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Event Calendar 2009

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January

Global Compact Local Network Launch in Bangladesh

26-27 January
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Nessa Whelan
whelan@un.org
Local Networks

The Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) and CSR Centre in partnership with the UN Global Compact Office and UNDP Bangladesh are organizing a formal launching ceremony of the Global Compact Local Network in Bangladesh.

February

Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting

26-27 February
New York, USA

Olajobi Makinwa
makinwa@un.org
Anti-Corruption
The UN Global Compact is convening the fourth meeting of the Global Compact's 10th Principle Working Group to review and finalize the work of several sub-working groups, prepare for the third Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and to discuss future projects.

March

UN Global Compact Commemorates International Women's Day 2009: Advancing Women in the Global Marketplace

5 March
New York, USA

Ursula Wynhoven
wynhoven@un.org
Human Rights | Labour

In commemoration of International Women’s Day 2009 the UN Global Compact is organizing an event on gender equality and the empowerment of women.


Event Website


Workshop on Fighting Corruption Through Collective Action

16-17 March
Lagos, Nigeria

Olajobi Makinwa
makinwa@un.org
Anti-Corruption

A workshop co-organized by the World Bank Institute, the Global Compact Office and UNODC to equip business leaders and Global Compact Local Network Focal Points from Africa with practical collective action tools and strategies to counter corruption in business operations. By examining real life dilemmas and solutions the workshop will examine how companies can utilize collective action to counter corruption.


Conference - Business Taking a Stand in the Fight Against Corruption

18 March
Lagos, Nigeria

Jonas Haertle
haertle@un.org
Anti-Corruption
Organized jointly by the Global Compact Office, the Global Compact Local Network Nigeria, UNODC and the World Bank Institute, this Conference brings together representatives of  business, government and civil society to discuss different ways business can support anti-corruption efforts.


Regional Meeting for Global Compact Local Network Focal Points in Africa

19 March
Lagos, Nigeria

Jonas Haertle
haertle@un.org
Local Networks
This meeting for Global Compact Local Network Focal Points in Africa will provide an opportunity to learn from the achievements of other Networks and to share experiences on the processes and issues relevant within the regional context. The meeting will provide opportunities to discuss regional challenges and opportunities as well as to identifying potential regional approaches and joint-activities.

Third Working Conference of the CEO Water Mandate

16-18 March  
Istanbul, Turkey

Gavin Power
powerg@un.org
CEO Water Mandate

The CEO Water Mandate convenes two working conferences per year to bring corporate water experts and practitioners together with a range of key stakeholders and partners, including civil society organizations, specialized water institutes, UN agencies, public authorities, and other interests.

April

Second Alliance of Civilizations Forum

6-7 April
Istanbul, Turkey

Melissa Powell
powell1@un.org
Business and Peace
The UN Global Compact Office will co-organize a session at the upcoming Second Alliance of Civilizations Forum as a platform to launch a Good Practice Guide for the Private Sector on "Doing Business in a Multicultural World".




International Cooperation Forum on Resource and Environment

17-18 April
Changsha, China

Meng Liu
lium@un.org
Local Networks

Jointly organized by the Hunan Provincial People’s Government, the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People's Republic of China, and several industry associations and UN entities, including the UN Global Compact Office and the Global Compact Network China. At the end of 2007, a pilot was launched to turn the Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan city cluster into a resource-conserving and environmentally-friendly zone. 


B4E: The Climate Imperative, Innovation and Technology

22-23 April
Paris, France

Lila Karbassi
karbassi@un.org
Environment
Business for the Environment (B4E) 2009 will highlight the most urgent environmental challenges facing the world today and discuss business-driven solutions for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Representatives from business, governments, international agencies and civil society will be present.



Online Discussion on Human Rights Impact Assessment

27 April - 1 May
Online discussion

Désirée Abrahams
desiree.abrahams@iblf.org
Human Rights
IBLF, IFC and the UN Global Compact will host the first quarterly online discussion on human rights impact assessments, as part of the road-testing process for the “Guide to Human Rights Impact Assessment and Management”. Open to any company, this discussion will address: Why should companies undertake a specific human rights impact assessment? The lead discussant will be Christine Bader, Advisor to the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights.

May

GCLead Webinar - Responsible Practices in the Downturn

12 May
Webinar

Manuel Escudero
escuderom@un.org

 

The Research Centre for the Global Compact, in partnership with AccountAbility and the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, present GCLead, a leadership and peer-to-peer learning platform for Global Compact signatories. GCLead invites Global Compact companies that have been recognized for posting a Notable COP (since 2007) to participate in a webinar about responsible practices in the downturn.

