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September 2013

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NEWS & UPDATES

  1. Korean Business Leaders Step Up to Advance Peace
  2. UNDP and Global Compact Advance Sustainable Procurement at the UN
  3. Communication on Engagement Policy for Non-Business Participants to Take Effect on 31 October 2013
  4. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Become a Founding Member of Business for Peace
  2. Provide Input: Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles Consultation
  3. Call for Comments: Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  4. More Opportunities: Join the CEO Water Mandate and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

  1. Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013
  2. Making the Connection - Using the GRI G3.1 Guidelines to Communicate Progress
  3. Global Compact for the 10th Principle: Corporate Sustainability with Integrity

EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

  1. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 (19-20 Sep, New York)
  2. 7th Supply Chain Sustainability Advisory Group Meeting (18 Sep, New York)
  3. 2013 PRME Summit (25-26 Sep, Bled)
  4. 16th International Business Forum - Green and Inclusive Business: Exploring and Developing Markets for Sustainable Growth (23-24 Oct, Istanbul)
  5. Upcoming Webinars (September - October 2013)
  • Communication on Engagement Policy for Non-Business Participants (9 Oct and 23 Oct)
  • Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in French (16 Oct)

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Korean Business Leaders Step Up to Advance Peace
Korean business leaders expressed strong interest in taking action to advance peace in the workplace, marketplace and local communities during a visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the Global Compact Network Korea’s annual CEO Breakfast (26 August, Seoul). The Korean Network announced that it will join Business for Peace, a new initiative to be launched at the Global Compact Leaders Summit (19-20 September, New York) that will assist companies in implementing responsible business practices in conflict-affected and high-risk areas. More.

2. UNDP and Global Compact Advance Sustainable Procurement at the UN 
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Compact launched a new vendor outreach effort to improve corporate sustainability in procurement (16 August). Through web-based materials, and extensive training and guidance provided by UNDP and the Global Compact, this initiative aims to ensure that products and services purchased by UNDP are sustainable – minimizing environmental impact while enhancing positive social outcomes. The timing of this initiative coincides with the rollout of UNDP’s new policy on sustainable procurement and an accompanying Practitioner’s Guide to Sustainable Procurement. More.

3. Communication on Engagement Policy for Non-Business Participants to Take Effect on 31 October 2013The Communication on Engagement (COE) Policy, which will become effective on 31 October 2013, introduces clear engagement activities for non-business participants in the initiative. The policy includes a reporting component which intends to increase transparency and disclosure practices among all participants. The Global Compact will be offering a number of training sessions and resources to help non-business participants and others familiarize themselves with the new policy. Register for an online training session on the new policy on 9 Oct or 23 Oct.

4. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In August, 102 companies and 24 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: Woolworth Holdings (South Africa), Derichebourg Multiservices (France), DS Smith Plc (United Kingdom), Obayashi Corporation (Japan), International SOS (Australia), Grupo Fleury (Brazil), Korea Exchange Bank (Korea), SANLUIS Rassini (Mexico), Danone Ltda. (Brazil) and TYPSA (Tecnica y Proyectos S.A.) (Spain).

Total figures as of 31 August:

  • Business participants: 7,721
  • Non-business participants: 4,007
  • COPs submitted: 21,913
  • Expelled business participants: 4,181

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Become a Founding Member of Business for Peace
Business for Peace (B4P) is a new business leadership platform that will be launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the upcoming Global Compact Leaders Summit. It aims to expand and deepen private sector action in support of peace - in the workplace, marketplace and local communities.

Companies and Global Compact Local Networks can join B4P by signing the Statement of Support. Other stakeholders are also invited to support the platform. For additional information, view the Business for Peace brochure or contact Melissa Powell (powell1@un.org).

2. Provide Input: Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles Consultation
All are invited to participate in the development of the Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles by providing feedback on the White Paper. We are interested in receiving input specifically on the outcomes that sustainable agriculture business principles should aim to achieve; the factors key to achieving these goals and the actions that are needed.

