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MARCH 2011

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Differentiation Programme Officially Launched, COP Policy Updated
2. UN Secretary-General Appoints New Global Compact Board Members
3. Investors Call for Sustainability Disclosure from Listed Companies
4. Local Network News and Updates:

  • Regional Meeting in Asia-Pacific
  • Global Compact Management Model Training Series Launched

5. Global Compact Introduced in Iran
6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment  Principles
2. Join Caring for Climate
3. More Opportunities: Addressing Corruption, Human Rights Dilemmas Forum and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership – Available in all UN languages
2. Supply Chain Sustainability – A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement

EVENTS

1. Equality Means Business: Putting Principles into Practice (9–10 March, New York)
2. Global Compact's Anti-Corruption Tools and Resources (29 Mar, Webinar)
3. Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value - How do We Get There? (29 March, Webinar)
4. IX Annual Local Networks Forum (17–20 May, Copenhagen)


 
Event Calendar

March
Supply Chain Sustainability 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)
2nd Webinar of the Climate and Development Working Group (17 March, Webinar)
MDGs, the Global Compact and the Common Good (20–22 Mar, South Bend)
Global Compact's Anti-Corruption Tools and Resources (29 Mar, Webinar)
Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value - How do We Get There? (29 Mar, Webinar)

April
2011 Business and Industry Global Dialogue (11–12 Apr, Paris)
UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting (12–13 Apr, Paris)
2011 Annual Summit of Green Companies (21-22 Apr, Qingdao)

May
Webinar on Anti-Corruption Projects in Five Countries (3 May, Webinar)
4th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries – Private Sector Track (9–13 May, Istanbul)
IX Annual Local Networks Forum (17–20 May, Copenhagen)

  • Human Rights Working Group Meeting (17 May)
  • Caring for Climate: 3rd Meeting of Signatories (17 May)
  • Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting (17 May)
  • Meeting of the Expert Group on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected & High-Risk Areas: A Resource for Companies & Investors (17 May)
  • Meeting on Children’s Rights and Business Principles (17 May)

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. Differentiation Programme Officially Launched, COP Policy Updated
After a four-month test phase, the Global Compact has officially launched the Differentiation Programme – a framework for companies to differentiate themselves based on the extent to which their Communication on Progress (COP) describes implementation of the ten Global Compact principles and related areas. Upon submitting the next COP, a company will be categorized as “GC Active” or can self-declare as “GC Advanced” based on 24 criteria around disclosure and progress made.

Companies whose COPs do not meet the minimum requirements to achieve GC Active status will be given a twelve-month period to meet the minimum requirements. During this time, these companies will have access to a Learners Platform, a programme designed to help companies achieve the level of disclosure and transparency expected for the GC Active level. More. About the Differentiation Programme. Download COP Policy.

2. UN Secretary-General Appoints New Global Compact Board Members
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed six new members to the Board of the Global Compact (1 March, New York) following recommendations made by the Board’s Nominations Committee. The new Board members are: Ms. Monica De Greiff, Chief Executive Officer, Grupo Energía de Bogotá, Colombia; Mr. Björn Hägglund, Board Member, Alfa Laval AB, Sweden; Mr. Pierre Sane, President, Imagine Africa International; Ms. Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director-General, IUCN; Mr. Philip Jennings, General Secretary, UNI Global Union; and Mr. Jean-Guy Carrier, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce. More. Download full list of Global Compact Board Members

3. Investors Call for Sustainability Disclosure from Listed Companies
Twenty-four institutional investors - representing US$1.6 Trillion – led by Aviva Investors have written to 30 of the world’s largest stock exchanges asking that they address inadequate sustainability reporting (22 February, London). The aim is to encourage stock exchanges to consider how to improve the quality of sustainability reporting by listed companies. More

4. Local Network News and Updates:

  • Regional Meeting in Asia-Pacific
    Delegates representing 17 Global Compact Local Networks from the Asia-Pacific region convened to assess progress made, exchange experiences and plan future activities (11 February, Bali). The network representatives presented and discussed a wide variety of approaches to the local implementation of the Global Compact’s mission and committed to further strengthening their communication and collaboration. More.
  • Global Compact Management Model Training Series Launched
    A special training session was convened (3 February, New York) focusing on the Global Compact Management Model – a framework for the implementation of the Global Compact's ten principles by business. The session was the first in a planned series of at least ten such training sessions to take place in Global Compact Local Networks around the world. More.

