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OCTOBER 2011

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Global Business Leaders Push for Sustainable Energy at UN Private Sector Forum
2. Leveraging Local Network to Advance Collective Action Efforts in South Africa
3. UNFCC Joins Forces with Caring for Climate
4. Human Rights Working Group Convenes under New Terms of Reference
5. PRI Conference Links Long-Term Investing With Financial Stability
6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Comment on Discussion Paper: IIRC Integrated Reporting
2. Call for Nominations: The Business Leader's Award To Fight Human Trafficking
3. More Opportunities: Low Carbon Leaders, Anti-Corruption Good Practices

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. A Global Compact for Sustainable Energy – A Framework for Business Action
2. Catalyzing Transformational Partnerships between the United Nations and Business
3. Partnership Fundamentals – A 10-step Guide for Creating Effective UN-Business Partnerships
4. The Responsible Investor’s Guide to Commodities – An Overview of Best Practices across Commodity-Exposed Asset Classes
5. Advantage Energy – Emerging Economies, Developing Countries and the Private-Public Sector Interface
6. PRiMEtime Blog

EVENTS

1. Local Network Regional Meeting Europe (26-28 Oct, Rome)
2. Eradicating Forced Labour from Global Supply Chains (26 Oct, Online)
3. World Food Day Special Ceremony for the Horn of Africa (27 Oct, New York)

  Event Calendar

October
1st PRME Middle East/North Africa Forum (2-3 Oct, Cairo)
4th Supply Chain Sustainability Advisory Group Meeting (4 Oct, London)
Eradicating Forced Labour from Global Supply Chains (26 Oct, Online)
Local Network Regional Meeting Europe (26-28 Oct, Rome)
World Food Day Special Ceremony for the Horn of Africa (27 Oct, New York)

November
Local Network Regional Meeting Latin America (8 Nov, Mexico City)
Roundtable for ASEAN Business Leaders: Implementing Corporate Respect for Human Rights (10 Nov, Kuala Lumpur)
Local Network Regional Meeting Asia (21 Nov, Seoul)
ILO Gender Academy Training (21 Nov - 2 Dec, Turin)
2nd PRME Asia Forum (26 Nov, Beijing)
Implementing Labour Principles in Global Supply Chains Training (30 Nov – 2 Dec, Turin)

December
Second Annual World Climate Summit (3-4 Dec, Durban)
1st PRME Latin America Regional Meeting (6-7 Dec, Buenos Aires)

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

 


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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Global Business Leaders Push for Sustainable Energy at UN Private Sector Forum
The UN Private Sector Forum on Sustainable Energy for All (20 Sep, New York) focused on ways in which the private sector, together with governments, the UN and civil society organizations, can help advance the Secretary-General’s new Sustainable Energy for All initiative. At the Forum the Framework for Business Action was introduced to help companies contribute to the initiative – a global call for bold action to achieve universal energy access, improve energy efficiency and grow the share of renewable energy by 2030. More.

2. Leveraging Local Network to Advance Collective Action Efforts in South Africa
The Anti-Corruption Policy Dialogue and Collective Action Workshop (27-28 Sep, Johannesburg) featured a high-level forum, training sessions, and a joint regional meeting of the Africa and MENA Local Networks. Participants discussed ways that business-led collective action approaches can contribute to the country’s fight against corruption. The event marked the launch of a collective action project in South Africa which will begin with the Local Network engaging local business and government to develop an integrity pact. More. More information on the Regional Meeting of the Africa and MENA Local Networks.   

3. UNFCC Joins Forces with Caring for Climate
The Global Compact, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) signed an agreement (19 September, New York) to join forces on Caring for Climate, the Global Compact-UNEP initiative aimed at advancing the role of business in addressing climate change. The three organizations will work together to better align Caring for Climate with the climate policy agenda and enhance the visibility of business actions in the process. More.

4. Human Rights Working Group Convenes under New Terms of Reference
The Global Compact Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) met to discuss how to promote the respect and support for human rights among Global Compact participants and in business more generally (28-29 Sep, Geneva). The HRWG recently revised its Terms of Reference to articulate clearer rules of engagement and accountability measures for the group’s members. More.

5. PRI Conference Links Long-Term Investing With Financial Stability
The UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) convened its fifth annual conference with leading investors (15-16 Sep, Paris). During the event the importance of adopting long-term investment policies as a way to achieve greater financial stability in global markets was stressed. In addition, several Global Compact-oriented initiatives and resources were launched. More. Learn more about the newly launched initiatives and resources.

6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In September, 157 companies and 42 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 107 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Itella Corporation (Finland), Van Gansewinkel Groep (Netherlands), Sensis Pty Ltd. (Australia), Scotiabank Chile (Chile), Treasury Wine Estates Limited (Australia), C&D Technologies, Inc. (US), Woori Investment & Securities (Republic of Korea), Rimac Internacional Compania de Seguros y Reaseguros (Peru), Staffing de Colombia (Colombia) and Westfleisch Group (Germany).
       
