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UN GLOBAL COMPACT BULLETIN

July 2013

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Global Compact Report to UN Secretary-General Demonstrates Business Commitment to Support UN Post-2015 Development Agenda
2. UN Secretary-General Meets with CEOs at Caring for Climate Event in China
3. B20 Announces the Creation of Collective Action Hub on Anti-Corruption
4. Business Mobilizes in Support of UN Peacebuilding Mission
5. 101st Global Compact Local Network Launched in Canada
6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Join a Consultation: Leveraging your Global Compact commitment to Advance Peace
2. Call for Engagement: Traceability and the Supply Chain Guidance
3. Sign Open Letter: Call on Academic Institutions to Incorporate Human Rights in Management Education
4. More Opportunities: Endorse the CEO Water Mandate and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Sustainable Supply Chains Website
2. Integrated Reporting – Brief for Business Participants
3. Sustainia100

EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. Upcoming Webinars (July 2013)

  • Business and the Realization of Indigenous Peoples' Rights (16 July, 9:30am EDT)
  • Growing into Your Sustainability Commitments: A Roadmap for Impact and Value Creation (17 July, 8:00am EDT)
  • Equality and Human Rights for the LGBT Community: the Role of Business (22 July, 10:00 am EDT)
  • Introduction to the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework, conducted in Spanish (24 July, 10:00 am EDT)
  • Growing into Your Sustainability Commitments: A Roadmap for Impact and Value Creation 24 July, 10:00am EDT)
  • Supply Chain Sustainability: Practices and Resources by Global Compact Local Networks (25 July, 8:00 am EDT)
  • Responsible Engagement on Climate Change Policy (25 July, 9:00-10:30 am EDT)

2. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 (19-20 Sep, New York)

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Global Compact Report to UN Secretary-General Demonstrates Business Commitment to Support UN Post-2015 Development Agenda
A new report submitted to the office of the UN Secretary-General urges that the UN development agenda incorporates the capabilities of the private sector. The report is the culmination of consultations and surveys with thousands of businesses from around the world in the Global Compact. The report contains business perspectives and recommendations in three areas: determining the core of a post-2015 agenda, including suggested sustainable development goals and targets; how to engage business and investors towards these goals; and recommended ways that Governments can advance inclusive and sustainable markets. More. Download Corporate Sustainability and the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda.

2. UN Secretary-General Meets with CEOs at Caring for Climate Event in China
As part of an official visit to China, the UN Secretary-General met with a group of CEOs from companies in the Global Compact and other leaders (18 June, Beijing) to discuss the theme of “Caring for Climate – Towards a Low-Carbon Economy”. The Secretary-General welcomed the efforts of Chinese companies to reduce emissions and combat climate change, and acknowledged the importance of Chinese companies contributing to UN priorities and global sustainability. More.

3. B20 Announces the Creation of Collective Action Hub on Anti-Corruption

The B20 Task Force on Transparency and Anti-Corruption announced (20 June, St. Petersburg) that it will create a Collective Action Hub to advance the fight against corruption at the local, national, regional and international levels. The Hub’s mission will be to identify and analyze collective action initiatives and serve as a center of excellence for utilizing multi-stakeholder collective action strategies to address corruption in both the private and public sectors. More.

4. Business Mobilizes in Support of UN Peacebuilding Mission

The Global Compact and the UN Peacebuilding Commission convened a conference (25 June, New York) on the theme of “Business for Peacebuilding”, offering a unique opportunity to highlight the importance of engaging the private sector in peacebuilding efforts and improve the visibility of this critical dimension on the development agenda. The conference provided the opportunity for dialogue among business and political leaders on market building and responsible investment, with the aim to strengthen cooperation to advance economic development and peacebuilding. More.

5. 101st Global Compact Local Network Launched in Canada

Over 100 executives of Global Compact participating companies and representatives from the Government of Canada, the UN and civil society organizations convened to officially launch the Global Compact Network Canada (13 June, Toronto). The occasion was marked by the Local Network opening the market at the Toronto Stock Exchange (14 June, Toronto). More.

6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In June, 46 companies and 46 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 11 companies were expelled for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Clariant International Ltd (Switzerland), Brambles Limited (Australia), Doosan Infracore (Korea, Republic of), Thai Union Frozen Products PCL (Thailand) and NORD/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Germany).

Total figures as of 30 June:

  • Business participants: 7,547
  • Non-business participants: 3,922
  • COPs submitted: 21,069
  • Expelled business participants: 4,164

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Join a Consultation: Leveraging your Global Compact commitment to Advance Peace
The Global Compact is drawing on over a decade of experience to create a “Business for Peace” (B4P) platform to advance participants' ability to manage conflict-affected environments and support peace. Anchored in local action, the platform will provide both resources and recognition to companies taking practical steps to go beyond doing no harm to explore how they can make a positive contribution to peace and stability. As the launch of the Business for Peace platform at the Global Compact Leaders Summit (19-20 Sep, New York) approaches, there are opportunities for Global Compact participants to develop and catalyze this new platform.

Companies interested in contributing to the Business for Peace platform, or who would like more information, are invited to consultations on the new platform. The next group consultation will be on 26 July at 8:00 am EDT. There will be an additional and final pre-launch group consultation on 22 August at 8:00 am EDT. For more information please contact Mr. Jeffrey French (french@unglobalcompact.org).

2. Call for Engagement: Traceability and the Supply Chain Guidance
The Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability task force on traceability is developing practical guidance for companies on how they seek improved transparency and traceability in their supply chains.

Companies are invited to engage in this initiative, including by sharing their experiences, tools and guidelines. To get involved or learn more, please contact Anita Househam (househam@un.org) or visit our website.

3. 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. View the current list of signatories.

4. 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. Sustainable Supply Chains Website: Catalogues more than 100 resources, tools and good practice examples to assist companies in developing more sustainable supply chains. New issue sub-categories have been incorporated and new material is added across all issues on an ongoing basis. The site offers opportunities for companies and other stakeholders to share their own initiatives, resources and good practices. Visit the website.

2. Integrated Reporting – Brief for Business Participants: Provides an overview of the International Integrated Reporting Framework currently under development and how it relates to the Global Compact. Download.

3. Sustainia100: Identifies 100 impactful solutions in sustainability within 10 key sectors: Education, Energy, Health, Smart Cities, Resources, Buildings, Food, Fashion, Transportation and Information Technology. Showcases sustainable solutions from 128 countries, including emerging economies, and demonstrates their contributions to green innovation. 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 (July 2013) – OPEN INVITATION

2. 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.

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  Event Calendar

July
Informal Interactive Hearings on International Migration and Development (15 Jul, New York)
Business and the Realization of Indigenous Peoples' Rights (16 July, online)
Equality and Human Rights for the LGBT Community: the Role of Business (22 July, online)
Introduction to the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework, conducted in Spanish (24 July, online)
Supply Chain Sustainability - Practices and Resources by Global Compact Local Networks (25 July, online)
Responsible Engagement on Climate Change Policy (25 July, online)
China Summit on Caring for Climate (29-31 Jul, Beijing)

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 10July 2013