5. Global Compact Introduced in Iran
The Global Compact was introduced in Iran on the occasion of the First International Corporate Social Responsibility Congress (15 February, Tehran). The event was attended by 150 participants representing business, the employers federation, academia, civil society and international organizations. Participants discussed how corporate responsibility can be promoted and advanced in the Iranian business community. More.

6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In February, 108 companies and 47 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 54 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: G4S plc (United Kingdom), Atento (Spain), Stockmann Group (Finland), Bank Uralsib (Russian Federation), Elion Resources Group Co. Ltd. (China), Unimed Fortaleza - Cooperativa de Trabalhos Medicos LTDA (Brazil), DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale (Germany), Mibanco Banco de la Microempresa S.A. (Peru), Progreso Division Cemento y Adyacencias (Guatemala) and Sysmex Corporation (Japan).
       
    Total figures as of 28 February:

  • Business participants: 6,137
  • Non-business participants: 2,547
  • COPs received: 10,517
  • Delisted business participants: 2,109

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment  Principles – Call for Signatures ahead of 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day
The Global Compact encourages top executives to sign the CEO Statement of Support for the Women's Empowerment Principles. By signing the Statement, 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.

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).

2. Join Caring for Climate
Caring for Climate (C4C) is a global business leadership platform on climate change jointly convened by the Global Compact and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Through C4C, companies advance and showcase climate-change policies and solutions and contribute to key governmental deliberations, especially linked to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012 which will set the sustainability agenda for the next decade. Supported by 400 companies in 65 countries, C4C is open to all Global Compact participants. More information.

C4C requires the written endorsement of the Chief Executive Officer or Chair in a letter addressed to climatechange@unglobalcompact.org. Endorsing companies commit to undertake efforts to address climate change and to publicly report on their progress.

3. More Opportunities: Addressing Corruption, Human Rights Dilemmas Forum 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. Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership – Available in all UN languages: A model for corporate sustainability leadership that offers an aspirational but attainable strategy for companies to generate maximum value through the Global Compact. Criteria for leadership practice are identified related to: implementation of principles; action in support of broader UN goals and issues; and engagement in the Global Compact.  The Blueprint is now available in all UN languages. Download: لعربية | 中文 | English | Français | Русский | Español

2. Supply Chain Sustainability – A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement: Presents practical steps for how Global Compact signatories can implement the ten principles throughout their supply chains and integrate sustainability into procurement strategies. The guide includes examples of good corporate practices. Download.

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

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EVENTS

1. Equality Means Business: Putting Principles into Practice (9–10 March, New York)
INVITATION ONLY – One year after the launch of the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), the Global Compact and UN Women will convene representatives from the private sector, Government, civil society and the UN. The event, held on the occasion of the 100th Annual International Women’s Day, will take stock of how the WEPs have been operationalized to advance company efforts to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community and identify areas for improvement.
 
View the live webcast of the first day of the event (9 March). The UN Secretary-General will open the event at 8:50am EST. Access the live webcast.  

2. Global Compact's Anti-Corruption Tools and Resources (29 Mar, Webinar)
OPEN INVITATION – The session aims to enhance the understanding of existing Anti-Corruption tools and resources. Discussion will also focus on how these resources can assist business participants in improving their Anti-Corruption practices. The webinar is open to all Global Compact participants.

To register for the webinar contact Da Woon Chung (chungd@un.org)

3. Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value - How do We Get There? (29 March, Webinar)
OPEN INVITATION – This one hour webinar, convened by the ILO, will explore the underlying causes of the gender pay gap, and the development of workplace policies and practices to address this inequality. The webinar will introduce the “equal pay and work of equal value” principle and the practical tool for managers: "Promoting equity through gender neutral job evaluations: A step-by-step guide”.
 
The webinar will begin at 9:30am (EST). To register, please contact Venu Keesari (webinar@unglobalcompact.org).

4. IX Annual Local Networks Forum (17–20 May, Copenhagen)
INVITATION ONLY – The Forum is the Global Compact’s annual working-level event which convenes representatives from country networks, as well as issue specific working groups and platforms (for example, Human Rights, Caring for Climate, CEO Water Mandate, Anti-Corruption, Business and Peace). A truly global gathering, the Forum will feature dialogue – and cutting-edge examples – related to advancing key issues at both local and global levels.

For more information contact Walid Nagi (nagi@un.org).
 


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Published 3 March 2011