Board Meetings

September 2013, New York

The UN Global Compact Board held its biannual meeting in New York on 21 September 2013, which was chaired on behalf of the UN Secretary-General – who was unable to attend - by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Foundation for the Global Compact. Discussion focused on the Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013; sustainable funding for the initiative; a review of the integrity measures and next steps related to the initiative’s strategy for growth.

May 2013, New York

The UN Global Compact Board convened for its biennial meeting in New York on 6-7 May 2013. Board members reported to the UN Secretary-General at the meeting, which was chaired by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Foundation for the Global Compact. Discussion focused on the Global Compact’s Strategic Review; the Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013; sustainable funding for the initiative; a review of the integrity measures and next steps related to the initiative’s strategy for growth.

December 2012, New York

The UN Global Compact Board held its biennial meeting in New York on 13-14 December 2012. Board members reported to the UN Secretary-General at the meeting, which was chaired by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Foundation for the Global Compact. Discussion focused on the Global Compact’s Strategic Review; the participation of non-business stakeholders; a review of the integrity measures and next steps related to the post-2015 global development agenda.

June 2012, Rio de Janeiro

The Global Compact Board met during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development –
Rio+20 on 20-21 June 2012. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, chair of the Board, received the document outlining the full set of outcomes from the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum, held from 15-18 June. The meeting was chaired by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Foundation for the Global Compact, on behalf of the Secretary-General. Discussion focused on a review of the Global Compact’s strategic priorities, including taking the initiative to scale; the participation of non-business stakeholders and integrity measures.

December 2011, New York

The Global Compact Board met at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 15-16 December 2011. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, chairman of the Board, encouraged the Board to reconstitute itself as a Global Compact Partnership Board, with the capacity to provide guidance on the rapidly evolving sustainable development agenda, by June 2012. Discussion focused on strategies for taking the initiative to scale, the role of subsidiary and small and medium enterprise (SME) engagement, preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20 and the Corporate Sustainability Forum, the participation of non-business stakeholders and integrity measures. Following the meeting, Board members joined Government representatives at lunch to discuss the contribution of business to UN priorities and events, notably Rio+20.

June 2011, New York

The Global Compact Board met at UN Headquarters in New York on 21 June 2011. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, chairman of the Board, reaffirmed two goals for the Global Compact – to increase the number of participants to 20,000 by 2020 and to deepen the quality of their engagement. He called for a Private Sector Track at Rio+20 to bring the voice of business to the conference and invited the Global Compact to provide inputs towards the draft of the Rio+20 outcome document. The Board recognized Rio+20 as a critical opportunity to advance corporate sustainability. Further discussions focused on strategies for taking the initiative to scale, integrity measures and the role of subsidiary engagement.

November 2010, New York

On 19 November the Global Compact Board gathered at UN Headquarters in New York. The Board provided support for the GCO’s Strategy Note 2011-2013 as well as Global Compact LEAD as it launches a two-year experimentation phase in January 2011. The Board agreed to extend the terms of reference for the Expert Group on Responsible Business & Investment in Conflict-Affected Countries. The Board agreed that the moratorium on expelling companies from non-OECD/G20 countries will end on 31 December 2010 and they approved the test phase of the COP differentiation framework, requesting that the Global Compact keep Board members apprised of developments and, where relevant, seek input and guidance.

June 2010, Global Compact Leaders Summit, New York

On 25 June, upon the conclusion of the Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010, the Global Compact Board gathered in the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York’s Times Square. Discussion focused on the outcomes of the Leaders Summit and the status of the Communication on Progress (COP) policy. In terms of the latter, the Board asked the Global Compact Office to explore and develop the process of differentiation within the COP policy. Such differentiation could allow SMEs and beginners to utilize a basic programme, while setting a higher standard for more experienced and larger participants, a standard that will be aligned with the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership. Further discussions revolved around developing improved programmes for training participants on COP submission, including through Global Compact Local Networks.