    Total figures as of 30 September:

  • Business participants: 6,301
  • Non-business participants: 2,900
  • COPs submitted: 12,667
  • Delisted business participants: 2,799

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Comment on Discussion Paper: IIRC Integrated Reporting
Integrated Reporting demonstrates the linkages between an organization’s strategy, governance and financial performance and the social, environmental and economic context within which it operates. By reinforcing these connections, Integrated Reporting can help business to take more sustainable decisions and enable investors and other stakeholders to understand how an organization is performing. By addressing the material issues for an organization, an Integrated Report should demonstrate in a clear and concise manner an organization’s ability to create and sustain value in the short, medium and longer term.

The International Integrated Reporting Committee is calling for feedback on its recently released discussion paper Towards Integrated Reporting - Communicating Value in the 21st Century. Learn more about the discussion paper consultation. Please contact Jerome Lavigne-Delville (lavigne@un.org) for more information.

2. Call for Nominations: The Business Leader's Award To Fight Human Trafficking
In partnership with the Global Compact and UN.GIFT, End Human Trafficking Now has launched a call for nominations to acknowledge the vision, creativity and contribution of business leaders in identifying, combating and preventing trafficking in persons.

Learn more about the award, eligibility criteria and access the nomination form (In English) (En Español) (En Français).

3. More Opportunities: Low Carbon Leaders, Anti-Corruption Good Practices
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. A Global Compact for Sustainable Energy – A Framework for Business Action: Aims to motivate and guide business engagement and action in support of the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. In keeping with the initiative’s 2030 targets, the Framework identifies how companies can have the most significant impact – through their core business operations as well as product and service development; through social investments and philanthropy; and through advocacy and public policy engagement. Download.

2. Catalyzing Transformational Partnerships between the United Nations and Business: Presents the findings of a Task Force formed to review UN-business partnerships, and provides their recommendations to both the UN and business for enhancing the effectiveness and scale of partnerships. Download the publication. | Download the Executive Summary.

3. Partnership Fundamentals – A 10-step Guide for Creating Effective UN-Business Partnerships: Serves as a step-by-step roadmap for building effective partnerships, and provides a method to diagnose existing ones with the aim of increasing the partnership’s transformational potential. Download.

4. The Responsible Investor’s Guide to Commodities – An Overview of Best Practices across Commodity-Exposed Asset Classes: Seeks to improve the understanding of environmental, social and governance issues in commodity investments with a view to identifying and promoting best practices in this area. Download.

5. Advantage Energy – Emerging Economies, Developing Countries and the Private-Public Sector Interface: Examines the global energy system by breaking it into three subsystems: heat energy, electricity and transportation. This perspective provides a means to articulate the differences and similarities between the private and public investments needed by each subsystem. Download.

6. PRiMEtime Blog: Highlights best practices to mainstream sustainability and responsible leadership into management education globally. PRiMEtime will serve as an interactive platform to share and discuss activities promoting the development of responsible leaders. Access the Blog.
 

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

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EVENTS

1. Local Network Regional Meeting Europe (26-28 Oct, Rome)
– OPEN TO LOCAL NETWORK REPRESENTATIVES WITH OPERATIONS IN EUROPE – Global Compact Local Network Focal Points from Europe will meet to discuss implementation of the Global Compact in the region, with a special focus on mobilizing efforts ahead of Rio+20. The meeting will include training on the Global Compact Management Model. The training will have a special focus on implementing and communicating on Anti-Corruption issues.

Please contact Ylenia Tommasato (y.tommasato@globalcompactnetwork.org) if you have questions regarding the Regional Meeting. Please contact Christine Weinreich (weinreich@un.org), if you have questions regarding the Management Model training.

2. Eradicating Forced Labour from Global Supply Chains (26 Oct, Online)
– OPEN TO GLOBAL COMPACT BUSINESS PARTICIPANTS – Forced labour and human trafficking can present a risk to business both within internal operations and global supply chains. This webinar will provide practical guidance for businesses on how to work with trade unions, civil society groups and public policy actors to eliminate forced labour and trafficking.

The webinar will be held from 9:30am – 10:30am EDT. Register for the webinar

3. World Food Day Special Ceremony for the Horn of Africa (27 Oct, New York)
– OPEN TO GLOBAL COMPACT BUSINESS PARTICIPANTS – In light of the dire situation in the Horn of Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will mark World Food Day by focusing on the drought and famine taking hold in the region. The event will bring together prominent figures and opinion leaders from the UN system, humanitarian and development organizations, the private sector, and civil society.

The event will be held from 1pm-2.45pm, at the Millennium Plaza Hotel.  Click here to learn more. To register, please contact Adrienne Gardaz (gardaz@un.org).
 

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Published 7 October 2011