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UN GLOBAL COMPACT BULLETIN

January 2014

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. UN Member States Renew and Strengthen the Global Compact's Mandate
2. Global Compact Brings Business Perspective to UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
3. Business Calls for Anti-Corruption to be Fundamental Pillar of Post-2015 Development Agenda
4. Global Compact and International Road Transport Union Join Forces on Anti-Corruption
5. Global Compact Logo Policy Update in Effect as of 1 January 2014
6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Provide Input: Revision of the SAI SA8000 Standard
2. More Opportunities: Join Caring for Climate and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 - Summary Report
2. New Communication on Progress (COP) Resources

  • Making the Connection: Using the G4 Guidelines to Communicate Progress on the UN Global Compact Principles
  • Your Path to External Assessment

3. Water as a Casualty of Conflict: Threats to Business and Society in High-Risk Areas

EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. Upcoming Webinars (February 2014)

  • Trade and Road Transport Facilitation to Promote Sustainable Supply Chains, conducted with IRU (International Road Transport Union) (TBC Feb)

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. UN Member States Renew and Strengthen the Global Compact's Mandate
The Second Committee of the UN General Assembly (Economic and Financial Committee) adopted a resolution (6 December) on the evolving strategic engagement between the UN and the private sector. The resolution, under General Assembly agenda item 26, reiterates the Global Compact’s broad mandate “to advance United Nations values and responsible business practices within the United Nations system and among the global business community”. The UN Member States recognized the critical role of the private sector in advancing internationally agreed goals through partnerships, employment and investment, new technologies and vocational training. UN Member States also welcomed the contributions of Local Networks in diffusing UN values, facilitating partnerships and gathering input from businesses on the post-2015 development agenda. More. Read the General Assembly Resolution.

2. Global Compact Brings Business Perspective to UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
The Global Compact joined more than 1,700 participants from Government, civil society and business for the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (2-4 December, Geneva) – helping to bring the voice of the private sector to critical discussions on implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. At the invitation of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, the Global Compact, together with partners, convened a business stakeholder meeting to facilitate dialogue among peers and discuss key challenges and opportunities associated with implementing the Guiding Principles. The Global Compact further contributed to the Forum by introducing global platforms and initiatives, such as Business for Peace and the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, local engagement activities, and a new Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. More.

3. Business Calls for Anti-Corruption to be Fundamental Pillar of Post-2015 Development Agenda
At the 13th Meeting of the Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle Against Corruption (9 December, New York), nearly 100 senior representatives from business, civil society, the UN and academia called for anti-corruption and good governance to be included as fundamental pillars of the post-2015 development agenda. In remarks delivered on behalf of the Secretary-General, the Deputy-Secretary-General welcomed progress made by the private sector to recognize its role in eliminating corruption. The meeting reaffirmed a Call to Action to create enabling environments for more robust disclosure, transparency and enforcement mechanisms. A high-level panel discussion was held on the business case for fighting corruption in sport sponsorship and sport-related hospitality and a new guide on the topic was launched. More. Read the Secretary-General's full remarks (as delivered by the Deputy Secretary-General).

4. Global Compact and International Road Transport Union Join Forces on Anti-Corruption
The Global Compact and International Road Transport Union announced the Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GACI) to fight extortion and corruption across borders. The GACI will analyze anti-corruption in the transport and logistics industry along major international trade routes in Eurasia, Africa and Latin America. A questionnaire completed by road transport companies and truck drivers will help to identify the areas of business and administrative activities, as well as geographic location, that are most vulnerable to extortion and bribery. More.

5. Global Compact Logo Policy Update in Effect as of 1 January 2014
Starting 1 January 2014, an update to the Global Compact Logo Policy took effect to clarify the criteria used in reviewing requests to use the "We support the Global Compact" logo made by business participants. The criteria now include a requirement that business participants have made an annual contribution to the Foundation for the Global Compact in the past twelve months in order to use the "We support the Global Compact" logo. The contextualized COP logo will continue to be available for download and use within a Participant's COP without prior permission of the Global Compact Office. View Logo Policy.

6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In December, 119 companies and 24 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 34 companies were expelled for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA (Switzerland), OMV PETROM S.A. (Romania), Sun International Limited (South Africa), Caixa Geral de Depositos (Portugal), Reseau de Transport d’Electricite (RTE) (France), Central America Bottling Corporation (cbc) (Guatemala), Groupe Limagrain (France), Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu    (Brazil), AZOT, PJSC (Ukraine) and Santos Brasil Participacoes S/A (Brazil).
    
Total figures as of 31 December:

  • Business participants: 7,950
  • Non-business participants: 4,119
  • COPs submitted: 23,811
  • Expelled business participants: 4,256

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Provide Input: Revision of the SAI SA8000 Standard

Every five years SAI revises the SA8000 standard – an auditable social certification standards for decent workplaces based on conventions of the UN, ILO and national law – in order to ensure its continued relevance and adoptability. Global Compact participants are invited to participate in the 2014 revision of the SAI SA8000 standard by providing feedback on the Proposed Draft.

Please share your views by completing a consultation questionnaire by 16 February. For more information, contact Alex Katz (AKatz@sa-intl.org).  

2. More Opportunities: Join the Caring for Climate 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. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 - Summary Report: Provides an overview of the high-level corporate sustainability strategy discussions and the strategic recommendations and action imperatives produced at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013: Architects of a Better World. Held in New York on 19-20 September 2013, the Leaders Summit brought together 1,200 chief executives with leaders from civil society, Government and the United Nations to unveil the Business Engagement Architecture to align and scale up business action in support of sustainable development priorities. Download.

2. New Communication on Progress (COP) Resources

  • Making the Connection: Using the G4 Guidelines to Communicate Progress on the UN Global Compact Principles: Describes how to use the G4 Guidelines to prepare a COP and addresses how to fulfil the elements of the GC Active and GC Advanced levels of the Global Compact Differentiation Programme, as well as the requirements to be “in accordance” with G4. Download.
  • Your Path to External Assessment: Aims to help companies set the scope and objective for external assessment of sustainability reports and/or COPs; understand the different approaches to inform the right type of assessment; and select a specific external assessment approach. Download.

3. Water as a Casualty of Conflict: Threats to Business and Society in High-Risk Areas: Provides a framework for understanding the nature of water challenges in conflict and high-risk areas and how these, in turn, affect businesses and society. The report provides examples of impacts on business operations and anecdotal highlights of what companies are doing in response. 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 (Feburary 2014) – OPEN INVITATION  

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Event Calendar

February
Trade and Road Transport Facilitation to Promote Sustainable Supply Chains, conducted with IRU (International Road Transport Union) (TBC Feb)
Local Network Regional Meeting Africa/MENA (21-22 Feb, Accra)
Local Network Regional Meeting Asia/Oceania (TBC)

March
6th Annual Women's Empowerment Principles Event: Gender Equality and the Global Jobs Challenge (5-6 Mar, New York)

April
CEO Water Mandate Multi-Stakeholder Working Conference (TBC, Lima)
Children's Rights and Business Principles - Annual Conference (TBC, Nairobi)

June
Private Sector Focal Points Meeting and Annual Local Networks Forum (10-12 Jun, Addis Ababa)

August
CEO Water Mandate Multi-Stakeholder Conference at World Water Week (TBC, Stockholm)

September
United Nations Private Sector Forum (TBC, New York)

December
Caring for Climate Business Forum (TBC, Lima)
Meeting of the Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle against Corruption (TBC, New York)
 

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

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Published 8 January 2014