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UN GLOBAL COMPACT BULLETIN

JANUARY 2011

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. New Anti-Corruption Projects Focus on Collective Action and Business Education
2. Business Makes Case for Low-Carbon Economy at Cancún Meetings
3. Business Leaders Acknowledged for Efforts to End Human Trafficking
4. Local Network Launches in Costa Rica and Montenegro
5. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Draft Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights: Open for Consultation
2. More Opportunities: Low-Carbon Leaders, Partnership Opportunities to Support Sustainable Development and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: New Themes Launched
2. Human Trafficking Resources

  • E-Learning Tool on Human Trafficking
  • Luxor Implementation Guidelines to the Athens Ethical Principles

3. The Fight Against Corruption: E-Learning Tool

EVENTS

1. The Responsibility to Respect Human Rights, the UN Protect-Respect-Remedy Framework and the Draft Guiding Principles (20 January, Webinar)
2. UN Global Compact Management Model Training (3 February, New York)


 
Event Calendar

January
Business Side Event, Rio+20 1st Intersessional Meeting (10–11 Jan, New York)
Responsibility to Respect Human Rights, the UN Protect-Respect-Remedy Framework and the Draft Guiding Principles (20 Jan, Webinar)
Launch of Global Compact LEAD (28 Jan, Davos)

February
UN Global Compact Management Model Training (3 Feb, New York)
Partnering with the Philanthropic Community to Promote Education for All (28 Feb, New York)

March
Supply Chain Advisory Group Meeting (2–4 Mar, Mexico City)
Business Side Event, Rio+20 Prepcom 2 (7–8 Mar, New York)
3rd Annual Event on the Women’s Empowerment Principles (9–10 Mar, New York)
MDGs, the Global Compact and the Common Good (20–22 Mar, South Bend)
2011 UNEP Business and Industry Global Dialogue: From CSD-18 to Rio+20 (21–22 Mar, Paris)

April
UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting (12–13 Apr, Paris)

May
4th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries – Private Sector Track (9–13 May, Istanbul)
Caring for Climate: 3rd Meeting of Signatories (17 May, Cairo)
Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting (17 May, Cairo)
IX Annual Local Networks Forum (18–19 May, Cairo)

September
Union for Global Sustainability (14–15 Sept, Rio de Janeiro)
UN Private Sector Forum (Date TBD, New York)

Please visit the Event Calendar on our website to learn more about the listed events.


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NEWS & UPDATES

1. New Anti-Corruption Projects Focus on Collective Action and Business Education
The Global Compact announced (9 December, New York) the launch of two global projects to advance implementation of its anti-corruption agenda. The projects are funded by grants from the Siemens Integrity Initiative, which was launched as part of the comprehensive settlement between Siemens AG and the World Bank. The Global Compact projects aim to promote collective action through Global Compact Local Networks and sensitize future business leaders by developing anti-corruption guidelines for curriculum change in business schools. More.

2. Business Makes Case for Low-Carbon Economy at Cancún Meetings
Over 800 representatives of business, finance, and Government gathered at the World Climate Summit (5 December, Cancún), held in conjunction with the UN Climate Change Conference. The Summit focused on the crucial role of the private sector in moving towards a clean energy economy and highlighted key steps, such as accelerating business collaborations and implementing bottom-up solutions to climate change. More.

Days earlier, CEOs convened in Cancún at the Business Action for Climate 2010 event (1 December) to emphasize to government and UN leaders the urgency of building a low-carbon economy for global prosperity, health, security and safety. President Felipe Calderón of Mexico urged: "It is possible to have economic growth and at the same time it is possible to fight climate change.” More

3. Business Leaders Acknowledged for Work to End Human Trafficking
At the conclusion of a high level forum on human trafficking (12 December, Luxor) hosted by End Human Trafficking Now! and UN.GIFT, the first Business Leader’s Award to Fight Human Trafficking was presented to three corporate executives. Business efforts to combat human trafficking are an essential part of the response, including leveraging core business strengths, corporate responsibility, social marketing and social entrepreneurship. More

4. Local Network Launches in Costa Rica and Montenegro
Representatives from business, civil society, Government and the United Nations participated in the official launch of the Global Compact Local Network Costa Rica (1 December, San José). The network was realized through the support of UNDP Costa Rica, the National Advisory Council on Social Responsibility (CCNRS) and the Global Compact Regional Support Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean. More.