Official Website


Managing Risks and Assuring Reputations: Combatting Forced Labour and the Exploitation of Trafficked Persons

15 May
New York, USA

Ursula Wynhoven
wynhoven@un.org

Labour
Join Roger Plant, the Head of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour (SAPFL) to discuss the tools and recent policy developments in combatting forced labour. The meeting will include an in-depth look at the practical issues facing all businesses with global operations and outreach in order to better manage risks, reputations and safeguard their supply chains.


Donor Government Meeting

20 May
Copenhagen, Denmark

Ursula Wynhoven
wynhoven@un.org
Government Support
The Global Compact Office is funded by voluntary contributions from Governments to a UN Trust Fund. Current Donors are: China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Republic of Korea, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The Donor Group meets twice annually at the capital level to review progress made and ensure the effective and efficient use of the contributions.

World Business Summit on Climate Change

24-26 May
Copenhagen, Denmark

Lila Karbassi
karbassi@un.org

Environment
Six months before the UN climate conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, the World Business Summit on Climate Change will bring together business with the world's top scientists, economists, civil society, media leaders, government representatives and other leading thinkers.

June

Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

2-5 June
Cleveland, USA

Contact
globalforum2009@case.edu

Convened by the UN Global Compact, Case Western Reserve University, and the Academy of Management, the Forum will bring together 600 leaders in business, management education, design, and sustainability to explore ways that sustainability and design can create business value and enhance management education.

Event Website


Executive Development Program: Fighting Corruption Through Collective Action in Today's Competitive Marketplaces

8-11 June
Washington, USA

Olajobi Makinwa
makinwa@un.org
Anti-Corruption

A joint effort with the World Bank Institute, Transparency International, the Center for International Private Enterprise, the Global Advice Network, Grant Thornton and Siemens AG. The programme is developed to assist private sector executives and public sector leaders in fighting corruption by using methods of collective action.

Event Website


VII Annual Local Networks Forum

9-10 June
Istanbul, Turkey

Soren Petersen
petersens@un.org
Local Networks

The Global Compact will convene the VII Annual Local Networks Forum to provide Network participants with the opportunity to share experiences in their efforts to advance the Global Compact at the local level. 


Human Rights Working Group Meeting

9-10 June
Istanbul, Turkey

Ursula Wynhoven
wynhoven@un.org
Human Rights
The Human Rights Working Group provides strategic input on areas such as coherence among business-human rights groups, new forms of learning, dialogue activities, and the sectoral dimension of human rights.

Labour Working Group Meeting

8 June
Istanbul, Turkey

Ursula Wynhoven
wynhoven@un.org
Labour
The Labour Working Group was established to raise the profile, relevance of and respect for the four labour principles and to help ensure a consistent approach to the application and understanding of the principles.

Fifth Communication on Progress Workshop for Practitioners

10 June
Istanbul, Turkey

Oliver Johner
johner@un.org
Communication on Progress
The workshop will focus on recent COP guidance material developed by the Global Compact Office and partner organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to get issue-specific guidance – on human rights and anti-corruption, among other issues – and learn from peers on their reporting experiences.

World Day against Child Labour 2009

12 June

Contact
ipec@ilo.org 
Labour

The World Day Against Child Labour will be celebrated on 12 June 2009. This year’s World Day marks the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the landmark ILO Convention that addresses the need for action to tackle the worst forms of child labour (Convention 182). This World Day will focus on exploitation of girls in child labour.

Note


GC Lead Webinar - Responsible Restructuring and Preparing for Future Recovery

16 June
Webinar

Manuel Escudero
escuderom@un.org
The Research Centre for the Global Compact, in partnership with AccountAbility and the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, present GCLead, a leadership and peer-to-peer learning platform for Global Compact signatories. GCLead invites Global Compact companies that have been recognized for posting a Notable COP (since 2007) to participate in a webinar about responsible restructuring.

Website

July

Online Discussion on Human Rights Impact Assessments

6-10 July
Online Discussion

Désirée Abrahams
desiree.abrahams@iblf.org
Human Rights

IBLF, IFC and the UN Global Compact are hosting an online discussion on human rights impact assessments. The online discussion is part of a wider road-testing process of the Guide to Human Rights Impact Assessment and Management. Open to any company, the topic for discussion will be: The costs and benefits of doing a human rights impact assessment. All participants are encouraged to post comments and questions throughout the week of Monday 6 July to Friday 10 July. Please contact Désirée Abrahams to participate in the discussion.

