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UN GLOBAL COMPACT BULLETIN

APRIL 2010

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Global Compact Board Discusses Delistings, Calls for Review of COP Procedures
2. Secretary-General Urges Private Sector and Government to Heed Lessons from Financial Crisis
3. Business Community Called Upon to Advance Women’s Empowerment and Inclusion
4. Regional Activities Held in Africa and Asia

  • Sudan Workshop Explores Responsible Business and Investment
  • India Conclave Receives Strong Government Support
  • Events in Pakistan Explore Advancement of the Global Compact

5. Principles for Responsible Management Education Adopts Governance Framework
6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
 

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Examples: Sustainable Supply Chain Management
2. More Opportunities: Children's Rights, Caring for Climate and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business
2. Launch of Human Rights Working Group Good Practice Note Series

  • How Business Can Encourage Governments to Fulfil their Human Rights Obligations  
  • Setting up a Multi-Stakeholder Panel as a Tool for Effective Stakeholder Dialogue

3. Spanish Introduction to Business & Human Rights and the Global Compact Principles

EVENTS

1. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010 (24-25 June, New York) – INVITATION ONLY
2. Business for the Environment (B4E) 2010 (22-23 April, Seoul) – OPEN EVENT
3. Workshop: Role of the Private Sector in Contributing to Peace and Development (25 - 26 April, Tokyo) – OPEN EVENT

 

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Global Compact Board Discusses Delistings, Calls for Review of COP Procedures
At a meeting of the Global Compact Board (25 March, New York) the issue of companies being delisted from the Global Compact for failure to communicate progress was addressed. Board members approved a measure proposed by the Global Compact Office to introduce a one-year moratorium on delisting companies from non-OECD/G20 countries, following the recent removal of a disproportionate number of companies in these countries. The measure was deemed necessary pending a further review of the current Communication of Progress (COP) mechanism and its suitability for companies in emerging and less-developed economies. More.

2. Secretary-General Urges Private Sector and Government to Heed Lessons from Financial Crisis
In remarks delivered at a luncheon event on the occasion of the Global Compact Board meeting (25 March, New York), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the private sector and Governments to heed the lessons of the global financial crisis. The Secretary-General stressed that "there is a strong case that addressing critical issues, such as poverty and climate change, can simultaneously spur growth and tackle long-term challenges". More. View Secretary-Generals Remarks

3. Business Community Called Upon to Advance Women’s Empowerment and Inclusion
Launched on the occasion of International Women's Day (8 March, New York), the Women’s Empowerment Principles—Equality Means Business outline seven steps for companies to empower women in the workplace. Developed jointly by the UN Global Compact and UNIFEM, the WEPs were developed through a year-long international multi-stakeholder consultation. Drawing on real-life business practices, the Women’s Principles are designed to help companies to tailor existing policies and practices—or establish necessary new ones—to advance women’s empowerment and inclusion. More. Women's Empowerment Principles.

4. Regional Activities Held in Africa and Asia

– Sudan Workshop Explores Responsible Business and Investment
(2 March, Khartoum) – Over 120 representatives of business, investors, civil society, academia, the UN and Government gathered to identify responsible business and investment practices in the context of Sudan with a view to building a common understanding among all stakeholders. The event also focused on responsible business and investment in other conflict-affected countries and high-risk areas; these proceedings will contribute to upcoming guidance on responsible business and investment. More.

– India Conclave Receives Strong Government Support
(16 March, New Delhi) – The Asia - Pacific Regional Conclave was held on the topic of “Enhancing Enterprise Value through the Global Compact" and drew over 500 delegates from 21 countries, including dozens of top leaders from Government, business and civil society. A main outcome of the event was agreement on closer collaboration between stakeholder groups, expected to lead to the development of a road map for spreading corporate sustainability throughout Asia-Pacific. More.

– Events in Pakistan Explore Advancement of the Global Compact
(18-19 March, Karachi) – A series of meetings were held in order to launch a new phase in strengthening the Global Compact and the Local Network in Pakistan. Addressing labour rights, responsible management education, and social development, the events positioned the network to enhance reach and capacity. Additionally, the meetings provided the opportunity to explore mechanisms to build the network, such as developing a system of district chapters to stimulate local growth. More.

5. Principles for Responsible Management Education Adopts Governance Framework
The Steering Committee of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) has formally adopted a governance framework. The framework defines the composition and objectives of the initiative’s main governance bodies: the PRME Steering Committee – comprised of global business school associations and specialized associations; the Secretariat – managed by the Global Compact Office; and the Global Forum for Responsible Management Education – to be held on a triennial basis. More.

