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UN GLOBAL COMPACT BULLETIN

JUNE 2012

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum Promises Significant Contribution to Sustainable Development 
2. Carbon Disclosure Project Recommended for Caring for Climate Reporting
3. Local Network News & Updates

  • Iraqi Companies Trained on Global Compact Principles
  • Online Course on Global Compact Principles Launches in Latin America and the Caribbean

4. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Commit to the Future We Want: Sustainable Development Commitments for Rio+20
2. Pre-launch Opportunity: The Supply Chain Sustainability Quick Self-Assessment & Learning Tool
3. More Opportunities: Endorse the Women’s Empowerment Principles and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum Bulletin

EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. Upcoming Webinars (June 2012)

  • Introduction to the Global Compact (6 Jun)
  • COP Differentiation: Reaching “GC Active” Level (7 Jun)
  • COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (8 Jun)

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum Promises Significant Contribution to Sustainable Development
With more than 2,000 participants from business, government, civil society, academia and the UN in attendance, the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum (14-18 June, Rio de Janeiro) is poised to be a launching ground for widespread action. There is high interest from global media in covering the Forum’s over 100 sessions focused on six themes: Energy & Climate, Water & Ecosystems, Agriculture & Food, Social Development, Urbanization & Cities, and Economics & Finance. As a showcase for innovation and collaboration, the Forum aims to bring greater scale and quality to corporate sustainability practices, as a critical contribution to achieving sustainable development. Visit www.compact4rio.org for more information.

2. Carbon Disclosure Project Recommended for Caring for Climate Reporting
Caring for Climate has recommended the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) as a reporting framework for its signatories to follow. The Caring for Climate reporting guidance outlines disclosure-related responsibilities for signatory companies, including the use of existing reporting frameworks, to meet the annual reporting requirements of the initiative. More.

3. Local Network News & Updates

  • Iraqi Companies Trained on Global Compact Principles
    A training session on implementation and reporting on the Global Compact principles was conducted in Arabic by the Global Compact Local Network Iraq and Deloitte (3 May, Baghdad). Attended by twenty-five business participants, along with other stakeholders, the session was the network’s first training since its launch in October 2011. More.
  • Online Course on Global Compact Principles Launches in Latin America and the Caribbean
    Global Compact Local Networks in Argentina, Chile and Paraguay, in close collaboration with CapacitaRSE, have developed the first comprehensive “Online Diploma” covering the Global Compact’s ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption. The online training course, which is available to all Global Compact participants in Latin America and the Caribbean, spells out actions that executives, managers and professionals can take to weave the principles into the design of their business strategies and day-to-day operations. More.

4. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In May, 152 companies and 56 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 116 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (China), Tisco - Taiyuan Iron & Steel (Group) Co., Ltd. (China), WorleyParsons Ltd (Australia), The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. (Japan), POSCO (Korea), Krones AG (Germany), Mosaic (USA), Hochschild Mining Plc. (Peru), Symrise AG (Germany) and Dagon International Limited (Myanmar).
       
Total figures as of 31 May:

  • Business participants: 6,978
  • Non-business participants: 3,326
  • COPs submitted: 15,478
  • Delisted business participants: 3,514

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Commit to the Future We Want: Sustainable Development Commitments for Rio+20
The UN Global Compact, in partnership with the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, announced a worldwide call for commitments to actions and partnerships that advance progress along the key themes of Rio+20. Ensuring quality and impact of commitments is a priority, and each commitment must meet established criteria including on transparency and reporting on progress made. Commitments will be recognized and highlighted in publications, media materials and through other communication channels and vehicles.

Companies are asked to submit their commitments through the UN-business partnership gateway at www.business.un.org/commitments. Make a Commitment to Action.

2. Pre-launch Opportunity: The Supply Chain Sustainability Quick Self-Assessment & Learning Tool
On 12 June the Global Compact, in collaboration with BSR and Maplecroft, will launch the Global Compact Supply Chain Sustainability Quick Self-Assessment & Learning Tool, an online platform developed to help companies take stock of their approach to supply chain sustainability and identify areas for improvement. Benchmark data will be available by the end of 2012 for users to compare their company’s scores to peer companies, with the ability to filter the data by sector, region and size.

Prior to the launch, companies are encouraged to use the tool to assess their approach in order to build more complete benchmarking data. Access the tool at http://supply-chain-self-assessment.unglobalcompact.org/

3. More Opportunities: Endorse the Women’s Empowerment Principles 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. Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum Bulletin: Provides an update on the building momentum for the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum and the broad efforts underway to ensure that business plays its role at Rio+20 to help set a better course for our world. This Bulletin – to be issued every two weeks – includes updates on the Forum: programme, partners, opportunities and logistics. View.

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

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EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. Upcoming Webinars (June 2012)
OPEN INVITATION – A number of webinars on a variety of topics will be convened over the next month. All Global Compact participants are encouraged to participate in these sessions: 

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  Event Calendar

June
Introduction to the Global Compact (6 Jun, webinar)
COP Differentiation: Reaching “GC Active” Level (7 Jun, webinar)
COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (8 Jun, webinar)
Annual Local Networks Forum (15 Jun, Rio de Janeiro)
PRME Global Forum (15 Jun, Rio de Janeiro)
Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation & Collaboration for the Future We Want (15-18 Jun, Rio de Janeiro)

July
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Health and Safety (3 Jul, webinar)
Introduction to the Global Compact (10 Jul, webinar)
COP Differentiation: Reaching “GC Active” Level (11 Jul, webinar)
COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (12 Jul, webinar)

August
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Conflict Minerals (3 Aug, webinar)
Introduction to the Global Compact (14 Aug, webinar)
COP Differentiation: Reaching “GC Active” Level (15 Aug, webinar)
COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (16 Aug, webinar)

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

December
Human Rights Working Group Meeting (6 Dec, Geneva)
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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Published 4 June 2012