Further Information | IBLF 


PRI in Person Annual Event

16-17 July
Sydney, Australia

Jerome Tagger
jerome.tagger@unpri.org
Principles for Responsible Investment

The third PRI in Person Annual Event will be a forum to meet with other signatories and discuss a wide range of PRI implementation strategies and best practices on responsible investment. Please note that this is a signatories-only event.


Global Compact Board Meeting

24 July
New York, USA

Ursula Wynhoven
wynhoven@un.org
The Global Compact Board

The Global Compact Board meets twice a year to provide strategic and policy advice for the initiative as a whole and to make recommendations to the Global Compact Office, participants and other stakeholders. 

August

Fourth Working Conference of the CEO Water Mandate

16-18 August
Stockholm, Sweden

Gavin Power
powerg@un.org
CEO Water Mandate

The CEO Water Mandate convenes two working conferences per year to bring corporate water experts and practitioners together with a range of key stakeholders and partners, including civil society organizations, specialized water institutes, UN agencies, public authorities, and other interests.

September
September

UN Leadership Forum on Climate Change

22 September
New York, USA

Melissa Powell
powell1@un.org
UN/Business Partnerships

Held as the official lunch event during the Summit on Climate Change to which all world leaders have been invited. The Forum is designed to allow the private sector to make the case to Heads of State and Government that business has a strong interest in the negotiation of a balanced and effective United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Private sector leaders from all regions of the world will discuss how business can be part of the solution to climate change and how to enhance public-private cooperation. By invitation only.

Further Information

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October

Symposium: Global Economic Ethic – Consequences for Global Businesses

6 October
New York, USA

Jonas Haertle
haertle@un.org

Hosted by the UN Global Compact, the Swiss Mission to the United Nations, the Global Ethic Foundation, and the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, ethical practice in global business operations is explored. The event provides a platform to launch the manifesto “ Global Economic Ethic – Consequences for Global Businesses.”



Human Rights Working Group Meeting (Part 1)

7 October
Geneva, Switzerland

Ursula Wynhoven
wynhoven@un.org
Human Rights
The Human Rights Working Group provides strategic input to the UN Global Compact on areas such as business and human rights tools, good practices in implementing business and human rights, enhancing coherence among business-human rights groups and initiatives, new forms of learning, dialogue activities, and the sectoral dimension of human rights. 




Implementing Labour Principles in Global Supply Chains: 
ILO Training Course for Social Auditors

12-14 October
Turin, Italy

Maria Vasquez
m.vasquez@itcilo.org

An ILO program designed for social auditors and internal compliance personnel, experts, representatives of social partners, NGOs and multi-stakeholder organizations involved in assessing compliance. The course focuses on how to better assess efforts of companies in realizing fundamental principles and rights at work. The course also makes use of the ILO’s international system in interpreting and assessing compliance with labour principles in global supply chains.

Website  


Human Rights Working Group Meeting (Part 2)

19 October
San Francisco, USA

Ursula Wynhoven
wynhoven@un.org
Human Rights
The Human Rights Working Group provides strategic input to the UN Global Compact on areas such as business and human rights tools, good practices in implementing business and human rights, enhancing coherence among business-human rights groups and initiatives, new forms of learning, dialogue activities, and the sectoral dimension of human rights. 




GC Lead Retreat: Crisis and New Scenarios for GC Implementation

22-23 October
New York, USA

Manuel Escudero
escuderom@un.org

The Research Centre for the Global Compact, in partnership with AccountAbility and the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, present GCLead, a leadership and peer-to-peer learning platform for Global Compact signatories that have been recognized for posting a Notable COP (since 2007). This first retreat will be devoted to a thorough review of the landscape for responsible corporations today.

Website  


Financing Change, Changing Finance

22-23 October
Cape Town, South Africa

roundtable@unepfi.org

UNEP FI 2009 Global Roundtable, supported by the Global Compact and PRI, will bring business together with financiers and investors to discuss and explore green market opportunities in a host of different sectors including energy, construction, cleantech, agri-business, infrastructure, water and extraction. All Global Compact companies are invited to participate.

Website  


Women's Empowerment Principles - Equality means Business

28 October
Webinar

Ursula Wynhoven
wynhoven@un.org
Human Rights | Labour

Webinar will be conducted with the international advisory group as part of the process to finalize the Women's Empowerment Principles. This invitation-only event will further advance the initiative to develop the global Women’s Empowerment Principles.


