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Policy on the Use of the Global Compact Name and Logos

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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 [1], Partners [2], Participants [3] and other Stakeholders [4] 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 gclogo@un.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.

1. Use of the Global Compact Name and Logo

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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:

  • Any use of the logo as a component of an organization's own logo, trademark or other branding elements;
  • Any use of the logo for the promotion or advertising of products, services and other activities intended to solicit business;
  • Any use of the logo as a permanent graphical element of stationery, business cards, or other variably utilized print materials;
  • Any use of the logo suggesting or implying a certification or seal of approval for activities, services and/or products.

 2. Use of the “We Support the Global Compact” Logo

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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:

  1. Be a signatory of the UN Global Compact;
  2. Have active COP or COE status; and
  3. The meaning of the “We Support” logo for a business participant encompasses the financial support of the Global Compact, along with items (1) and (2) above.  Thus, a business participant must have demonstrated support for the Global Compact by joining with all the other business participants by making the applicable annual contributions to the Foundation for the Global Compact for the benefit of supporting the Global Compact. For more information on how to make a contribution, visit www.globalcompactfoundation.org.

Please note that the following conditions apply for the use of the Endorser logo:

  • The Endorser logo must be placed in such a manner that it is clear from the context to which organization the "We" refers.
  • The Endorser logo may not be sub-licensed to any other entity without the prior written consent of the Global Compact Office.
  • The Endorser logo is not to be used in any manner that suggests or implies that the Global Compact Office has endorsed or approved of the activities, products, and/or services of the organization, or that the Global Compact Office is the source of any such activities, products or services.

In accordance with this policy, the following uses of the Endorser logo will generally be permitted:

  • In training and/or other educational materials related to the Global Compact;
  • In documents and/or other materials designed to promote the principles of the Global Compact;
  • In statements outlining a participant’s Global Compact-related activities;
  • In the context of a participant’s Communication on Progress ("COP");
  • As a permanent graphical element of stationery, business cards, and other variably utilized print materials;
  • In the context of promoting or advertising products and services of a participant, provided that the logo is not used as a designation of origin;
  • In connection with fundraising for the Global Compact or Global Compact-related activities.

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:

  • Any use of the logo in connection with fundraising that is unrelated to the Global Compact or Global Compact-related activities;
  • Any use of the logo suggesting or implying that the Global Compact Office approves or endorses the activities, products and/or services of the organization;
  • Any use of the logo as an indicia of origin of products and/or services.

3. Use of the COP Logo

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.

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4. Use of the Global Compact Name and Logos by Partners and Local Networks

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)

5. Rules Governing the Reproduction and Display of the Logos

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).

  • Elements of the Logos.  The Global Compact logos described above are comprised of four unique elements: (1) the wording, "The Global Compact" or "We Support The Global Compact"; (2) The "globe" symbol; (3) a customized version of the United Nations olive branches below the globe; and (4) the clear space in the area surrounding the logo. The clear space surrounding the logo should be equal to at least 100% of the globe's height and width. The font of the wording is Flama for "The Global Compact" and Swift for "We Support".
  • Reproduction of the Logos.  Each of the Global Compact logos must be treated as a unique element and resized proportionally. The minimum sizes of the logos are 24 mm or 68 pixels for digital and 15 mm for print. The reproduction of the logos should be generated from high quality artwork. Accordingly, the authorized user is required to use the authorized artwork that is provided by the Global Compact Office. The logos or wording should never be reproduced by hand, nor should the wording be substituted with another typeface. The letters should not be altered or redrawn, nor should the elements be re-spaced.
  • Colour of the Logos. The logos may be reproduced in colour or in black and white. The preferred colour is UNGC blue. UNGC blue translates to the following colour systems:
    • Pantone®: 540U
    • CMYK: C:100, M:60, Y:40, K:20
    • RGB: R:0, G:84, B:110

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.

 

5. Use of the United Nations Name and Official Emblem

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.
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  1. Local Networks are organizational entities of Global Compact stakeholders with varying degrees of governance structure established to further the goals of the Global Compact and the Global Compact principles at the local and/or regional level.
  2. A Partner is an organizational entity with whom the Global Compact Office is working in the interests of furthering the goals of the Global Compact.
  3. Participants are companies and other organizational entities that have signed on to the Global Compact and that are expected to fulfill the requirement of communicating their progress to their own stakeholders.
  4. Stakeholders are Participants and other organizational entities that have expressed their support for and willingness to engage in the Global Compact and/or Global Compact activities or events.

 

Contact

gclogo@un.org

(Last Update: 19 February 2013)