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APRIL 2011

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. More than 160 CEOs Support UN Women’s Empowerment Principles
2. Local Network News and Updates

  • Launch of Local Network Exchange Programme
  • Networks Launch Series Addressing Business and Peace

3. Inaugural LEAD Symposium Addresses Role of Corporate Boards in Achieving Sustainability
4. New Report Explores the Links between International Business and Poverty Reduction
5. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
 

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Join Caring for Climate
2. More Opportunities: Children’s Rights and Business Principles, Addressing Corruption

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights
2. RESIST – Resisting Extortion and Solicitation in International Transactions (Expanded Version)
3. Global Compact Governance: Why Context Matters 

EVENTS

1. Joining Forces Against Corruption – G20 Business and Government (27–28 April, Paris)
2. UN Global Compact Week (16–20 May, Copenhagen)
3. Principles for Responsible Management Education Summit (7–8 June, Brussels)

 

Event Calendar

April
2011 Business and Industry Global Dialogue (11–12 Apr, Paris)
UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting (12–13 Apr, Paris)
Local Networks COP Webinars (14 April and 18 April, Webinar)
2011 Annual Summit of Green Companies (21-22 Apr, Qingdao)
Joining Forces against Corruption – G20 Business and Government (27–28 April, Paris)

May
Webinar on Anti-Corruption Projects in Five Countries (3 May, Webinar)
Child Rights and Business Principles Initiative Consultation with the Corporate Sector (5 May, London)
4th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries – Private Sector Track (9–13 May, Istanbul)
UN Global Compact Week (16–20 May, Copenhagen)

June
Principles for Responsible Management Education Summit (7–8 June, Brussels)

September
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. More than 160 CEOs Support Women’s Empowerment Principles
Declaring that gender equality in the private sector is “good for business”, 167 chief executives from around the world have signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles—Equality Means Business. UN Women and the Global Compact released the list of executives at the Equality Means Business: Putting Principles into Practice conference (9 March, New York), which marked the first anniversary of the launch of the principles. More. View list of CEO signatories

2. Local Network News and Updates:

  • Launch of Local Network Exchange Programme
    The Global Compact and the Spanish Local Network launched the Local Network Exchange Programme (8 March, Madrid) convening contact persons representing Local Networks in Zimbabwe, Belgium, Egypt, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. The Exchange Programme seeks to foster collaboration among Local Networks by providing an opportunity to share experiences and identify best practices across regional boundaries. More.
  • Networks Launch Series Addressing Business and Peace
    The first in a series of Local Network meetings on business and peace (1 March, Berlin) underscored the increasing importance attributed to the joint Global Compact - PRI publication for investors and companies on “Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas". Additional events are planned throughout 2011 in a variety of Local Networks. More.

3. Inaugural LEAD Symposium Addresses Role of Corporate Boards in Achieving Sustainability
At the Global Compact LEAD inaugural symposium (29 March, Atlanta) participants explored a central dimension of achieving sustainable business success: the link between corporate governance and sustainability. Specific topics addressed at the symposium included the unique role and responsibilities that boards play in overseeing corporate sustainability, board structure and composition, and collaboration with investors and business schools. More

4. New Report Explores the Links between International Business and Poverty Reduction
The Global Compact co-hosted a panel discussion (29 March, New York) on a new report developed by Oxfam America, The Coca-Cola Company and SABMiller that details a framework for measuring private sector impacts on communities. “Exploring the Links between International Business and Poverty Reduction” analyzes value chains to provide a comprehensive understanding of how companies are impacting sustainable livelihoods, health and well-being, diversity and gender, empowerment, and security and stability, all key dimensions of poverty. More. Download.

5. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In March, 145 companies and 54 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 150 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: HNA Group Company Limited (China), Danish Crown (Denmark), Posten Norge AS (Norway), Teijin Limited (Japan) and Auchan Polska (Poland).

Total figures as of 31 March:

  • Business participants: 6,111
  • Non-business participants: 2,600
  • COPs received: 10,788
  • Delisted business participants: 2,262

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunities are intended for Global Compact stakeholders unless otherwise indicated.

1. 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.

2. More Opportunities: Children’s Rights and Business Principles, Addressing Corruption
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. Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights: Seeks to provide an authoritative global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse human rights impacts linked to business activity. The Principles are the product of six years of research and extensive consultations led by the Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, involving governments, companies, business associations, civil society, affected individuals and groups, investors and others around the world. More information. Download.

2. RESIST – Resisting Extortion and Solicitation in International Transactions (Expanded Version):
Provides a scenario-based tool for employee training on resisting extortion and solicitation in international transactions. The resource was expanded to include additional scenarios. Download.

3. Global Compact Governance – Why Context Matters:
Elaborates on the governance structure of the Global Compact. The paper clarifies aspects of the Global Compact’s multi-centric governance framework. Download.

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

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EVENTS

1. Joining Forces Against Corruption – G20 Business and Government (27–28 April, Paris)
OPEN TO GLOBAL COMPACT PARTICIPANTS BASED IN G20 COUNTRIES – The G20 Agenda for Action on Combating Corruption, Promoting Market Integrity, and Supporting a Clean Business Environment calls for closer engagement between governments and the private sector. This conference will identify ways to enhance business contributions to advancing the G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan. The conference will be the first step in responding to this call to further enhance public-private partnerships to tackle corruption.  

For more information, please contact Ms. Mary Crane-Charef (Mary.Crane-Charef@oecd.org). To register for the conference, visit the event website

2. UN Global Compact Week (16–20 May, Copenhagen)
INVITATION ONLY – UN Global Compact Week will convene practitioners who are engaged in the initiative’s working groups, issue platforms and Local Networks. The Week will feature the Global Compact Annual Meeting, the Annual Local Networks Forum and a variety of issue-specific meetings. This global gathering of the most active companies and organizations is designed for working-level representatives to share experiences across issues and countries.

For more information and detailed schedule of events, please see the event website or contact alnf@unglobalcompact.org.

3. Principles for Responsible Management Education Summit (7–8 June, Brussels)
OPEN INVITATION – Held under the theme of Partnership in Responsibility: Embedding PRME in Support of the Corporation of the 21st Century, the PRME Summit will foster dialogue between business, business schools and other stakeholders around responsible business challenges, needs and innovative business practices. It will provide a platform for educational institutions to interact, as well as address corporate expectations on management education/development.

For more information contact Ms. Lisle Ferreira, Manager, PRME Secretariat ferreira@unglobalcompact.org. Register for the event

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Published 7 April 2011