Non-business participants are an integral to the UN Global Compact. They contribute much needed perspective and expertise that complements the efforts of business participants. Our non-business participants include entites such as civil society organizations, business associations, labour organizations, academic institutions and cities. Each offer knowledge and thought leadership in shaping special initiatives and workstreams; developing tools and research; setting international labour standards; furthering partnership projects; and helping to hold business accountable with respect to their commitments to the Global Compact and its ten principles.
This section of our website introduces the various categories of non-business entities and how each entity can participate in and engage with the Global Compact.
On 31 October 2013 the Global Compact introduced a Communication on Engagement (COE) for non-business participants. The COE is a tool for non-business participants to communicate the ways in which they support the Global Compact.
The COE, to be submitted to the Global Compact website every two years, is a disclosure of specific activities that a non-business participant takes in support of the Global Compact and its results. In this section you will find the suggested list of activities for each type of non-business Global Compact participant.