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April 2013

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Private Sector Perspectives Conveyed to High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda
2. Joint Letter Calls On Business To Scale Up Efforts To Eliminate Child Labour
3. Business Advances Gender Equality and Inclusion through Women’s Empowerment Principles
4. Taking Stock of the Children's Rights and Business Principles
5. Efforts Undertaken to Scale up Water Stewardship and Action
6. Ethics, Compliance and Collective Action Explored in Nigeria
7. Investors Call on Companies to Join the UN Global Compact
8. Local Network Update

  • New Head of Local Networks Appointed
  • Global Compact and Local Network Germany Convene 4th Exchange Programme
  • Sustainable Banking Explored Together by Local Networks in Turkey and the Netherlands
  • Foundation Established for Global Compact Local Network in Lebanon

9. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Join the Child Labour Platform
2. Provide Input: Caring for Climate Study
3. Call for Applications: UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change – Women for Results
4. Sign Open Letter: Call on Academic Institutions to Incorporate Human Rights in Management Education
5. More Opportunities: Comment on the Exposure Draft of Guide for Business on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Lawyers as Leaders – Environment Module
2. Financial Literacy: Empowering Children and Paving the Way for the Future
3. Occupational Safety and Health in the Supply Chain
4. An Introduction to the Guiding Principles on Human Rights

EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 (19-20 Sep, New York)
2. Roundtable with the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (29 Apr, New York)
3. Upcoming Webinars (April - May 2013)

  • Consultations on Business Reference Guide on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (17 Apr and 30 Apr)
  • Good Business Practices to Address Human Trafficking (22 Apr)
  • Investing the Rights Way: A Guide for Investors on Business and Human Rights (23 Apr)
  • Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum
    • Doing Business in Conflict-Affected Countries (29 Apr)
    • Security Forces (15 May)

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Private Sector Perspectives Conveyed to High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda
The Private Sector Leaders Roundtable (25 March, Bali), held on the sidelines of the fourth meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons, served as a platform for the Global Compact and its Local Networks to share the results of their post-2015 consultations and to consult additional business leaders from the Asia-Pacific region. The event was convened by the Global Compact Network Indonesia and Indonesia National Committee of the Post-2015 Development Agenda – with the support of the Global Compact office. More.

A joint report – prepared by the Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, with the support of the World Economic Forum and the High-Level Panel's Business Representatives – outlining the business perspective was also submitted to the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. More. Read the Joint Report.

2. Joint Letter Calls On Business To Scale Up Efforts To Eliminate Child Labour

Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, and Georg Kell, Executive Director of the Global Compact, have issued a joint letter urging business to do more to help deliver a world fit for all children. The joint letter calls on business to effectively address child labour within business operations and the value chain, as a concrete and core business contribution towards achieving this goal. More. Read the Joint Letter.

3. Business Advances Gender Equality and Inclusion through Women’s Empowerment Principles

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the urgency to achieve gender balance at all levels of business operations at the 5th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Event, Inclusion: Strategy for Change (6 March, New York). Honouring International Women’s Day, 250 business leaders and representatives from civil society, governments and the UN marked the third anniversary of the WEPs, a partnership of UN Women and the Global Compact, which provides a roadmap for business to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. More. Review the media coverage report.

4. Taking Stock of the Children's Rights and Business Principles
As part of the annual World Child and Youth Forum, Save the Children, UNICEF and the Global Compact came together to mark the first anniversary of the Children's Rights and Business Principles global release (22 March, Stockholm). Representatives from the private sector, government, civil society and the UN showcased how these guidelines have been operationalized to advance company efforts to respect and support children’s rights, and to identify areas for improvement. More.

5. Efforts Undertaken to Scale up Water Stewardship and Action

The CEO Water Mandate convened an international conference (5 March, Mumbai) to explore how the worldwide business community can positively contribute to the growing global and regional water and sanitation challenges. During the conference participants highlighted the need for companies to seek water efficiencies in their supply chains. Attendees also stressed the need for better national and municipal water governance by public authorities, including integrated national water strategies that focus on the water-energy-food nexus. More.

To mark World Water Day 2013, the Brussels-based NGO European Water Partnership and the Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate combined efforts to launch the Water Action Hub in European basins (22 March, New York). The Water Action Hub is an online platform designed to assist stakeholders in identifying potential collaborators and engaging in collective action to improve water management in regions of critical strategic interest. More.