The Deputy Prime Minister Vujica Lazovic addressed a gathering of business, civil society, Government, labour and the UN to mark the official launch of the Global Compact Local Network Montenegro (9 December, Budva). The network will establish a steering committee to oversee implementation of network activities. More.

5. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In December, 98 companies and 44 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 51 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: METRO GROUP (Germany), MAN SE (Germany), Posten Norden AB (Sweden), Bristol-Myers Squibb (USA) and DIC Corporation (Japan).
       
    Total figures as of 31 December:

  • Business participants: 6,287
  • Non-business participants: 2,461
  • COPs received: 10,153
  • Delisted business participants: 1,766

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Draft Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights: Open for Consultation
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, posted the draft “Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the UN ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework” to an online consultation forum. The Guiding Principles elaborate and clarify for companies, states and other stakeholders how they can operationalize the framework, by taking practical steps to address business impacts on the human rights of individuals.

The forum, intended to gather views from a broad range of stakeholders, will remain open until 31 January 2011. More information.

2. More Opportunities: Low-Carbon Leaders, Partnership Opportunities to Support Sustainable Development and more
Many of the engagement opportunities announced in past issues of the Bulletin are still active. View the full list of Engagement Opportunities.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum – New Themes Launched:

  • “How does a responsible business address the need for stability when investing in or funding long-term projects, where the inclusion of stabilisation clauses in investment contracts can discourage host states from applying higher human rights standards?"
  • "How do companies that sell products that can easily be misused to infringe human rights protect against such misuse, so that that their legitimate sale can continue?"

These are the latest additions to a series of interactive human rights Dilemma Workbooks launched as part of the Global Compact Human Rights Solution Forum. Access the Workbooks.

2. Human Trafficking Resources

  • E-Learning Tool on Human Trafficking: Helps business better understand human trafficking, identifies areas where they may be at risk and presents actions to address these risks. Access the Resource.
  • Luxor Implementation Guidelines to the Athens Ethical Principles – Comprehensive Compliance Programme for Businesses: Facilitates implementation of the Athens Principles – seven values against human trafficking endorsed by companies in 2006. Download.

3. The Fight Against Corruption – E-Learning Tool: Offers an online learning platform for companies to obtain practical guidance on how to fight corruption in all forms through six interactive dilemma scenarios. Access the Resource.

Please visit the Tools and Resources webpage to access all material issued by the Global Compact.

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EVENTS

1. The Responsibility to Respect Human Rights, the UN Protect-Respect-Remedy Framework and the Draft Guiding Principles (20 January, Webinar)
– OPEN INVITATION – This 1.5 hour webinar will introduce the UN Protect-Respect-Remedy Framework and the Draft Guiding Principles, which are open for consultation until the end of January 2011, and will elaborate on their relevance for the UN Global Compact, especially Global Compact principle 1. There will be opportunities to ask questions and make comments.
 
The webinar will begin at 10am EST. To register for the event contact Lauren Gula (gulal@un.org).

2. UN Global Compact Management Model Training (3 February, New York)
– OPEN INVITATION – The training, following the Global Compact Management Model launched at the Leaders Summit 2010, will help signatories define a true management system for integrating corporate responsibility across the entire organization and holistically address the broad spectrum of issues which are framed in the ten principles of the Global Compact.
 
The training will take place from 2pm to 5pm EST. Hosted by the Global Compact Network United States in collaboration with Deloitte. To register, please contact Jerome Lavigne-Delville (lavigne@un.org).


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Published 12 January 2011