo to Participants and other Stakeholders in the context of their activities promoting the Global Compact and its goals, but not in any manner that suggests or implies that the Global Compact has endorsed or approved of the activities, products and/or services of the organization, or that the Global Compact is their source. In most circumstances, the Global Compact Office suggests that Participants use the Endorser logo described below.
For all proposed uses of the Global Compact logo, the permission of the Global Compact Office must be sought in advance from the UN Global Compact Office. Please provide a sample of your document via the online logo request system and indicate where on the sample document you would like the logo to appear. Specifically, please note that the following uses will not be permitted:
Participants in the Global Compact and other Stakeholders are encouraged to widely advocate and express their support for the Global Compact and its principles. For such activities, the Global Compact Office may authorize Participants and other Stakeholders to use the modified “We Support the Global Compact” logo (hereinafter the “Endorser logo”). To request permission to use the "We support" logo, an organization must fulfill the following requirements:
Please note that the following conditions apply for the use of the Endorser logo:
In accordance with this policy, the following uses of the Endorser logo will generally be permitted:
However, for all proposed uses, including those referred to above, permission to use the Endorser logo must be sought in advance from the UN Global Compact Office. Please provide a sample of your document via the online logo request system and indicate where on the sample document you would like the logo to appear. Please note that the following uses will not be permitted:
To facilitate participants' uses of the Endorser logo in their COP as well as helping stakeholders to identify a COP, a special contextualized version of the Endorser logo has been introduced. It may be downloaded and used within a participant's COP without prior permission of the UN Global Compact Office. Use of this logo is optional. This logo can be downloaded by clicking on the image below. Permission is still required for all other uses of the Global Compact logos, including in the context of a participant's COP.
The terms and conditions under which Partners of the Global Compact Office and Local Networks may use the Global Compact name and logo will normally be set out in documentation or agreements establishing or memorializing the relationship. In all other cases, where there is no agreement, the policies set forth herein will apply. A logo template has been created for Local Networks and will be adapted on demand. This logo can only be used by the official representatives of the Local Network concerned in the context of their official activities. >> Guidance for Local Networks on the use of the Global Compact logos (pdf)
Maintaining consistency in the display of the Global Compact name and logo by the Global Compact and its Local Networks, Partners, Participants and other Stakeholders is an important aspect of the strategy to advocate the principles of the Global Compact. Accordingly, when participants, stakeholders and local networks incorporate the Global Compact name and logos in their materials for the permitted uses outlined above, they are asked to strictly adhere to the following guidelines regarding the reproduction and display of the Global Compact name and logos described above. For more guidance, please refer to the Global Compact Design Manual (pdf).
In the case of the colour logo, the colours from the artwork provided by the Global Compact Office should not be modified. To ensure readability, the colour logo should always appear on a white or light-coloured background. The logo may be reproduced in black and white for use on other backgrounds. A screen tint or shade should never be used when reproducing the Global Compact logo or Endorser logo.
Appearance of the Logos. In all materials on which the Global Compact logo or Endorser logo is used, it must appear in isolation, uncluttered by competing images. The logo should not be used as part of a sentence or word phrase or associated with any non-related symbols or graphical elements. The Endorser logo must not be used out of context where it is unclear to which organization the "We" refers.
The use of the United Nations name and emblem, and any abbreviation thereof, is reserved for official purposes of the Organization in accordance with General Assembly resolution 92(I) of 7 December 1946. That resolution expressly prohibits the use of the United Nations name and emblem for commercial purposes or in any other way without the prior authorization of the Secretary-General, and it recommends that Member States take the necessary measures to prevent the unauthorized use thereof. The United Nations emblem may be authorized for use by non-UN entities in exceptional circumstances, such as for illustrative and educational purposes. All uses of the UN emblem by non-UN entities require the prior written authorization of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Requests for such authorization should be submitted to the Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations, New York, NY 10017 or by fax: +1-212-963-3155. Any suspected misuse of the United Nations name and emblem should be referred to the Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations.
Global Compact stakeholders that have been authorized to use either the Global Compact logo or the Endorser logo on their website, are strongly encouraged to link the logo to the Global Compact homepage at www.unglobalcompact.org.
(Last Update: 19 February 2013)