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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 ).

Support United Nations Relief Efforts in Gaza: In the UN Global Compact spirit of shared responsibility for a better world, participants are asked to consider supporting United Nations relief efforts, particularly related to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The United Nations seeks additional resources to help the civilian population in critical ways, including providing access to safe drinking water, fuel for power generation of hospitals, emergency shelter and food. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is the United Nations central donation facility, collecting contributions year-round to help ensure that funds are on hand to allow for immediate relief in emergencies. The UN Global Compact Office wishes to thank companies that have already provided generous support. Donations can be made on the CERF website: http://cerf.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.

Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain: Companies can avoid the risk of human trafficking by taking steps to make it harder for traffickers to use their products, premises or services, and by helping raise awareness of the problem. A number of businesses in the travel, tourism and technology sectors have introduced diverse measures to combat the problem. More information on Human Trafficking & Business. The aim of this survey is to learn more about company policies, capacity-building and other needs on the topic of human trafficking in global supply chains. Results will help UN agencies prioritize ways to support corporate and other efforts. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and is anonymous. Take the survey: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB228RLSTCZKP

Fighting Corruption in the Supply Chain: The Global Compact Anti-Corruption Working Group is developing a framework for dealing with corruption in the supply chain. As a first step, the group is working to identify best practices and is calling for information and materials from MNCs. Interested Multinational Companies (including non-Global Compact companies) should complete the questionnaire which outlines specific areas of interest. Responses and pertinent materials should be sent to Ms. Olajobi Makinwa ( makinwa@un.org ).

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.

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 the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) are launching 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 consultation 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. More on the consultative process. Questions for reflection. 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.

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).

Invitation: 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 12 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 5 March 2009