6. Ethics, Compliance and Collective Action Explored in Nigeria
A workshop was convened as part of the effort to establish ongoing dialogue and collective action among the public and private sectors in Nigeria, and to develop a broad coalition of stakeholders in the fight against corruption. The workshop (22 March, Lagos) gathered 90 representatives from business, government, civil society and the UN, and was convened by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group in collaboration with the Global Compact Local Network Nigeria and the Global Compact office. More.

7. Investors Call on Companies to Join the Global Compact

A coalition of 34 institutional investors managing approximately US$3.3 trillion in assets have encouraged 1,900 companies, located in 44 countries, to consider joining the Global Compact as part of PRI for Rio. Following Rio+20, a group of PRI signatories launched PRI for Rio to further support the call for an increased focus on strategic sustainability among companies globally. More.

8. Local Network Update

  • New Head of Local Networks Appointed
    The Global Compact has appointed Walid Nagi as Head of Local Networks, after serving as the Acting Head since June 2012. Prior to this role, Mr. Nagi was the Regional Network Manager for MENA and Europe for two years. Previously, he was CSR and Communication Manager at Mansour, and also served as the representative of the Global Compact Network Egypt.
  • Global Compact and Local Network Germany Convene Exchange Programme
    The 4th Local Networks Exchange Programme (15 March, Berlin) was attended by contact persons representing the Local Networks of France, Croatia, Uganda, Chile and Argentina. The Exchange Programme fosters collaboration among Local Networks by providing an opportunity to share experiences and identify best practices across regional boundaries. More.
  • Sustainable Banking Explored by Local Networks in Turkey and the Netherlands
    Companies representing Global Compact Local Networks in Turkey and the Netherlands engaged in a series of events (29 March, Amsterdam) to exchange knowledge on sustainable business, with a particular emphasis on banking and finance. The events represent a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Local Networks focused on a specific sector. More.
  • Foundation Established for Global Compact Local Network in Lebanon
    International, regional and local corporate sustainability experts laid the foundation for the establishment of the Global Compact Local Network in Lebanon (19 March, Beirut) in a bid to promote responsible business practices and sustainability reporting in the country. Recently appointed by the Global Compact to be the focal point for gathering interested businesses in Lebanon, CSR Lebanon will seek to establish a robust governance structure for the Lebanese Local Network by 2014. More.

9. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In March, 89 companies and 48 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 26 companies were expelled for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Shimizu Corporation (Japan), Constellium (France), Longfor Properties Co. Ltd. (China), Acerinox, S.A. (Spain), Ista International GmbH (Germany), PT. Pangansari Utama (Indonesia), Groupe Eurotunnel (France), Triunfo Participacoes e Investimentos (Brazil), AD Plastik (Croatia) and Union Electrica S.A. (Colombia).

Total figures as of 31 March:

  • Business participants: 7,319
  • Non-business participants: 3,775
  • COPs submitted: 19,687
  • Expelled business participants: 4,136

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Join the Child Labour Platform
The Child Labour Platform is a multisector, multistakeholder forum for sharing experiences and lessons learned in eliminating child labour. The Platform will deliver training and capacity support, connect with global and local initiatives against child labour, and foster practical action that can make a difference in affected communities. Companies and relevant organizations are invited to join the Child Labour Platform on an ongoing basis. Learn more.

For information on becoming a member of the Child Labour Platform, please contact Benjamin Smith (smithb@ilo.org).

2. Provide Input: Caring for Climate Study
Caring for Climate is conducting a study on corporate engagement on climate change policy, together with the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). This project seeks to help companies to evaluate, improve and demonstrate responsible influence on climate change policy, as well as to develop guidance material on the topic. Caring for Climate will convene two webinars (20 June and 25 July) related to the research and additional interviews are being conducted.

Caring for Climate signatories are invited to join the upcoming webinars and provide input to the report’s development. For more information or to RSVP for the webinars, contact Heidi Huusko (huusko@un.org).

3. Call for Applications: UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change – Women for Results
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat is calling for activities to be featured on its Momentum for Change: Women for Results platform, which showcases women-led activities that address climate change. The activities should demonstrate measurable impact on the ground, and the potential for replicability and scaleability at the local, national and international levels.

Applications can be submitted until 26 April. For more information, please contact the Momentum for Change team (momentum@unfccc.int).

