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May 2013

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Annual Local Network Forum Convenes, Establishes Advisory Group
2. UN Private Sector Focal Points Assemble to Strengthen Local Partnerships
3. Collective Action and Sector Approaches Called for at Anti-Corruption Meeting
4. Chinese Companies Address Responsible Business in High-Risk Areas and Human Rights
5. Global Compact Reaffirms Leadership Commitment to Transparency and Disclosure
6. WaterAid Signs Up to Water Action Hub
7. Global Compact Appoints New Board Members
8. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Input: Consultation on International Integrated Reporting Framework Draft
2. Call to Action: Anti-Corruption and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
3. Call for Comment: Exposure Draft of Guide for Business on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
4. Call for Applications: UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change – Financing for Climate-Friendly Investment
5. More Opportunities: Join the Child Labour Platform and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Global Compact Local Network Report 2012
2. UN-Business Partnerships: A Handbook
3. Global Compact Self Assessment Tool
4. Sustainable Supply Chains Website
5. Occupational Safety and Health in the Supply Chain

EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 (19-20 Sep, New York)
2. Pan African Business Conference at the 50th Anniversary of the African Union (24 May, Addis Ababa)
3. Understanding and Implementing the UN Guiding Principles in ASEAN: A multi-stakeholder forum on business and human rights (28 May, Singapore)
4. Business for Peacebuilding (25 Jun, New York)
5. Informal Interactive Hearings on International Migration and Development (15 Jul, New York)
6. Caring for Climate Business Forum: Innovation. Ambition. Collaboration. (19-20 Nov, Warsaw)  
7. Upcoming Webinars (May - June 2013)

  • Local Populations and the Social License to Operate (13 May)
  • How Global Enterprises are Responding to the Call for the Extension of Social Protection (14 May)
  • Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Security Forces (15 May)
  • Introduction to the Global Compact for Business Participants (21 May)
  • Communication on Progress for Business Participants (22 May)
  • Traceability in Global Supply Chains: Initial Findings from the Traceability Task Force and Plans for the Future (22 May)
  • Inclusive Sourcing: A Key Pillar of Sustainable Procurement (29 May
  • Managing Human Rights Risks in the Supply Chain: Making Sure You Don’t Lose your Social License to Operate (13 June)
  • Diversity & Gender Equity as an Investment Opportunity: Progress and Impact of the Women's Empowerment Principles (18 June)

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Annual Local Network Forum Convenes, Establishes Advisory Group
Fifty-six Global Compact Local Networks attended the XI Annual Local Network Forum (24-26 April, Geneva), which provides an opportunity for networks to share best practices, explore synergies and determine a path forward for network management. Building upon a recommendation made at the last ALNF in June 2012, Local Networks established and elected representatives of a new Advisory Group to provide guidance to the Global Compact and serve as a conduit for Local Networks to raise ideas and concerns. Additionally, general measures were agreed to improve Local Network governance and brand management. More.

2. UN Private Sector Focal Points Assemble to Strengthen Local Partnerships
Over 300 representatives from UN entities, private sector companies, civil society organizations and Global Compact Local Networks gathered for the largest ever UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting (24-25 April, Geneva). Held annually, the meeting aims to enhance communication, strengthen learning, advance coordination and improve collaboration among UN staff working with the private sector. For the first time, a day of joint programming was held with the Global Compact Annual Local Network Forum (ALNF) to spark dialogue on further engaging the private sector in support of UN goals locally. More.

3. Collective Action and Sector Approaches Called for at Anti-Corruption Meeting

The 12th Meeting of the Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle Against Corruption (10 April, New Delhi) focused on a wide range of private sector efforts to advance the anti-corruption agenda. Jointly organized by the Global Compact and the Global Compact Local Network India, the two-day meeting convened over 100 participants representing Indian business leaders, Global Compact Local Networks, global corporations, civil society and academia. The meeting highlighted efforts, including progress on the Global Compact’s collective action country projects. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry was noted for its potential to help tackle corruption by providing enhanced access to information. More.

4. Chinese Companies Address Responsible Business in High-Risk Areas and Human Rights
A two-day conference (16-17 April, Beijing) convened over 200 senior business leaders from China and abroad to meet with investors and other stakeholders. Organized by the Global Compact, Global Compact Local Network China, the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, PRI and Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, the event presented an opportunity for participants to share good practices, challenges and lessons learned on two critical topics: responsible business and investment practices in high-risk areas and the corporate responsibility to respect and support human rights. More.

