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Engagement Opportunities

Opportunities are intended for Global Compact stakeholders unless otherwise indicated.

CALL TO ACTION

UN Global Compact Business Partnership Hub

The UN Global Compact Business Partnership Hub is an interactive, online platform designed to connect businesses with potential partners in support of UN goals and issues. Visit the site to find new partners for your projects, or join existing projects, in the areas of anti-corruption, climate and energy, social enterprise and water, and connect with potential partners in the UN system through the UN-Business Partnership Hub.

Click here to see a video about how the Hub works, and get started at www.businesspartnershiphub.org.

Women's Empowerment Principles

Call for Signatures: CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles
The Global Compact encourages top company executives to sign the CEO Statement of Support for the Women's Empowerment Principles. By signing the Statement, corporate CEOs commit to advance gender equality and agree to use the Principles as guidance for business actions that empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. 

While the CEO Statement of Support is intended only for signature by CEOs of corporate entities, the Women's Empowerment Principles are intended to be a practical tool for a wide range of stakeholders. Download a list of the companies that have endorsed the CEO Statement of Support for the Women's Empowerment Principles. For more information on how to sign, please contact Lauren Gula (gulal@un.org).

Caring for Climate

Join the world’s largest global coalition on climate led by the UN Global Compact, UNEP and the UNFCCC. Caring for Climate is a unique initiative – a commitment to action by business and a call to governments, incorporating transparency. Endorsed by nearly 400 companies from over 65 countries, Caring for Climate assists companies in the development of effective climate change policies while also providing a channel for the business community to contribute inputs and perspectives to key governmental deliberations. The broad geographical spread of its supporters, involving both leading actors from developed and emerging economies, reinforces the novel nature of this engagement platform. Read the Caring for Climate Statement.

To learn more, visit www.caringforclimate.org. Please send an email to caring4climate@un.org to express interest.

CEO Water Mandate

Businesses are encouraged to join this initiative addressing the global water crisis. Launched by the UN Secretary-General in July 2007, the Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate is focused on developing corporate strategies and solutions to contribute positively to global water issues. The Mandate is a call-to-action to business everywhere, and provides a strategic management framework covering six areas: direct operations, supply chain and watershed management, collective action, public policy, community engagement and transparency. The Mandate offers opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships, including with relevant UN agencies.

The CEO Water Mandate has also launched a global Water Action Hub (www.wateractionhub.org), offering project-specific engagement opportunities for all companies at the regional and local level.

Learn more. Read the CEO Water Mandate core document.

A company wishing to join the CEO Water Mandate should indicate the endorsement of its Chief Executive Officer at ceowatermandate@unglobalcompact.org.

Financial Markets

Invitation to host an ESG Investor Briefing

The ESG Investor Briefing is a joint project with the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) to improve company-investor communications on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) information. Using the ESG Value Driver Framework companies have the opportunity to present what ESG value drivers are material for their business to an audience of diverse investors. Learn more.

Companies interested in hosting an ESG Investor Briefing should contact Danielle Chesebrough (Danielle.Chesebrough@unpri.org).

Child Labour Platform

The Child Labour Platform is a multi-sector, multi-stakeholder forum for sharing experiences and lessons learned in eliminating child labour. The Platform will deliver training and capacity support, link with global and local initiatives against child labour, and foster practical action that can make a difference in affected communities. Companies and relevant organizations are welcomed to join the Child Labour Platform on an ongoing basis. Learn more.

For information on becoming a member of the Child Labour Platform, please contact Benjamin Smith (smithb@ilo.org).

Green Industry Platform

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the support of the Global Compact, are leading a voluntary initiative – the Green Industry Platform –a global high-level, multi-stakeholder partnership intended to act as a forum to catalyze, mobilize and mainstream action on Green Industry around the world. The Green Industry Platform provides a framework to bring together governmental, business and civil society leaders to secure concrete commitments and mobilize action in support of the green industry agenda. Learn more.

Businesses, Governments and civil society are invited to join the Green Industry Platform. Read a letter inviting your organization’s participation. To confirm the interest of your organization, please send the Statement of Support signed by your Chief Executive Officer, or equivalent, to info@greenindustryplatform.org.