4. Sign Open Letter: Call on Academic Institutions to Incorporate Human Rights in Management Education
The Global Compact and PRME have released an Open Letter calling on academic institutions to educate future managers and leaders on business and human rights. Endorsed by the Human Rights Working Group, the Open Letter intends to: 1) raise awareness of the need for business and human rights education; 2) prompt academic institutions worldwide to develop new courses and curricula; and 3) allow companies to declare the importance of business and human rights education within their own organizations.

Download letter: (English | Français | Español | Português). Individual companies and organizations are invited to confirm support of the Open Letter by sending an e-mail to humanrights@unglobalcompact.org.

5. More Opportunities: Comment on the Exposure Draft of Guide for Business on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights 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. Lawyers as Leaders – Environment Module: Emphasizes the critical role of corporate counsel in creating and managing corporate responsibility policies and practices. This module focuses on the significant role that the private sector, supported by corporate counsel, can play in promoting environmental sustainability. The series is developed by the Global Compact and the International Bar Association, with the support of LexisNexis. Watch video.

2. Financial Literacy: Empowering Children and Paving the Way for the Future: Provides a brief overview of the benefits of financial literacy among children and youth, and offers examples of programmes developed by companies and organizations for increasing financial awareness and education among children and youth. Download.

3. Occupational Safety and Health in the Supply Chain: Explains how promoting better occupational safety and health systems protects the well-being of workers while reducing operational risks for both suppliers and buyers. Also included are practical examples from individual companies and descriptions of partnerships, initiatives and resources to assist companies in improving occupational health and safety. Download.

4. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: An Introduction: Summarizes the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and describes the mandate of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights established to aid in their implementation. As a global standard applicable to all business enterprises, the Guiding Principles provide further conceptual and operational clarity for the Global Compact’s human rights principles. Developed by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. 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. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 (19-20 Sep, New York)
– INVITATION ONLY – Held every three years, the Leaders Summit is the premier UN-business event – bringing together chief executives with leaders from civil society, Government and the United Nations. Chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Leaders Summit – Architects of a Better World – will link the enduring, universal values of the United Nations with a new global architecture for corporate sustainability. As the Millennium Development Goals 2015 deadline approaches, the Summit will set the stage for business to shape and advance the post-2015 development agenda – putting forward an architecture for business to contribute to global priorities at unprecedented levels.

For information and to register, please visit the Leaders Summit website or email LeadersSummit@eventready.com.

2. Roundtable with the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (29 Apr, New York)
– BY INVITATION ONLY – Jointly convened by the Global Compact and BSR, the event will bring together business and other key stakeholders with representatives of the UN Working Group to discuss opportunities and challenges encountered by United States companies in implementing the Guiding Principles - both at home and abroad and in their operations and value chains. Moderated by Christine Bader, BSR’s Human Rights Advisor and former Advisor to the former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on business and human rights, the conversation will also explore opportunities for the UN Working Group to help address these implementation challenges. View detailed programme.

Space is limited. Please contact Marie Wibe (wibe@un.org) to express interest in attending.

3. Upcoming Webinars (April - May 2013) – OPEN INVITATION

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  Event Calendar

April
Sustainable Business and Investment in the Global Context: Rights, Risks and Responsibilities (16-17 Apr, Beijing)
Consultation on Business Reference Guide on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (17 Apr, online)
Grievance Mechanisms for Business and Human Rights (18 Apr, online)
Promoting Labour Standards through Corporate Social Responsibility: Instruments and Practices (22-26 April, Turin)
Good Business Practices to Address Human Trafficking (22 Apr, online)
Investing the Rights Way: A Guide for Investors on Business and Human Rights (23 Apr, online)
Private Sector Focal Points Meeting and Annual Local Networks Forum (24-26 Apr, Geneva)
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Doing Business in Conflict-Affected Countries (29 Apr, online)
Consultation on Business Reference Guide on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (30 Apr, online)

May
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Security Force (15 May, online)
PRME Session at Columbia Teaching Business and Human Rights Workshop (31 May, New York)

June
1st PRME Canada Regional Meeting (11-12 Jun, Edmonton)
2nd PRME Latin America Regional Meeting (18-20 Jun, Lima)

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

November
4th PRME Asia Forum (14-15 Nov, Manila)


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

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Published 10 April 2013