5. Global Compact Reaffirms Leadership Commitment to Transparency and Disclosure

As part of a workstream on transparency and disclosure, 15 Global Compact LEAD participants are engaged in a Pilot Programme of the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC). The Programme allows companies to discuss and challenge technical material under development and provide feedback on the Consultation Draft of the Integrate Reporting Framework. To complement companies’ individual participation in the Pilot Programme, the Global Compact is working collectively with LEAD participants to strengthen the IIRC Framework in an effort to improve alignment among major global reporting initiatives. More.

6. WaterAid Signs Up to Water Action Hub
International charity, WaterAid, has joined over 100 companies, governments, NGOs and other stakeholders as part of the Water Action Hub, the world’s first online platform to advance critical water projects in river basins around the world. WaterAid has added its projects in key river basins to the Hub in order to help identify potential collaborators and engage with them in water-related collective action. More.

7. Global Compact Appoints New Board Members

The Global Compact has appointed new Board Members: Jyrki Raina, General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, and Robert Greenhill, Managing Director and Chief Business Executive of the World Economic Forum. In addition, the Chair of the newly established Local Network Advisory Board will occupy an ex officio Local Network position. More.

8. 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: Grupo Financiero Banamex / Banco Nacional de Mexico, S.A. (Mexico), Husqvarna AB (Sweden), Microchip Technology Incorporated (USA), Global Sales Solutions Line, S.L. (Spain), Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti – C.M.C. di Ravenna (Italy), Fortescue Metals Group (Australia), Suez Cement – Italcementi Group (Egypt), First Ukrainian International Bank (Ukraine), Blockbuster de Mexico S.A. de C.V. (Mexico) and Mekonomen AB (Sweden).

Total figures as of 30 April:

  • Business participants: 7,413
  • Non-business participants: 3,823
  • COPs submitted: 20,107
  • Expelled business participants: 4,143

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Input: Consultation on International Integrated Reporting Framework Draft
The global evolution of corporate reporting has taken a step forward with the release of the Consultation Draft of the International Integrated Reporting Framework. The Framework establishes the foundation for a new reporting model which will enable business to provide a concise communication of how it creates value over time, to the benefit of companies, investors, capital markets and the economy. The IIRC, which is launching the Framework, invites stakeholders - including all Global Compact participants and Local Networks - to contribute to the consultation.

During the 90-day consultation period (16 April to 15 July 2013), the IIRC is calling on all stakeholders to read, critique and challenge the Framework. The Draft is available in nine languages and includes a series of Consultation Questions. Your answers to them, and any other comments you may have can be submitted online in English. The IIRC plans to issue the initial version 1.0 of the Framework in December 2013. Visit Consultation website.

2. Call to Action: Anti-Corruption and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The Global Compact has collected business perspectives on the need to integrate anti-corruption into the Post-2015 Development Agenda, The Call to Action statement will be fed into recommendations that will be forwarded to the UN Secretary-General for his report to Member States and to the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The statement urges Governments to promote anti-corruption measures and implement related policies to establish systems of good governance. Learn more.

Companies are encouraged to join this critical effort to help bring corporate sustainability to the next level by addressing corruption in all its forms. To add your company’s name to this call to action, please email anticorruption@unglobalcompact.org.

3. 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. The exposure draft is open for public comment and consultation until 1 June 2013.

4. Call for Applications: UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change – Financing for Climate-Friendly Investment
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat is calling for activities to be featured on its Momentum for Change: Financing for Climate-Friendly Investment platform, which will showcase financing mechanisms and approaches to support climate change adaption and mitigation activities.

Applications can be submitted until 31 May. To learn more about the criteria for applications or to apply, please visit the Momentum for Change website.

5. More Opportunities: Join the Child Labour Platform 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. Global Compact Local Network Report 2012: Highlights the growth and activities of 101 Global Compact Local Networks around the world in 2012. The report features statistics, activities and achievements of Local Networks in relation to Global Compact issue areas and in support of broader UN goals and issues. Download.

2. UN-Business Partnerships: A Handbook: Assists UN practitioners and corporate representatives to effectively design, implement and evaluate UN-business partnerships. Download.

3. Global Compact Self Assessment Tool: Allows companies to assess their performance related to the Global Compact Ten Principles. Recently updated to be more closely aligned with the Global Compact Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Access the tool.

4. Sustainable Supply Chains Website: Provides information on initiatives, resources and tools to assist companies in developing more sustainable supply chains, as well as case examples of good business practices. Recently updated with new materials. Access the website.