SEEKING INPUT & EXAMPLES

Human Rights & Labour

Sign Open Letter: Call on Academic Institutions to Incorporate Human Rights in Management Education

The Global Compact and PRME have released an Open Letter calling on academic institutions to educate future managers and leaders on business and human rights. Endorsed by the Human Rights Working Group, the Open Letter intends to: 1) raise awareness of the need for business and human rights education; 2) prompt academic institutions worldwide to develop new courses and curricula; and 3) allow companies to declare the importance of business and human rights education within their own organizations.

Download letter: (English | Français | Español | Português). Individual companies and organizations are invited to confirm support of the Open Letter by sending an e-mail to humanrights@unglobalcompact.org. Signatories of the Open Letter will be listed on the Global Compact website, upon endorsement of a sufficient number of organizations.

Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum

The Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum (HRBDF) is a free, online multi-stakeholder platform for multi-national companies with operations, supply chains and distribution networks in regions that present high levels of risk to the realization of human rights. The Forum contains 26 different dilemmas, over 400 case studies and an active online Forum. The HRBDF strives to enhance the collective understanding of human rights risks and responsibilities for business by offering users the opportunity to share, explore and discuss a wide range of dilemmas, case studies and good practice. The HRBDF is hosted by Maplecroft and the UN Global Compact, with support from the GE Foundation. 

Join the Dilemmas Forum today at http://human-rights.unglobalcompact.org. If your company is interested in contributing examples on these topics please email: dilemmasforum@maplecroft.com

Call for Examples: Business for the Rule of Law

The Global Compact, in collaboration with the Atlantic Council and LexisNexis and in consultation with the UN Rule of Law Unit, is developing a statement on business for the rule of law (B4ROL). B4ROL aims to provide guidance on how companies are able to support the rule of law in the regions in which they operate, particularly where the rule of law is not well established.

Global Compact companies are invited to submit examples of how they are supporting the rule of law in their business operations and relationships to rol@unglobalcompact.org. To learn more, please contact Christina Koulias (koulias@unglobalcompact.org).

Human Rights Working Group Seeks to Identify and Endorse Good Practices

The Global Compact Human Rights Working Group is seeking to identify and endorse good practices by companies and stakeholders in the implementation of the human rights principles. For the purposes of this submission process, good practices should draw on the experiences of many companies and should not be a case study on the experience of one particular company. All UN Global Compact participants and stakeholders are invited to submit proposals, which should include the following elements: (i) process for developing the proposal; (ii) demonstrate how the proposed good practice has been tested and is supported by key affected stakeholder groups (some stages may only involve one stakeholder group); (iii) clear linkages to human rights; (iv) expected outcome and impacts. More information.

Contribute to the Embedding Human Rights into Business Practice Series

The Global Compact Office is seeking expressions of interest from: 1) graduate students to author case studies; and 2) companies to be the subject of a case study and participate in a peer review of case studies. Case studies detail efforts by Global Compact participant companies to respect and support human rights, including lessons learned. These will be published in the future volumes of the Embedding Human Rights into Business Practice series. For more information and a list of profiled companies see Business Practices.

Corporate Efforts to Respect and Support Children’s Rights

Global Compact participants are invited to submit examples of their efforts to respect and support children's rights – to be included in a compilation of good practices. Examples can include company efforts to: combat child labour, promote child protection, ensure child safety, respect children's rights in advertising and marketing, and support the child-related Millennium Development Goals.

For further information or to submit an example, please contact Anita Househam (househam@un.org).

Anti-Corruption

Call to Action: Anti-Corruption and the Global Development Agenda

The Call to Action is an appeal by the private sector to Governments to promote anti-corruption measures and to implement policies that will establish systems of good governance. The Call to Action urges Governments to underscore anti-corruption and good governance as fundamental pillars of a sustainable and inclusive global economy. Companies are encouraged to join this critical effort to help bring corporate sustainability to the next level by addressing corruption in all its forms.