Please share your views by completing the consultation questionnaire. For more information, contact Adrienne Gardaz (gardaz@un.org).

3. Call for Comments: Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The Global Compact is developing a Business Reference Guide on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to raise awareness among business of indigenous peoples’ rights and the corporate responsibility to respect these rights. The Guide will also provide practical suggestions for respecting and supporting these rights. A Second Exposure Draft of the Business Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is available for comment. 

All are invited to send comments on the draft to undrip@unglobalcompact.org through 7 October 2013. For more information, click here or contact Michelle Lau (laum@un.org). 

4. More Opportunities: Join 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. Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013: Looks at the state of corporate sustainability today – providing an in-depth review of the actions taken by companies around the world to embed responsible practices into their strategies, operations and culture. Based on responses to the Global Compact Annual Implementation Survey, the report provides a robust view on how businesses everywhere – and of all sizes – are adjusting their policies and practices to address today’s sustainability agenda. Download.

2. Making the Connection - Using the GRI G3.1 Guidelines to Communicate Progress: Introduces and explores ways Global Compact participants can use the GRI G3.1 Guidelines to develop their COP and includes a detailed cross-reference between G3.1 indicators and GC Advanced criteria. Jointly developed by the Global Compact and GRI. Download.

3. Global Compact for the 10th Principle - Corporate Sustainability with Integrity: Showcases a collection of cases from Global Compact companies and stakeholders around the world illustrating anti-corruption implementation efforts and the related dilemmas organizations face. 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. Registration closes on 13 September.

2. 7th Supply Chain Sustainability Advisory Group Meeting (18 Sep, New York)

– INVITATION ONLY – Hosted by Reed Elsevier, members of the Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability with gather to explore how supply chain sustainability can help advance the post-2015 development agenda. Ongoing work and deliverables will be discussed, including the initial results of the traceability initiative and a forthcoming practical guide to help prevent corruption in the supply chain. 

For information, please contact Anita Househam (househam@un.org).

3. 2013 PRME Summit (25-26 Sep, Bled)

– INVITATION ONLY – To continue the creation of a new intellectual, research, teaching and institutional agenda that develops leaders for the future we want, the 2013 PRME Summit will be a forum to share learnings from the innovations that have been taking place among PRME signatory schools. It will combine plenary sessions with keynote addresses, panels and Q&A, as well as a series of roundtables which will further contribute to hearing the voice of educators, business community, policy makers, youth and Summit participants in general.

For information and to register, please visit the PRME Summit website.

4. 16th International Business Forum - Green and Inclusive Business: Exploring and Developing Markets for Sustainable Growth (23-24 Oct, Istanbul)

– INVITATION ONLY – Co-hosted by the Global Compact and GIZ, the 16th International Business Forum (IBF) will aim to foster dialogue and knowledge-transfer between businesses, governments and civil society to promote, develop and scale up sustainable business models in developing and emerging countries. The event will focus on green and inclusive business models and is targeted to organizations already active in the space or that would like to learn more about combining economic, social and environmental objectives in their business models. Entrepreneurs will be able to attend trainings and seminars before and during the event. Businesses are also invited to apply for the CHANGING Markets Award, which will recognize enterprises for building their business case around environmental considerations and creating impact at the Base of the Pyramid.

For more information visit the IBF website, and contact the IBF team (ibf2013@giz.de) to express interest in attending.

4. Upcoming Webinars (September - October 2013) – OPEN INVITATION  

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  Event Calendar

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

October
Communication on Engagement Policy for Non-Business Participants (9 Oct, online)
Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in French (16 Oct, online)
16th International Business Forum - Green and Inclusive Business: Exploring and Developing Markets for Sustainable Growth (23-24 Oct, Istanbul)
Communication on Engagement Policy for Non-Business Participants (23 Oct, online)

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 11 September 2013