6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In March, 119 companies and 51 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact.     41 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd. (China), Citi (USA), China  Railway  Construction  Corporation  Limited (China), United Airlines (USA), Fluor Corporation (USA), Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (Israel), D.Swarovski & Co. (Austria), Benesse Holdings, Inc. (Japan), Owens Corning (USA), Renaissance Services SAOG (Oman).

Total figures as of 31 March:

  • Business participants: 5,911
  • Non-business participants: 2,219
  • COPs received: 7,419
  • Delisted business participants: 1,411

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunities are intended for Global Compact stakeholders unless otherwise indicated.

1. Call for Examples: Sustainable Supply Chain Management
Global Compact participants are invited to submit brief examples describing efforts to incorporate and promote the Ten Principles in their supply chains – to be included in an upcoming publication. Examples can include: managing supply chain sustainability internally, designing management structures, engaging with procurement, setting objectives and incentives, engaging with suppliers, using the contracting process to promote sustainability, auditing suppliers’ performance and building capacity, and promoting sustainable management systems.

For further information or to submit an example, please contact Cecilie Hultmann (hultmann@un.org).

2. More Opportunities: Children’s Rights, 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. Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business: Offers guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. The Principles emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and are informed by real-life business practices and input gathered from across the globe. Download.

2. Human Rights Working Group Good Practice Note Series:

How Business Can Encourage Governments to Fulfil their Human Rights Obligations: Considers actions and lessons learned by companies that have and have not attempted to encourage governments to fulfil their human rights obligations. Key questions for consideration and potential courses of action are identified. Download.

Setting up a Multi-Stakeholder Panel as a Tool for Effective Stakeholder Dialogue: Shares lessons learned by companies that have set up multi-stakeholder panels to encourage and improve stakeholder dialogue, both locally and globally. Identifies advantages, challenges and good practices. Download.

3. Cómo asegurar el respeto de los Derechos Humanos en la Empresa: Introduces the role of business in supporting human rights and the expectations of the Global Compact's human rights principles. Materials only available in Spanish. Website.

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

 

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EVENTS

1. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010 (24-25 June, New York)
– INVITATION ONLY – The Leaders Summit will convene chief executives with leaders from civil society, government and the UN to elevate the role of responsible business in bringing about the needed transformation to more sustainable and inclusive markets. Held every three years, the Summit is the forum for Global Compact participants to renew their commitment to responsible practices, share progress made and set the direction for the coming years.

View the Programme. List of Featured Attendees. Resources to be Launched.

For information and to register, please visit the Leaders Summit website or email LS2010@mci-group.com.

2. Business for the Environment (B4E) 2010 (22-23 April, Seoul)
OPEN EVENT – An international conference for dialogue and business-driven action on the environment. The summit will address the most urgent environmental challenges faced by the world today. Topics on the agenda include resource efficiency, renewable energies, new business models and climate policy and strategies.

For information and to register, please visit the event website or contact Lila Karbassi (karbassi@un.org).

3. Workshop on the Role of the Private Sector in Contributing to Peace and Development (25 - 26 April, Tokyo)
OPEN EVENT – Global Compact participants in Asia are invited. At the event, business representatives, academia, government officials and civil society leaders from the region will discuss draft guidance for companies and shareholders on “Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected & High-Risk Areas” and explore its relevance to the Asian business community. The second day will consist of a training programme for business. Convened by the Global Compact Office, Global Compact Network Japan, the University of Tokyo and Keiai University.

For information and to confirm your interest in participating, please email Donna Chung (chungd@un.org).

 

 

2010 Event Calendar

April
Second Meeting of Caring for Climate Signatories (7-8 Apr, Geneva)
UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting (13-14 Apr, Geneva)
CEO Water Mandate Working Conference: Water and Public Policy (15-16 Apr, New York)
B4E Business for Environment Global Summit 2010 (22–23 Apr, Seoul)
Workshop: Private Sector Contribution to Peace & Development (25 - 26 Apr, Tokyo)

June
VIII Annual Local Networks Forum (23 June, New York)
Meeting of the Global Compact Anti-Corruption Working Group (23 June, New York)
2010 Global Compact Leaders Summit (24–25 June, New York)

August
Global Compact China - Japan - Korea Roundtable Conference (Date TBD, Shanghai)
World Expo 2010: UN Global Compact Exhibition at the UN Pavilion (2-13 August, Shanghai)

September
Third UN Private Sector Forum: The Millennium Development Goals (Date TBD, New York)

Please visit the Event Calendar on our website to learn more about the listed events, including intended audience and availability.

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Published 8 April 2010