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October 2013

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Caring for Climate Business Forum

NEWS & UPDATES

1. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 Convenes 1,200 Participants to Advance Corporate Engagement on Sustainable Development Priorities

  • Secretary-General Unveils Architecture to Scale Up Corporate Action, Stresses that Business is “Integral” to UN Agenda
  • New Platforms Launched: Business for Peace and Business Engagement in Education
  • Global Compact and Accenture Release Largest Global CEO Study on Sustainability
  • UN Private Sector Forum Showcases African Business Leaders
  • Fast-Paced, High-Powered Special Events Convened on First Day of Leaders Summit
  • Deputy Secretary-General Addresses CEO Water Mandate
  • Pearl Initiative and Global Compact Partner to Advance Corporate Sustainability in the Arab World
  • Women Corporate Leaders Urge Businesses to Act on Climate Change

2. Global Compact Launches Stock Index
3. CEO Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles Tops 600
4. Management Educators Commit to “Building the Post-2015 Business Engagement Architecture”, Launch Champion Group
5. Communication on Engagement Policy for Non-Business Participants to Take Effect on 31 October 2013
6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Nominations: WEPs Leadership Award
2. Call to Action: Anti-Corruption and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
3. Provide Input: Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles Consultation
4. More Opportunities: Join the Child Labour Platform and more
 

NEW RESOURCES

1. New Tools & Resources Launched at the Leaders Summit

  • Architects of a Better World: Building the Post-2015 Business Engagement Architecture
  • UN Global Compact Business Partnership Hub
  • UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability 2013
  • Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013
  • The Africa Sustainability Barometer
  • Embedding Human Rights in Business Practice IV
  • A Guide for Anti-Corruption Risk Assessment
  • Stand Together Against Corruption: A Practical Guide to Help Prevent Corruption in the Supply Chain
  • Responsible Business Advancing Peace: Examples from Companies, Investors & Global Compact Local Networks

2. Guide to Water-Related Collective Action
3. Business and Human Rights Learning Tool
 

EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. Caring for Climate Business Forum at COP19/CMP9 (19-20 Nov, Warsaw)
2. India Collaboration Lab: New Alliances for Water and Sanitation (22-23 Oct, New Delhi)
3. Private Sector Partnerships Forum at the Global South-South Development Expo (28 Oct - 1 Nov, Nairobi)
4. 13th Meeting of the Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle against Corruption (9-10 Dec, New York)
5. Upcoming Webinars (October - November 2013)

  • Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in French (16 Oct)
  • Communication on Engagement Policy for Non-Business Participants (23 Oct)
  • Empowering Children and Youth Through Financial Literary and Inclusion (7 Nov)
  • Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Human Trafficking and Migrant Workers (11 Nov)

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 Convenes 1,200 Participants to Advance Corporate Engagement on Sustainable Development Priorities

  • Secretary-General Unveils Architecture to Scale Up Corporate Action, Stresses that Business is “Integral” to UN Agenda
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Opening Plenary of the Leaders Summit emphasizing that the Post-2015 Business Engagement Architecture is designed to “drive and scale up corporate actions to directly advance United Nations goals” and presents ambitious plans for companies to align long-term business interests with overall social and environmental progress. The Secretary-General also announced three new platforms for business on education, agriculture and peace, which will complement existing platforms on women’s empowerment, children’s rights, climate, water and anti-corruption. Local Networks organized in 101 countries will continue to play a critical role in advancing local sustainability action. More. Read the Secretary-General's full remarks.
  • New Platforms Launched: Business for Peace and Business Engagement in Education
    The Business for Peace platform, launched by the Secretary-General (20 September), aims to engage companies in actions that contribute to peace in a wide range of environments, including periods of strife, situations which may turn into conflict and post-conflict reconciliation. Representatives of companies participating in 17 Local Networks and more than 45 individual firms met at a kickoff event (19 September). More. Learn how to participate. 

    The Secretary-General launched a framework for business to engage in education (20 September) developed by UNESCO, UNICEF, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and the Global Compact. The Smartest Investment: A Framework for Business Engagement in Education makes the case that education is not only good for society but also good for business, and outlines steps to realize business benefits while advancing education goals. More.
     