March 2010, New York

On 25 March 2010, in its first meeting of the year, the Global Compact Board, the highest-level advisory body involving business and civil society at the United Nations, addressed the issue of companies being expelled from the Global Compact for failure to communicate progress. Board members approved a measure proposed by the Global Compact Office to introduce a one-year moratorium on expelling companies from non-OECD/G20 countries, following the recent removal of a disproportionate number of companies in these countries. The measure was deemed necessary pending a further review of the current Communication of Progress (COP) mechanism and its suitability for companies in emerging and less-developed economies. Subsequent discussion on the agenda centered on the structure and content of this year’s Global Compact Leaders Summit. The Board expressed strong support for the Summit’s objectives and preparations. Following formal deliberations, Board members attended a lunch with the Secretary-General, Ambassadors and other Member State representatives. The Board briefed attendees on key outcomes of the morning’s discussion. In addition, ambassadors from Brazil, Columbia, Germany and India addressed the group underscoring their work to advance corporate responsibility in their countries.

July 2009, New York

On 24 July, the Board met at UN Headquarters in New York. In his message to Board members, the Secretary-General noted the Board’s work and progress on human rights, labour and anti-corruption, and asked them to intensify their efforts, especially leading up to the Global Compact Leaders Summit, to be held in June 2010 in New York. Board members were also asked to lend their voice to the UN's Seal the Deal! campaign for a fair, balanced and effective climate agreement in Copenhagen. As part of the day’s comprehensive agenda, Board members agreed on the creation of a new working group on environmental stewardship. The working group will seek to build on synergies between the Global Compact’s existing engagement platforms on climate change (Caring for Climate) and water (The CEO Water Mandate). Referring to the Global Compact’s integrity measures, a key item on the meeting’s agenda, the Secretary-General expressed his hope that Board members will "ensure that the accountability of the Compact is consistent with its mandate and resources". Board members also reaffirmed and supported the Global Compact's recent work to define responsible investment in conflict-affected countries. And, in the case of Sudan, the Board welcomed efforts to build Local Networks, involving business and civil society, to advance peace and development. Regarding the Global Compact’s integrity measures, the Board confirmed the Global Compact's approaches in promoting transparency, public accountability and dialogue. The initiative's disclosure (Communication on Progress), brand management and dialogue facilitation policies were reviewed in detail and a number of refinements were agreed upon, especially with regard to the promotion of dialogue and the way the initiative supports other initiatives and instruments.

December 2008, New York

On 15 December, the Board met at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Chairman of the Board, received updates and guidance from the Board and discussed the increased relevance of the Global Compact’s work within the United Nations in light of the financial crisis. Discussion focused on proposed updates and refinements to the Global Compact’s Communication on Progress (COP) policy. Following the meeting, Board members joined Government representatives for a discussion on the impact of the financial crisis on corporate responsibility. It was agreed that there is an important role for voluntary corporate responsibility initiatives such as the UN Global Compact in rebuilding trust and confidence in markets and companies, while working in tandem with effective regulation

May 2008, New York

On 1 May, the Board met at UN Headquarters in New York. The discussion largely centered on a draft paper on the strategic direction for the Global Compact, as well as the initiative’s Integrity Measures. Board members also received an update on the status of the Global Compact, including recent fund-raising efforts by the Foundation for the Global Compact.

November 2007, New York

The Board met at UN Headquarters in New York on 1 November 2007 to receive an update on the status of the initiative following the Leaders Summit and to discuss a number of priority issues, such as funding, integrity measures, and the strategic direction of the initiative as it moves into its next phase of growth and engagement.

July 2007, Global Compact Leaders Summit, Geneva

In a brief meeting directly following the 2007 Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, the Board met to review the outcome of the Summit and to discuss key topics, including the Integrity Measures and future working arrangements with the Global Compact Office.

April 2007, New York

The second meeting of the Global Compact Board was held on 4 April 2007 at UN Headquarters in New York. The meeting focused on the following areas: the Triennial Leaders Summit; Integrity Measures; Principles for Responsible Investment and Responsible Education; and Global Compact Working Groups, particularly on climate change and human rights. The Secretary-General appointed Sir Mark Moody-Stuart and Mr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh as co-vice-chairs of the Global Compact Board, to conduct the Board’s business and chair the meeting in his absence.

June 2006, Inaugural Board Meeting, New York

The inaugural meeting of the Global Compact Board was held on 28 June 2006 at UN Headquarters in New York.