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JANUARY 2012

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Updated Criteria for GC Advanced Level
2. Caring for Climate Signatories Meet with UNFCCC Secretariat
3. Secretary-General Asks Global Compact Board to Address Public-Private Partnership Agenda
4. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Stay Engaged through New Social Media Platforms
2. More Opportunities: Women’s Empowerment Principles, Seeking Examples of Anti-Corruption Efforts in Action and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Water Resources:

  • New CEO Water Mandate Website
  • Platform for Corporate Water Assessment

EVENTS

1. Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation & Collaboration for the Future We Want (15-18 June, Rio de Janeiro)
2. Business Perspective on Sustainable Growth: Preparing for Rio+20 (14-16 Feb, New York)
3. Copenhagen Fashion Summit (3 May, Copenhagen)
 

  Event Calendar

January
Supply Chain Sustainability Advisory Group Meeting (24-25 Jan, New York)

February
Business Perspective on Sustainable Growth: Preparing for Rio+20 (14-16 Feb, New York)

March
Annual Event on the Women’s Empowerment Principles (6 Mar, New York)
Children’s Rights and Business Principles Launch (12 Mar, London)
Global Compact Collective Action Against Corruption: Progress Report (15 Mar, webinar)
Dow Jones Global Compliance Symposium (27-28 Mar, Washington)
UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting (28-29 Mar, Vienna)

April
Sports Sponsorship and Corruption (18 Apr, webinar)

May
Copenhagen Fashion Summit (3 May, Copenhagen)

June
Annual Local Networks Forum (15 June, Rio de Janeiro)
PRME Global Forum (15 June, Rio de Janeiro)
Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation & Collaboration for the Future We Want (15-18 June, Rio de Janeiro)

September
PRME Australia/New Zealand Regional Meeting (27 Sep, Brisbane)

December
PRME Asian Forum (8-9 Dec, Tokyo)

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

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Updated Criteria for GC Advanced Level
Effective 1 January 2012, GC Advanced criteria has been updated to reflect a closer alignment with core United Nations and Global Compact resources, including the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Anti-corruption Reporting Guidance, and with key performance indicators of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Other best practices were improved based on results and feedback from the first year of the Programme. View the criteria. Learn more about Communications on Progress.

2. Caring for Climate Signatories Meet with UNFCCC Secretariat
Signatories of Caring for Climate met (6 December, Durban) for the first time with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the sidelines of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17). Participants discussed best and emerging practices, ways of enhancing cooperation with policymakers, and ideas for concrete projects to be developed in the lead-up to COP18 later this year. More. Learn about Caring for Climate.

3. Secretary-General Asks Global Compact Board to Address Public-Private Partnership Agenda
The Global Compact Board met at UN Headquarters (15-16 December, New York) to discuss strategies for taking the initiative to scale, engagement by subsidiaries, small- and medium-sized enterprises and non-business stakeholders, preparations for Rio+20, and integrity measures. In the meeting the UN Secretary-General asked that the Board be reconstituted by Rio+20 to provide guidance on public-private partnerships in support of broader UN goals, in addition to its current focus on implementation of Global Compact principles. More.  

4. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In December, a record 309 companies and 59 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 106 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: ABM Industries Incorporated (USA), CSR Corporation Limited (China), China National Machinery Industry Corporation (China), China National Gold Group Corporation (China), Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. (China), bpost NV (Belgium), Telstra Corporation (Australia), Rexel Group (France), Usina de Acucar Santa Terezinha Ltda. (Brazil), Ferrero International (Luxembourg).
       
Total figures as of 31 December:

  • Business participants: 6,831
  • Non-business participants: 3,056
  • COPs submitted: 13,872
  • Delisted business participants: 3,011

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Stay Engaged through New Social Media Platforms

  • Join the discussion of the LinkedIn subgroup for Global Compact Communications on Progress, which aims to provide commentary on participant COPs.
  • Follow the work of the Women's Empowerment Principles on Twitter at @WEPrinciples.

2. More Opportunities: Women’s Empowerment Principles, Seeking Examples of Anti-Corruption Efforts in Action 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. Water Resources: 

  • New CEO Water Mandate Website: Makes the business case for corporate action on water and provides access to an array of resources relevant to companies seeking to better understand how they can improve their water performance and reduce water-related business risks. Visit the website.
  • Platform for Corporate Water Assessment: Describes and assesses the strengths and weaknesses of specific corporate water assessment tools. A joint project of the CEO Water Mandate and UNEP platform. Access the platform.

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

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EVENTS

1. Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation & Collaboration for the Future We Want (15-18 June, Rio de Janeiro)
– BY INVITATION ONLY – Organized by the Global Compact, the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum will give business and investors an opportunity to meet with governments, local authorities, civil society and UN entities in dozens of highly focused workshops and thematic sessions linked to the Rio+20 agenda. With 2,000 participants expected, the Forum’s objective is to bring greater scale and quality to corporate sustainability practices. A showcase for innovation and collaboration, the Forum is designed to be a launching ground for widespread action.

The Forum will be held at the Windsor Barra Hotel in Rio. For more information, please visit www.compact4rio.org.

2. Business Perspective on Sustainable Growth: Preparing for Rio+20 (14-16 Feb, New York)
OPEN TO GLOBAL COMPACT BUSINESS PARTICIPANTS – Convened by KPMG International, in cooperation with the Global Compact, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and UNEP, this global summit seeks to facilitate business solutions to sustainability challenges and craft a forward looking agenda to focus on global green growth.
 
The event will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City. Click here to learn more. To indicate interest in attending, please contact: us-cssccsgosummit@kpmg.com

3. Copenhagen Fashion Summit (3 May, Copenhagen)
OPEN TO GLOBAL COMPACT BUSINESS PARTICIPANTS – Participants from within and around the fashion industry are invited to join a discussion on a sustainable future for the fashion industry. The event will mark the launch of a Code of Conduct for the fashion industry based on the Global Compact’s ten principles

For more information, please contact Johan Arnø Kryger (johan@danishfashioninstitute.dk).

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Published 16 January 2012