  • Global Compact and Accenture Release Largest Global CEO Study on Sustainability
    According to this year’s triennial UN Global Compact–Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability, more than two thirds of chief executives - 67 percent - believe that business is not doing enough to address global sustainability challenges. Amid evidence that CEOs are strongly committed to embedding sustainability throughout their organizations, the vast majority call for action to incentivize and reward sustainability leaders and unlock the full potential of the private sector. More.
  • UN Private Sector Forum Showcases African Business Leaders
    Convened by the Secretary-General, the UN Private Sector Forum (20 September) brought together business, Government, academic and civil society leaders to discuss strategic questions around the themes of employment and inclusive growth, education, women's empowerment, and innovative and sustainable finance. Organized by the Global Compact, in close cooperation with the African Union, African Business Magazine, African Development Bank, ILO, UNDP and UNESCO, the Forum also marked the announcement of 25 business commitments towards sustainable development or public-private partnerships on the continent. The Africa Sustainability Barometer – a joint initiative of the Global Compact and the Financial Times – was also launched to gauge the state of corporate sustainability reporting on the continent. More. See the list of commitments.
  • Fast-Paced, High-Powered Special Events Convened on First Day of Leaders Summit
    Over 30 special events were organized with dozens of partners featuring deeper engagement and efforts to scale up existing work on a range of issues. A full day of discussions, workshops and programme launches addressed topics including women, children, climate, energy, water, state-owned enterprises, impact investing, private sustainability finance, technology-powered business partnership hubs, anti-corruption, scaling up partnerships and connecting country efforts, among others. More.
  • Deputy Secretary-General Addresses CEO Water Mandate
    Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson addressed a Leaders Summit special session (19 September), emphasizing the need for international cooperation with the business community to address global water and sanitation challenges. The event featured approximately 120 leaders from business, Government, the UN, civil society and other interests, and explored how the CEO Water Mandate and its work around corporate water stewardship can help inform the post-2015 development process. More.
  • Pearl Initiative and Global Compact Partner to Advance Corporate Sustainability in the Arab World
    The Pearl Initiative – an organization working on corporate governance in the Arab World – and the Global Compact signed a strategic partnership agreement (19 September) to collaborate in countries across the Middle East and North Africa. The partnership will enable the two organizations to implement joint programmes to improve responsible business practices - such as corporate governance, diversity, transparent reporting, anti-corruption, responsible investment and integrity in the supply chain. More.
  • Women Corporate Leaders Urge Businesses to Act on Climate Change
    Speaking at a Leaders Summit special event (19 September), a group of influential women corporate leaders highlighted women as agents of change and the value of investing in women’s empowerment – from the factory floor to the boardroom – in order to maximize impact on key sustainability issues. More.

2. Global Compact Launches Stock Index
The Global Compact launched the “Global Compact 100” – a stock index of companies committed to the Global Compact ten principles that shows a total investment return of 26.4 percent during the past year, surpassing the general global stock market. More.

3. CEO Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles Tops 600
The total number of CEOs endorsing the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) – offering guidance to business on how to empower women and advance equality in the workplace, marketplace and community – moved past 600 (18 September). Supporters of the WEPs, a joint initiative of UN Women and the Global Compact, come from over 40 countries. More. Watch a video about the WEPs.

4. Management Educators Commit to “Building the Post-2015 Business Engagement Architecture”
More than 200 participants convened for the 2013 PRME Summit – 5th Annual Assembly (25-26 September, Bled) hosted by CEEMAN as Chair of the PRME Steering Committee and co-organized with the PRME Secretariat. Business school leaders, faculty, researchers and students, along with representatives from business, Government and civil society, shared learnings about responsible management education and unanimously endorsed a Declaration that supports commitments to sustainable development through management education. A group of PRME Champions was recently launched and has made ambitious commitments to collaboratively develop and promote activities to advance responsible management education. More about the PRME Summit. More about the PRME Champions.

5. Communication on Engagement Policy for Non-Business Participants to Take Effect on 31 October 2013
The 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. Read an advance draft of the COE Policy.

6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In September, 92 companies and 33 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 9 companies were expelled for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Sibanye Gold Ltd (South Africa), Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (USA), Coromandel International Limited (India), Finnair Plc (Finland), Danish Agro a.m.b.a (Denmark), Fertilizantes Heringer S.A. (Brazil), Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd. (MUJI) (Japan), Fujikura Ltd. (Japan), Anel Group (Turkey) and Sudatel Telecom Group (Sudan).
    
Total figures as of 30 September:

  • Business participants: 7,771
  • Non-business participants: 4,037
  • COPs submitted: 22,256
  • Expelled business participants: 4,188

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Nominations: WEPs Leadership Award
The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) is accepting nominations for the 2014 Leadership Awards, which highlight concrete actions taken to implement the WEPs and advance and empower women.

The deadline for submission is 1 November 2013. The Awards will be presented at the 6th Annual WEPs Event (5-6 Mar, New York). For more information on the Awards, eligibility and how to apply, please visit the WEPs 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 urges Governments to promote anti-corruption measures and implement related policies to establish systems of good governance. Companies are encouraged to join this critical effort to help bring corporate sustainability to the next level by addressing corruption in all its forms.

Companies are invited to sign on to the Call to Action. Visit our website to learn more. To add your company’s name, please email anticorruption@unglobalcompact.org.

3. 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).

4. 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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NEW RESOURCES

1. New Tools & Resources Launched at the Leaders Summit 2013

  • Architects of a Better World: Building the Post-2015 Business Engagement Architecture: Illustrates the main building blocks necessary to enhance corporate sustainability as an effective contribution to sustainable development, creating value for both business and society. Each of these building blocks must be further strengthened and connected through a comprehensive and collective effort if they are to help take corporate sustainability to scale and turn business into a truly transformative force in the Post-2015 era. Developed in alliance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Download.
  • UN Global Compact Business Partnership Hub: Online, interactive platform to match businesses with potential partners in order to facilitate collective action on key global issues. The partnership hub currently facilitates partnerships on climate and energy, water, anti-corruption and social enterprise, and links business with potential partners in the UN system. Visit www.businesspartnershiphub.org.

  • UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability 2013: Presents findings from the world’s largest CEO study on sustainability to date. More than 1,000 top executives from 27 industries across 103 countries assess the past, present and future of sustainable business; discuss a new global architecture to unlock the full potential of business in contributing to global priorities; and reveal how leading companies are adopting innovative strategies to combine impact and value creation. Download.

  • 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.  Download.

  • The Africa Sustainability Barometer: Provides the first benchmark for the state of sustainability on the continent based on a comprehensive, region-wide assessment of sustainable business practice. Download.

  • Embedding Human Rights in Business Practice IV: Explores ten companies and how they deal with various human rights issues. Download.
  • A Guide for Anti-Corruption Risk Assessment: Seeks to provide a practical, step-by-step guidance on how to conduct an anti-corruption risk assessment. Download.
  • Stand Together Against Corruption: A Practical Guide to Help Prevent Corruption in the Supply Chain: Provides short and practical guidance to companies on managing anti-corruption in the supply chain. Includes specific company examples and other useful resources on this topic. Download.
  • Responsible Business Advancing Peace: Examples from Companies, Investors & Global Compact Local Networks: Presents case study examples implementing the "Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas: A Resource for Companies and Investors". Download.

2. Guide to Water-Related Collective Action: Offers good practice to help companies establish enduring relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, leaders, and individuals to advance sustainable water management. Download.

3. Business and Human Rights Learning Tool: Web-based modules integrate exercises and case studies on current trends and expectations towards business on implementation of human rights principles, as reflected in the Guiding Principles on Business and Humans. Recently updated in 2013. Access the tool.

Please visit the Tools and Resources webpage to access all material issued by the Global Compact.

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EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. Caring for Climate Business Forum at COP19/CMP9 (19-20 Nov, Warsaw)
— INVITATION ONLY — The Global Compact, UNEP and UNFCCC secretariat will organize the first annual Caring for Climate Business Forum: Innovation, Ambition, Collaboration, in cooperation with the COP19/CMP9 Polish Presidency. The first day of the Forum will feature over a dozen of thematic sessions designed to spur climate action and inspire collaboration. On Day 2, a high-level meeting will bring together chief and senior executives of Caring for Climate and UNEP-FI signatories with Ministers, Heads of UN Agencies and civil society.

For information and to register, please visit the Business Forum website or send an email to forum@caringforclimate.org.

2. India Collaboration Lab: New Alliances for Water and Sanitation (22-23 Oct, New Delhi)
– OPEN INVITATION – Organized by the Global Compact in partnership with the CEO Water Mandate and the Global Compact Network India, the Collaboration Lab aims to catalyze action on water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and other resource management challenges in India. Through a series of action-oriented sessions – including an innovative Pitch Session – the Collaboration Lab will convene representatives of the social enterprise, investor, corporate, civil society and policymaker communities to gain a deeper understanding of the topic, identify opportunities for cooperation and take action to advance WASH and water management.
 
Visit the event’s website for more details and to register.

3. Private Sector Partnerships Forum at the Global South-South Development Expo (28 Oct - 1 Nov, Nairobi)
– OPEN INVITATION – Convened by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and hosted by UNEP, the Global South-South Development Expo will showcase Southern-grown development solutions to address the Millennium Development Goals. At the Expo, the Global Compact will convene the Private Sector Partnerships Forum on “Clean and Green Economy”. Led and moderated by African and Chinese businesses and organizations, the forum will address vulnerabilities for corruption – particularly in the green infrastructure, construction and energy sectors – and explore how collective action can ensure greater transparency and promote sustainable development.

For information, please contact Olajobi Makinwa (makinwa@un.org) or Nkiruka Chiemelu (chiemelu@unglobalcompact.org).

4. 13th Meeting of the Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle against Corruption (9-10 Dec, New York)
– INVITATION ONLY – The meeting will bring together Global Compact business participants as well as representatives of civil society, labour, business associations, Global Compact Local Networks and international organizations, to discuss the implementation of the 10th principle, share best practices and explore concrete actions to leverage the work of the group.

For more information, please contact Moramay Navarro (navarroperez@un.org).

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

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Event Calendar

October
Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in French (16 Oct, online)
India Collaboration Lab: New Alliances for Water and Sanitation (22-23 Oct, New Delhi)
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)
Private Sector Partnerships Forum at the Global South-South Development Expo (28 Oct - 1 Nov, Nairobi)

November
Empowering Children and Youth Through Financial Literary and Inclusion (7 Nov, online)
3rd PRME MENA Regional Forum (9-11 Nov, Dubai)
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Human Trafficking and Migrant Workers (11 Nov, online)
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)

December
13th Meeting of the Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle against Corruption (9-10 Dec, New York)

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

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Published 11 October 2013