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January 2013

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Global Compact Convenes at First Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights
2. Corporate Climate Champions Meet at COP18
3. Business Affirms Commitment to Anti-Corruption in Post-2015 Era
4. Global Compact Board Discusses Strategic Review and Post-2015 Agenda
5. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Comment: Exposure Draft of Guide for Business on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
2. More Opportunities: Endorse the CEO Water Mandate and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Human Rights Good Practice Notes
2. Global Compact Local Network Report

EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

Upcoming Webinars (January - February 2013)

  • Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum
    • Security Forces (22 Jan)
    • Human Trafficking and Forced Labour (28 Jan)
    • Doing Business in Conflict-Affected Countries (20 Feb)
  • Business and Women’s Health (7 Feb)
  • Web Accessibility (12 Feb)

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Global Compact Convenes at First Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights
The Global Compact participated in the Forum on Business and Human Rights, where it led a number of sessions that addressed topics including, women’s empowerment, children’s rights, supply chain sustainability and indigenous peoples’ rights, among other issues (4-5 December, Geneva). Throughout the Forum, the Global Compact was recognized as a key partner in building the capacity of business and disseminating knowledge about the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Global Compact Local Networks were also highlighted for their role in helping business to respect and support human rights at the country level. More.

2. Corporate Climate Champions Meet at COP18
Signatories of Caring for Climate, the UN’s climate action platform for business, met with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in an effort to facilitate business interaction with the international climate process (5 December, Doha). Held in connection with the 18th Conference of Parties (COP18) to the UNFCCC, the meeting was attended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Participants discussed low-carbon and climate-resilient solutions, as well as ways to strengthen international cooperation on climate action. More.

3. Business Affirms Commitment to Anti-Corruption in Post-2015 Era
During the 11th Meeting of the Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle Against Corruption (10-11 December, New York), businesses and other stakeholders reaffirmed their commitment to scaling up anti-corruption efforts and emphasized the importance of investing in shared platforms for collective action. The event featured a high-level panel discussion on Business Action Against Corruption and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Additional topics covered during the meeting ranged from anti-corruption disclosure and supply chain management to collective action and efforts to educate businesses on the risks associated with corruption. More.

4. Global Compact Board Discusses Strategic Review and Post-2015 Agenda
The Global Compact Board, comprising high-level representatives from business, civil society, labour and the UN, met to guide the priorities and direction of the initiative, including the strategic review and the private sector contribution to the post-2015 development process (14 December, New York). Key decisions taken by the Board were related to disclosure and fundraising. At the meeting, Chair of the Board Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored his support for the initiative and its efforts to make corporate sustainability a transformative force. More. Read the Secretary-General’s Remarks.

5. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In December, 96 companies and 33 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 69 companies were expelled for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: South African Post Office (South Africa), PostNL B.V. (Netherlands), Atalian (France), Netcare Limited (South Africa), MTN Group Limited (South Africa), Hankook Tire (Korea), Global Centre for Compliance, Hazards and Disaster Management (Cameroon), Investec Group (South Africa), Sukarne Agroindustrial, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico) and Emtelco S.A. (Colombia).

Total figures as of 31 December:

  • Business participants: 7,092
  • Non-business participants: 3,642
  • COPs submitted: 18,592
  • Expelled business participants: 4,078

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES


1. Call for Comment: Exposure Draft of Guide for Business on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
The Global Compact has released for comment the exposure draft of the Business Reference Guide on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which illustrates how indigenous peoples' rights may be impacted positively or negatively by business and provides practical suggestions for action.

All interested parties are invited to submit comments to undrip@unglobalcompact.org. If you would like to share your comments publicly, please post them to the dedicated discussion thread at the Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum or participate in a consultation webinar. The exposure draft is open for public comment and consultation until 1 June 2013.

2. More Opportunities: Endorse the CEO Water Mandate 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. Human Rights Good Practice Notes: Seek to identify general approaches – rather than specific practices of individual companies – that have been recognized by a number of companies and stakeholders as being good for business and good for human rights. Access the notes.

2. Global Compact Local Network Report: 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.

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 (January - February 2013) – OPEN INVITATION 

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  Event Calendar

January
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Security Forces (22 Jan, webinar)
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Human Trafficking and Forced Labour (28 Jan, webinar)
Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles: First Meeting of the Core Advisory Group (28-29 Jan, Geneva)

February
Business and Women’s Health (7 Feb, webinar)
Local Networks Regional Meeting Africa/MENA (11-13 Feb, Nairobi)
Web Accessibility: The Benefits for Business (12 Feb, webinar)
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Doing Business in Conflict-Affected Countries (20 Feb, webinar)

March
The 5th Annual Women's Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business Event (5-6 Mar, New York)
One Year Later: Taking Stock of the Children's Rights and Business Principles (22 Mar, Stockholm)

April
Private Sector Focal Points Meeting and Annual Local Networks Forum (24-26 Apr, Geneva, TBC)

June
2nd PRME Latin America Regional Meeting (11-13 Jun, Lima)

September
UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 (19-20 Sep, New York)
2013 PRME Summit (25-27 Sep, Bled)


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

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Published 9 January 2013