5. 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.

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. Pan African Business Conference at the 50th Anniversary of the African Union (24 May, Addis Ababa)
– OPEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS – The Pan African Business Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI), UNDP and the Global Compact, in association with the African Union, are organizing the Pan African Business Conference to share insight on the critical role of the private sector in helping Africa reach its full economic and social potential. Various thematic sessions will discuss social enterprise, the role of public-private partnerships and how to boost intra-regional trade, among other topics.

Please contact Olajobi Makinwa (makinwa@un.org) for more information or to express interest in attending.

3. Understanding and Implementing the UN Guiding Principles in ASEAN: A multi-stakeholder forum on business and human rights (28 May, Singapore)
- OPEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS - Jointly organized by the ASEAN CSR Network, Singapore Compact, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Global Compact and Singapore Management University, the event will introduce both business and non-business stakeholders to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and provide different perspectives on how businesses can better respect and support human rights in ASEAN.

To register, please send your name, title, organization and contact details to register@csrsingapore.org and jerry@asean-csr-network.org. Space is very limited so please register as soon as possible.

4. Business for Peacebuilding (25 Jun, New York)
- OPEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS - The UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) and the Global Compact are jointly convening a conference to inspire and stimulate enhanced business engagement in support of peace. Bringing together major global players, African business leaders, key actors from the business communities and governments of African countries, UN member states, and civil society organizations, this conference will facilitate a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the importance of engaging businesses in peacebuilding and will offer a unique opportunity to catalyze collective action.

Please contact Bryan Kisadha (kisadha@unglobalcompact.org) for more information or to express interest in attending.

5. Informal Interactive Hearings on International Migration and Development (15 Jul, New York)
- OPEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS - Convened by the President of the General Assembly, this day of informal interactive hearings offers an opportunity for the private sector to engage with Member States and other stakeholders on international labour markets, labour demand and supply, and the governance of international migration. Input from the hearing will contribute to the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development.

Pre-registration ends on 15 May 2013. For more information or to register, please click here or contact migrationp@un.org.

6. Caring for Climate Business Forum: Innovation. Ambition. Collaboration. (19-20 Nov, Warsaw)
INVITATION ONLY – For the first time, the Global Compact, UNEP and the UNFCCC secretariat are organizing the Caring for Climate Business Forum during COP19/CMP9. The Forum seeks to serve as a channel for the private sector to make genuine contributions to climate change negotiations annually and will provide business and investors a platform for exchange and collaboration with governments, civil society and UN through numerous thematic sessions linked to the UNFCCC agenda including a high-level roundtable meeting. The Forum will also serve as the Annual meeting of Caring for Climate Signatories.

Please contact Jayoung Park (park10@un.org) for more information or to express interest in attending.

7. Upcoming Webinars (May – June 2013) – OPEN INVITATION

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  Event Calendar

May
Local Populations and the Social License to Operate (13 May, online)
PRME Session at Association of African Business Schools Annual Meeting (13-15 May, Casablanca)
How Global Enterprises are Responding to the Call for the Extension of Social Protection (14 May, online)
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Security Force (15 May, online)
Traceability in Global Supply Chains: Initial Findings from the Traceability Task Force and Plans for the Future (22 May, online)
Pan African Business Conference at the 50th Anniversary of the African Union (24 May, Addis Ababa)
Understanding and Implementing the UN Guiding Principles in ASEAN: A multi-stakeholder forum on business and human rights (28 May, Singapore)
Inclusive Sourcing: A Key Pillar of Sustainable Procurement (29 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)
Managing Human Rights Risks in the Supply Chain: Making Sure You Don’t Lose your Social License to Operate (13 Jun, online)
Diversity & Gender Equity as an Investment Opportunity: Progress and Impact of the Women's Empowerment Principles (18 Jun, online)
2nd PRME Latin America Regional Meeting (18-20 Jun, Lima)
Business for Peacebuilding (25 Jun, New York)

July
Informal Interactive Hearings on International Migration and Development (15 Jul, New York)

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

November
3rd PRME MENA Regional Forum (9-11 Nov, Dubai)
4th PRME Asia Forum (14-15 Nov, Manila)
Caring for Climate Business Forum: Innovation. Ambition. Collaboration. (19-20 Nov, Warsaw)
3rd PRME Australasia Regional Forum (19-20 Nov, Hamilton)

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

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Published 7 May 2013