Third Online Discussion on Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIAs)

27-29 October
Online discussion

Kathrin Bauer
Kathrin.Bauer @ iblf.org
Human Rights | Labour

IBLF, IFC and the UN Global Compact are hosting an online discussion on human rights impact assessments. The online discussion is part of a wider road-testing process of the Guide to Human Rights Impact Assessment and Management. Open to any company, the objective of this dedicated discussion is to assess and discuss the risks and opportunities around HRIAs from a legal perspective. All participants are encouraged to post comments and questions from 27 October to 29 October. Please contact Kathrin Bauer to participate in the discussion.

Website  

November

Why Responsible Business Conduct Matters:
OECD-ESCAP Regional Conference on Corporate Responsibility

2-3 November
Bangkok, Thailand

Marinus W. Sikkel 
sikkel @ un.org

Convened by OECD and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in cooperation with ILO, UN Global Compact and GRI. Participants will learn from concrete experiences how firms in OECD and Asian countries engage in corporate responsibility and discuss how the business case can be reinforced. A special focus will be given to climate change and financial issues.

Website


Human Rights Training

4-5 November
Berlin, Germany

Madeleine Koalic
madeleine.koalick@gtz.de

Organized by the Global Compact Network Germany, this training for a small group of 10-15 participants will be professionally facilitated and provide the opportunity to gain in-depth understanding of tools and instruments to be utilized in addressing human rights challenges. The programme will also reflect specific questions and expectations of the participants. This English language coaching is open to all company representatives from Global Compact signatories. Training fee is € 600 per person.


Adaptation to Climate Change Training

4-5 November
Berlin, Germany

Ann-Ulrike Henning
ann-ulrike.henning@gtz.de

Organized by the Global Compact Network Germany, this training for a small group of 10-15 participants will be facilitated by Adelphi Consult. Companies will work with different tools to identify the risks of current and future environmental changes, as well as develop appropriate strategies to adapt to the challenges. This English language coaching is open to all company representatives from Global Compact signatories. Training fee is € 600 per person.


Business and Human Rights Roundtable

5-6 November
New Delhi, India


roundtable@global-business-initiative.org

The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights with the support of the UN Global Compact will convene company representatives from across South Asia and South-East Asia to discuss various issues regarding business and human rights. Participants will learn about practical steps to integrate human rights into business policies, processes and procedure by sharing experiences, questions, challenges, and practices with fellow business leaders.


Meeting of the Global Compact Anti-Corruption Working Group

5-6 November
Doha, Qatar

Olajobi Makinwa
makinwa@un.org
Anti-Corruption

 


Strength in Unity: Public-Private Partnerships to Fight Corruption

7-8 November
Doha, Qatar

Olajobi Makinwa
makinwa@un.org
Anti-Corruption



Third Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption

9-13 November
Doha, Qatar 

Olajobi Makinwa
makinwa@un.org
Anti-Corruption

High-level delegations of countries that have signed and ratified the Convention will gather in Doha to adopt important decisions on: the mechanism to review the implementation of the Convention, the recovery of proceeds of corruption, and effective solutions to provide countries in need with assistance necessary to implement the Convention.


China / Japan / Korea Global Compact Local Networks Roundtable

12-13 November
Seoul, South Korea

Meng Liu
lium@un.org
Local Networks

Co-hosted by the Global Compact Korea Network, Global Compact Japan Network and Global Compact China Network, this event will provide a forum to discuss the role and implementation of the UN Global Compact principles in Northeast Asia as well as ways to mainstream its values. Further the event presents an opportunity to contribute the Northeast Asian perspective to the global CSR community, particularly in preparation of the 10th anniversary celebration of UN Global Compact in 2010.


Expert Group Meeting on Responsible Investment in Conflict-Affected Countries

20 November
New York, USA

Melissa Powell
powell1@un.org
Business and Peace

Company and civil society representatives, investors and other experts from around the world together will explore what constitutes responsible investment in difficult operating environments. Specifically, participants will review and discuss a set of general principles on responsible business practices in the areas of core business, strategic social investment, engagement and advocacy. The outcomes of the meeting will be incorporated into a short guidance document that will provide a framework for companies and investors. The final guidance document will be presented at the Global Compact Leaders Summit on 24-25 June, 2010, in New York.

