The Global Compact Office has established an advisory group of participants and stakeholders to ensure that the guidance material developed is robust and addresses the needs of business. The advisory group will provide input to the overall strategy of the Global Compact on this issue and the development of specific guidance material and other outputs.
The inaugural meeting of the Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability took place in Oslo, Norway on 26-27 January 2010. The meeting, hosted by Telenor Group, brought together more than 20 representatives of business and civil society. The advisory group is chaired by Mads Ovlisen, member of the UN Global Compact Board and Chairman of Lego.
The main workstreams that the Advisory Group is currently involved in are:
Since its inception, the Advisory Group has been active in developing and refining tools and other guidance materials for business on supply chain sustainability. Access these and other resources.
During the Fifth Meeting of the Advisory Group in January 2012, it was agreed that the group would set up task forces to focus on critical trends and issues in supply chain sustainability. The objective is to raise awareness of the availability of practical tools and resources, as well as to inform and advise on common challenges and solutions for supply chain sustainability across industry sectors. The task forces work in collaboration with the other issue areas of the Global Compact to maximize knowledge and ensure alignment.
The Global Compact’s Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability is pleased to announce that it has established a task force focusing on Traceability. The task force aims to help identify common challenges of and solutions to tracing product and raw materials through complex global supply chains.
Headed by Infosys, in collaboration with BSR, the task force is mapping existing resources, initiatives and company practices on the topic, and will draw together emerging and common themes. This will form the foundation framework for the second phase of the initiative which will kick off in March: diving deeper into the issues and developing practical guidance for companies on how they seek improved transparency and traceability in their supply chains.
Global Compact participants are invited to engage in this initiative by sharing their experiences, tools and guidelines. To learn more, please contact Anita Househam (househam at un.org).
The Advisory Group seeks to identify and promote good business practices for supply chain sustainability. The following are the main channels that the Advisory Group has been engaged in to date.
The Global Compact and CSR Europe, with support from Nokia, Ford and Innovation Norway, have launched an online portal Sustainable Supply Chains: Resources & Practices designed to assist business practitioners in embedding sustainability in supply chains. In particular, this one-stop-shop presents information about sustainable supply chain:
Regular updates are provided to the Advisory Group and members are invited to provide practices and material, as well as to promote the tool.
In collaboration with the Global Compact Human Rights Working Group, the Advisory Group has functioned as a forum for consideration of the endorsement of good business practices on supply chain sustainability and human rights. Rather than highlighting specific practices of individual companies, good practice notes seek to identify general approaches that have been recognized by a number of companies and stakeholders as being good for business and good for human rights.