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September 2012

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. CEO Water Mandate Launches Breakthrough Resources at World Water Week (27-29 August, Stockholm)

  • Global Water Action Hub
  • Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines

2. Media Coverage of Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum Shows Contribution of Business to Sustainable Development
3. Korea Launches New Development Partnership with Private Sector
4. Global Compact Task Force to Develop Guidance for Business Engagement with Indigenous Peoples
5. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Invitation to host an ESG Investor Briefing
2. Call for Input: Free, Prior and Informed Consent Human Rights Good Practice Note
3. More Opportunities: Call for Examples on Anti-Corruption Risk Assessment and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. The Future We Want: Issue Analysis
2. Annual Local Network Report 2011
3. Comprehensive Guide to Communication on Progress (COP) and Differentiation
4. 52 New Resources Launched at the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum

EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. Upcoming Webinars (September - October 2012)

  • A Conversation With Business and the Committee On The Rights of the Child (17 Sep)
  • Responsible Business in Iraq: How to Build Constructive Relations with the Government? (20 Sep)
  • Welcome to the UN Global Compact - Guidance for Business Participants (2 Oct)
  • Reaching “GC Active” Level (3 Oct)
  • Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (4 Oct)

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. CEO Water Mandate Launches Breakthrough Resources at World Water Week (27-29 August, Stockholm)

  • Global Water Action Hub
    The Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate initiative launched a global Water Action Hub – the world’s first on-line platform to unite companies, governments, NGOs and other stakeholders on a range of critical water projects in specific river basins around the planet. The core of the Water Action Hub online tool is a map-based data management system that facilitates match-making. Also released was a step-by-step Guide to Water Resource Collective Action. More. Access the Water Action Hub. Download the Guide to Water Resource Collection Action.

2. Media Coverage of Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum Shows Contribution of Business to Sustainable Development
The Global Compact Office released a summary of media coverage of its Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum, including hundreds of articles, editorials, blog posts and broadcasts (TV and radio) referencing the Forum and its multiple announcements, deliverables and outcomes. More.

3. Korea Launches New Development Partnership with Private Sector
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the launch of the Development Partnership Korea (13 August, Seoul), which will provide a platform for Korean stakeholders to discuss ways to better utilize public-private collaboration in support of overseas development assistance. The partnership follows the 2011 High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan. More.

4. Global Compact Task Force to Develop Guidance for Business Engagement with Indigenous Peoples
On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the Global Compact recognized the important role of business in respecting and supporting indigenous peoples’ rights. To advance this issue, a group of Global Compact LEAD companies has established a task force and initiated a project to develop guidance for businesses. More. Learn about contributing to the guidance.

5. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In August, 89 companies and 32 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 65 companies were expelled for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: AB Lietuvos gelezinkeliai (Lithuania); No. (1) Heavy Industries Enterprise (Myanmar); No. (3) Heavy Industries Enterprise (Myanmar); City Mart Holding Co., Ltd. (Myanmar); No. (2) Heavy Industries Enterprise (Myanmar); Yobel SCM (Peru); Oceana Group Limited (South Africa); MATIS (France) and Gemological Institute of America (GIA) (USA).

Total figures as of 31 August:

  • Business participants: 6,983
  • Non-business participants: 3,452
  • COPs submitted: 16,669
  • Expelled business participants: 3,776

 

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES


1. Invitation to Host an ESG Investor Briefing
The ESG Investor Briefing is a joint project with the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) to improve company-investor communications on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) information. Using the ESG Value Driver Framework companies have the opportunity to present what ESG value drivers are material for their business to an audience of diverse investors. The initiative plans to pilot a series of 10-15 briefings in the second half of 2012 and first half of 2013. Learn more.

Companies interested in hosting an ESG Investor Briefing should contact Danielle Chesebrough (Danielle.Chesebrough@unpri.org).

2. Call for Input: Free, Prior and Informed Consent Human Rights Good Practice Note

The Global Compact Office is seeking feedback on a draft Human Rights Good Practice Note on Free, Prior and Informed Consent, which aims to identify key issues companies should consider in order to engage appropriately with indigenous peoples.

Global Compact participants are invited to read the draft note and send comments to Amy Lehr (ALehr@foleyhoag.com).

3. More Opportunities: Call for Examples on Anti-Corruption Risk Assessment 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. The Future We Want: Issue Analysis: Takes a global view on significant trends linked to sustainable development – such as resource scarcity and lack of access, climate change, and demographic shifts, among others – and examines how they drive challenges and opportunities for business. Focuses on six thematic areas: Energy & Climate, Water & Ecosystems, Agriculture & Food, Social Development, Urbanization & Cities, and the Economics & Finance of Sustainable Development. Developed by Oxford Analytica. Download.

2. Annual Local Network Report 2011: Highlights the growth and activities of 100 Global Compact Local Networks around the world in 2011. The report features statistics, best practices and achievements demonstrating the networks’ efforts to facilitate national and international multi-stakeholder engagement. Download.

3. Comprehensive Guide to Communication on Progress (COP) and Differentiation: Provides comprehensive guidance on preparing COPs at the GC Active level and going beyond the minimum requirements to reach the GC Advanced criteria. The guide includes suggestions and examples grounded in best practices from participating companies. Download.

4. 52 New Resources Launched at the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: These resources take stock of progress made and key trends related to corporate sustainability; provide guidance on how to implement elements of corporate sustainability; and highlight existing and emerging best practices –across the following categories: Local Networks, human rights, environment, anti-corruption, food & agriculture, urbanization & cities, strategic social investment & social enterprise, UN-business partnerships, disclosure, responsible investment and management education. Browse new resources.

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 (September-October 2012) – OPEN INVITATION 

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  Event Calendar

September
A Conversation With Business and the Committee On The Rights of the Child (17 Sep, webinar)
Responsible Business in Iraq: How to Build Constructive Relations with the Government? (20 Sep, webinar)
PRME Australia/New Zealand Regional Meeting (27 Sep, Brisbane)

October
Promoting Labour Standards through Corporate Social Responsibility: Instruments and Practices (1-5 Oct, Turin)
Welcome to the UN Global Compact - Guidance for Business Participants (2 Oct, webinar)
Reaching “GC Active” Level (3 Oct, webinar)
Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (4 Oct, webinar)
Local Network Regional Meeting Europe (18-19 Oct, Belgrade)

November
Local Network Regional Meeting Americas (6-8 Nov, Lima)
PRME MENA Forum (7-8 Nov, Jounieh)
Welcome to the UN Global Compact - Guidance for Business Participants (13 Nov, webinar)
Reaching “GC Active” Level (14 Nov, webinar)
Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (15 Nov, webinar)
Local Network Regional Meeting Asia/Oceania (22-23 Nov, Colombo)
2012 Social Investment Pioneer Awards Ceremony (28 Nov, Melbourne)

December
Human Rights Working Group Meeting (6 Dec, Geneva)
PRME Asian Forum (8-9 Dec, Tokyo)
Local Network Regional Meeting MENA/Africa (TBD, Cairo)


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

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Published 4 September 2012