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UN Global Compact Engagement Opportunities

Following are engagement opportunities announced in the UN Global Compact Bulletin which are still open for interested parties:

CALL TO ACTION

Caring for Climate: Join the world’s largest global business coalition on climate. Caring for Climate is a unique initiative – a commitment to action by business and a call to governments, incorporating transparency. Endorsed by more than 300 companies from over 60 countries, Caring for Climate assists companies in the development of effective climate change policies while also providing a channel for the business community to contribute inputs and perspectives to key governmental deliberations. The broad geographical spread of its supporters, involving both leading actors from developed and emerging economies, reinforces the novel nature of this engagement platform. Read the Caring for Climate Statement and learn more about the initiative. Please email climatechange@unglobalcompact.org to express interest.

CEO Statement on Business and Human Rights: CEOs are invited to add their name to a statement on business and human rights. The purpose of the statement is to communicate to business everywhere that Global Compact participants – regardless of location, sector or size – recognize that human rights are an important business concern. View the statement. To indicate your CEO’s willingness to add his or her name, please send an email to Sunok Lee ( lee21@un.org ).

SURVEYS

Assessing Business Contributions to TB and HIV/AIDS: The Stop TB Department of the World Health Organization is conducting a survey on the efforts and contributions by the business sector to TB and HIV/AIDS. They have designed a workplace assessment tool to assist companies in evaluating responses and contributions, and to help align with national disease control programmes. The survey is designed to provide WHO colleagues with a global picture of the contributions made by companies in TB and HIV/AIDS control efforts. Download the assessment tool.

Vote Human Rights: Which human rights risks are most challenging for business in your sector? The UN Global Compact and the Danish Institute for Human Rights have developed a quick exercise to advance understanding of human rights risks that UN Global Compact participants have found most difficult to address. Results will be compiled into a “top 10” list for each sector with explanations of each issue’s relevance. The exercise is easy to complete and is anonymous. More. Vote today: http://www.unglobalcompact.org/Issues/human_rights/Vote_Human_Rights.html.

SEEKING EXAMPLES

Human Rights Working Group Seeks to Identify and Endorse Good Practices: The UN Global Compact Human Rights Working Group is seeking to identify and endorse good practices by companies and stakeholders in the implementation of the human rights principles. For the purposes of this submission process, good practices should draw on the experiences of many companies and should not be a case study on the experience of one particular company.

All UN Global Compact participants and stakeholders are invited to submit proposals, which should include the following elements: (i) process for developing the proposal; (ii) demonstrate how the proposed good practice has been tested and is supported by key affected stakeholder groups (some stages may only involve one stakeholder group); (iii) clear linkages to human rights; (iv) expected outcome and impacts. More information.

For more information, please contact Ursula Wynhoven (wynhoven@un.org) or Lene Wendland (lwendland@ohchr.org).

EXPRESS INTEREST

Consultative Process on Businesses Empowerment and Advancement of Women: The UN Global Compact and UNIFEM have launched a four-month process designed to bring attention to how business can, in practical and concrete terms, empower and advance women worldwide. In addition to global and local consultations on the application of the Women’s Principles, the process will also seek to build on a compendium of good practice examples that have been collected thus far. Responses are due to Laraine Mills (laraine.mills@unifem.org) by 15 June 2009. More on the consultative process. Questions for reflection. Examples For more information or to express interest, please contact Ursula Wynhoven ( wynhoven@un.org ).

EVENTS

For a complete list of 2009 events, please visit the Event Calendar on our website.

Online Discussion: Why should companies undertake a human rights impact assessment?
IBLF, IFC and the UN Global Compact will host the first quarterly online discussion on human rights impact assessments, as part of the road-testing process for the “Guide to Human Rights Impact Assessment and Management”. Open to any company, this discussion will address: Why should companies undertake a specific human rights impact assessment? The lead discussant will be Christine Bader, Advisor to the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, formerly of BP plc. The discussion will be open from Monday, 27 April 2009 (10:00 EST) to Friday, 1 May 2009 (17:00 EST). Please contact Désirée Abrahams at desiree.abrahams@iblf.org or +44 (0)20 7467 3608 for details or to participate. 

GCLead: Webinars and Retreat for Companies with Notable COPs
The Research Centre for the Global Compact, in partnership with AccountAbility and the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, present GCLead, a leadership and peer-to-peer learning platform for Global Compact signatories. GCLead invites Global Compact companies that have been recognized for posting a Notable COP (since 2007) to participate in events including:

  • Responsible Practices in the Downturn: 12 May 2009, 08:00-10:00 EST (webinar)
  • Responsible Restructuring and Preparing for Future Recovery: 16 June 2009, 08:00-10:00 EST (webinar)
  • Crisis and New Scenarios for Global Compact Implementation: 22 – 23 October 2009. This first retreat will be devoted to a thorough review of the landscape for responsible corporations today.

Download GCLead flyer. For more information, please contact Manuel Escudero (escuderom@un.org).

Invitation: 5th Communication on Progress Workshop for Practitioners (10 June, Istanbul)
The next COP workshop for practitioners will be held during the Annual Local Networks Forum in Istanbul on 10 June. The workshop will focus on recent COP guidance material developed by the Global Compact Office and partner organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to get issue-specific guidance – on human rights and anti-corruption, among other issues – and learn from peers on their reporting experiences.
For more information or to register, please contact Oliver Johner (johner@un.org).

Last Call for Registration: B4E Business for Environment Global Summit 2009 (Paris 22–23 April 2009)
The UN Global Compact and UNEP invite participants to attend B4E Business for the Environment Global Summit (B4E09). Entitled “The Green Imperative: Leadership, Innovation and Technology”, the Summit will address the most urgent environmental challenges and potential solutions, including resource efficiency, renewable energies, new business models, and climate policies and strategies. The event will bring together over 700 leaders from business, civil society, international organizations and government. Draft agenda.
Register at www.b4esummit.com/registration.html by 20 April 2009. All UN Global Compact participants indicating "Global Compact Member" in the registration code field will be entitled to a 20% discount.

Registration Reminder: World Business Summit on Climate Change (24 – 26 May, Copenhagen)
The chief executives of all Caring for Climate companies have been invited to attend the World Business Summit on Climate Change, taking place on 24-26 May 2009 in Copenhagen. Held six months prior to the UN climate conference (COP 15), this summit will bring business together with the world's top scientists, economists, civil society representatives, media leaders and government officials to put forward recommendations for the next international framework on climate change. P articipants are asked to register at the event website: http://www.copenhagenclimatecouncil.com/world-business-summit.html


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Engagement opportunities are intended for UN Global Compact participants and stakeholders unless otherwise indicated.

Last updated 14 April 2009