December

Webinar: An Introduction to Business and Human Rights

10 December
10:00-11:30 am EST
Webinar

Lauren Gula
gulal@un.org
Human Rights

This web-enabled teleconference – taking place on Human Rights Day – will provide an overview of business and human rights with a particular focus on Global Compact Principles 1 and 2. The webinar, open to all, is the first in a series that will highlight the range of tools and resources available to support such efforts by business. Register with Lauren Gula in advance to receive call-in details. 

 


Business Side-Event at United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) 

12 December
Copenhagen, Denmark

Lila Karbassi
karbassi@un.org
Environment

Convened by the Copenhagen Climate Council, in cooperation with UN Global Compact, the event will take place at the Kronborg Castle, North of Copenhagen. Bringing together prominent leaders, the event will address questions including: success criteria for COP15, filling the leadership void, and guiding the economy onto a sustainable path. The meeting aims to maintain the positive momentum initiated by business and define green leadership after 2009. All Caring for Climate signatories are invited to attend the event.

Looking Ahead

African Private Sector Forum

Postponed, Date to be Announced
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Kola Badejo
badejo@un.org

Co-organized by the African Union Commission and the UN Global Compact, this Forum will convene leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss partnership projects and the achievement of the MDGs on the African continent. This Forum will promote good governance and mobilize the African business community to advance the UN Global Compact's ten principles.


Engaging Philanthropy to Promote Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

22 February 2010
New York, USA

Ursula Wynhoven
wynhoven@un.org
Human Rights | Labour

As a part of "International Corporate Philanthropy Day" a roster of foundations (corporate and non-corporate), private sector companies and civil society representatives that have a particular interest in the areas of gender empowerment and women’s equality will gather. Supported by the Global Compact the event will be hosted by ECOSOC and organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs with the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) in collaboration with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) and the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM).


Marketplace on Innovative Financial Solutions for Development

4-5 March 2010
Paris, France

Contact

Convened by the French Development Agency (AFD), together with the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and endorsed by the Global Compact the objective of this event is to highlight and discuss innovative financial mechanisms to respond to development challenges at the local, regional and global levels. It will be structured around a Conference, Workshops and Marketplace activities and will address issues such as financial access for SME, insurance products and innovating finance for CSR in developing countries.

Website


Celebration of International Women's Day

9 March 2010
New York, USA

Ursula Wynhoven
wynhoven@un.org
Human Rights | Labour

Co-convened by the UN Global Compact and UNIFEM, this multi-stakeholder event will explore the practical relevance and implementation of the revised Women's Empowerment Principles - Equality Means Business.

 


Agenda (pdf)


Global Compact Asia Pacific Regional Conclave 2010

16-17 March 2010
New Delhi, India

Soren Petersen
petersens@un.org
Local Networks

Organized by the Global Compact Network, India and in partnership with the UN Global Compact Office the event will gather representatives from various sectors across the region. The event will explore the role of the Global Compact in facilitating and enhancing engagement of enterprises in the Asia –Pacific region on Responsible Business initiatives.


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Second meeting of Caring for Climate Signatories

7-8 April 2010
Geneva, Switzerland

Lila Karbassi
karbassi@un.org
Environment

Convened by the UN Global Compact, the second meeting of the Caring for Climate Signatories will take place at UN Headquarters in Geneva. The event will bring together corporate practitioners climate experts and civil society leaders and will focus on the topic of climate change and development. Participants will share cutting edge practices in managing risks and opportunities related to climate change, poverty alleviation and global issues. The event will address  implications of the United Nations Climate Conference (COP15) for business as well as prepare Caring for Climate Signatories for the Global Compact Leaders Summit on 24-25 June 2010.



Business for the Environment (B4E) 2010

22-23 April 2010
Seoul, South Korea

Lila Karbassi
karbassi@un.org
Environment

A leading international conference for dialogue and business-driven action on the environment. The summit will address the most urgent environmental challenges faced by the world today.


Event website


UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010:
Building a New Era of Sustainability

24-25 June 2010
New York, USA

Jonas Haertle
haertle@un.org
Nessa Whelan
whelan@un.org

 

The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010: Building a New Era of Sustainability will bring together chief executives with leaders from civil society, government and the UN to elevate the role of responsible business and investment in bringing about the needed transformation to more sustainable and inclusive markets.

The Leaders Summit 2010 will provide the platform for business to convene, collaborate and commit to building a new era of sustainability. It will also mark the initiative’s 10th Anniversary, with milestones and best practices celebrated during a special Gala Dinner. Under the chairmanship of the UN Secretary-General, this triennial Summit is the largest and highest-level United Nations event for business leaders.

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Last updated: 24 December 2009