Learn more about the Call to Action. To add your company’s name, please email anticorruption@unglobalcompact.org.

Anonymously Record Incidences of Corruption along Major International Trade Routes

The Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GACI) – a partnership between the UN Global Compact and International Road Transport Union – aims to fight extortion and corruption across borders. The GACI will analyse incidences of corruption in the transport and logistics industry along major international trade routes in Eurasia, Africa, and Latin America. An e-questionnaire completed by road transport companies and truck drivers will help to identify the areas of business and administrative activities, as well as geographic locations, that are most vulnerable to extortion and bribery.

Help GACI to gather this data by sharing the e-questionnaire with your organization's road transport professionals. The e-questionnaire takes 5 minutes to complete and can be used to record incidents of corruption along major international trade routes. Answers will be collected and analysed by experts and will be treated with complete confidentiality. 

Business and Development

Call for Input: Business Engagement in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Global Compact, together with UNIDO, has launched an online consultation process on “Engaging with the Private Sector” in the post-2015 agenda at the global, regional and national levels. Input will help shape recommendations to the UN Secretary-General and Member States as they decide on a post-2015 agenda.

All Global Compact participants are encouraged to join the consultation process through participating in an online survey and moderated discussions at:
www.worldwewant2015.org/privatesector2015.

Support Sustainable Development: Partnership Opportunities for Business

While it has been over a decade since world leaders committed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), much remains to be done to reach these critical milestones. Business leaders must intensify their efforts to help combat global poverty, hunger and disease and are encouraged to make a new commitment in support of the MDGs. You may wish to consider engaging in existing partnership opportunities across the UN System – which both contribute to the MDGs and could benefit from additional corporate participation.

We encourage you to review the prepared list of partnership opportunities from across the UN System and learn more about how your organization can get involved.

Supply Chain Sustainability

Call for Examples: Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Global Compact participants are invited to submit brief examples describing how they are incorporating and promoting sustainability issues and the ten principles in their supply chains. Examples will be featured on the website Sustainable Supply Chains: Resources and Practices. Examples can include how the company is managing supply chain sustainability internally, how the company is engaging with suppliers or engaging in partnerships and collective action initiatives to promote supply chain sustainability. The Global Compact is also seeking examples of Initiatives (programmes, codes, standards, networks) that companies can engage in to improve their supply chain sustainability, and Resources and tools to assist in the implementation of sustainable supply chain programmes.

All examples should be submitted according to one of these templates: Resources, Initiatives  or Corporate Practices.

For further information please email Anita Househam (househam@un.org).

Financial Markets

Call for Comments: World Federation of Exchanges Proposed Extra-Financial Reporting Requirements

Institutional investors have put forth a proposal to the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) – a trade association of 62 publicly regulated stock, futures and options exchanges – that would require extra-financial disclosure among companies listed on member exchanges. The Global Compact is gathering business input on the draft proposal to share with the WFE's Sustainability Working Group. Please listen to this recording for further details.

Publicly listed Global Compact business participants are invited to share their opinions on the proposal by 15 July 2014. Please follow the procedure outlined here: 

Steps

  1. Read Investor Listing Standards Proposal: Recommendations for Stock Exchange Requirements on Corporate Sustainability Reporting
  2. Review Global Compact feedback form to proposal
  3. Add your comments to the last column of the form for each row.
  4. Convey your comments in one of the following ways:
    1. Submit electronically to listingstandards@unglobalcompact.org
    2. Provide over the phone – write to listingstandards@unglobalcompact.org to schedule a call
*Business participants who wish to comment should provide the Global Compact with their ticker symbol(s).

UN System Private Sector Engagement Opportunities

Join Private Sector Network to Support Disaster Resilience

The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction invites companies to join the Disaster Risk Reduction Private Sector Partnership. This group will contribute to the reduction of disaster risks globally. The partnership will provide a platform for companies to share experiences and challenges, and explore innovative ways to strengthen collaboration and nurture ongoing partnership efforts on disaster risk reduction.

Learn more. Download the membership kit. For additional information please contact Ms. Kiki Lawal (lawalk@un.org).

Last updated 20 June 2014