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UN GLOBAL COMPACT BULLETIN

MARCH 2010

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UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010

NEWS & UPDATES

1. Investors Put Pressure on Companies Failing to Report on Global Compact Principles
2. Global Compact Supports Professional Oath of Honor for Managers
3. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
 

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Examples:

  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Corporate Efforts to Respect and Support Children’s Rights

2. Call for Comment: Responsible Business & Investment in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
3. More Opportunities: Caring for Climate, Women’s Empowerment Principles, and more

EVENTS

1. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010 (24-25 June, New York) – INVITATION ONLY
2. Equality Means Business (9 March, New York) – LIMITED AVAILABILITY
3. Global Compact Asia-Pacific Regional Conclave 2010 (15-16 March, New Delhi) – OPEN EVENT
4. Corporate Citizenship 2010 - Doing Well By Doing Good (15-16 March, New York) – OPEN EVENT
5. Introduction to Business & Human Rights and the Global Compact Principles: Spanish Language Webinar (16 March, Online) – OPEN EVENT
6. Sustainability Virtual Summits: Smart ICT (30 March – 1 April, Online) – OPEN EVENT
7. Second Meeting of Caring for Climate Signatories (7-8 April, Geneva) – INVITATION ONLY
8. Business for the Environment (B4E) 2010 (22-23 April, Seoul) – OPEN EVENT

 

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Investors Put Pressure on Companies Failing to Report on Global Compact Principles
A coalition of global investors from 13 countries, managing over US$2.1 trillion of assets, added its voice to the increasing calls for better corporate reporting on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) activities. The international investor coalition has written to 86 major companies urging them to honour the reporting requirements of the Global Compact.  This is the third year that investors have engaged with UN Global Compact participant companies on the issue of transparency. More. View the status of companies in last year’s investor engagement.

2. Global Compact Supports Professional Oath of Honor for Managers
The Oath Project, the United Nations Global Compact and the Principles for Responsible Management Education announced an alliance to advance a professional oath of honor for business managers worldwide. The Oath, based on a comprehensive round of stakeholder input, forges a link between individual ethics and corporate responsibility. It is designed to inspire individuals to the high standard of business. More.

3. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In February, 92 companies and 45 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 46 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Carlson (United States of America), Michelin (France), METINVEST HOLDING, LLC (Ukraine), Belron (United Kingdom) and Fuji Electric Holdings Co., Ltd (Japan).

Total figures as of 28 February:

  • Business participants: 5,446
  • Non-business participants: 2,096
  • COPs received: 7,216
  • Delisted business participants: 1,883

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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).

Corporate Efforts to Respect and Support Children’s Rights
Global Compact participants are invited to submit examples of their efforts to respect and support children's rights – to be included in a compilation of good practices. Examples can include company efforts to: combat child labour, promote child protection, ensure child safety, respect children's rights in advertising and marketing, and support the child-related Millennium Development Goals.

For further information or to submit an example, please contact Lauren Gula (gulal@un.org).

2. Call for Comment: Responsible Business & Investment in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
This guidance aims to assist companies in adhering to the UN Global Compact ten principles within difficult operating environments and provides a common reference point that will facilitate constructive engagement among companies and investors on these issues. The guidance was developed by the UN Global Compact, the Principles for Responsible Investment and an expert group comprised of company representatives, investors, civil society leaders and UN representatives. The final version of the Guidance will be launched at the upcoming UN Global Compact Leaders' Summit on 24-25 June 2010. 

Comments and input to the draft guidance can be sent to Ms. Adrienne Gardaz at: gardaz@un.org by 19 March. Draft Guidance Document.

More Opportunities: Corporate responsibility to respect human rights, fighting corruption in the supply chain, 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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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.

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

2. Equality Means Business (9 March, New York)
– LIMITED AVAILABILITY – Convened by the UN Global Compact and UNIFEM, this multi-stakeholder event will launch the Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business. Held in celebration of International Women’s Day, the meeting will explore the practical relevance and implementation of the Principles in the workplace, marketplace and community. Agenda. Overview.

To express interest in participating, please contact Lauren Gula (gulal@un.org).

3. Global Compact Asia-Pacific Regional Conclave 2010 (15-16 March, New Delhi)
– OPEN EVENT – Organized by the Global Compact Network India in partnership with the UN Global Compact Office. Global Compact participants based – or with subsidiary operations – in the region are invited to explore the role of the Global Compact in enhancing responsible business practices in Asia-Pacific. All stakeholder groups are encouraged to attend.

For information and to register (free of charge), please visit the Event Website

4. Corporate Citizenship 2010 - Doing Well By Doing Good (15-16 March, New York)
– OPEN EVENT – Convened by Economist Conferences and supported by the UN Global Compact, this event will address the role and responsibility of business in relation to major international issues. The conference will feature distinguished speakers from across the private and public sector.

Global Compact participants and PRI signatories are invited to register and will receive a $300 savings off of the conference fee. Please visit http://corpcitizen.economist.com and register with code: UNGC.

5. Introduction to Business & Human Rights and the Global Compact Principles: Spanish Language Webinar (16 March, Online)
OPEN EVENT – The webinar, conducted only in Spanish, introduces the role of business in supporting human rights and the expectations of the Global Compact's human rights principles.

For more information or to register contact Valentine Papeians -Spanish companies- (valentinepapeians@pactomundial.org) or Diana Chavez -Latin American companies- (dchavez@andi.com.co)

6. Sustainability Virtual Summit: Smart ICT (30 March – 1 April, Online)
– OPEN EVENT – A continuation of discussions that took place at the UN Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen, December 2009), this is the first in a series of Summits that will focus on Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) that can contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change.

For information and to register (free of charge), please visit the Event website or contact Anne Feldmann (afeldmann@g2events.com).

7. Second Meeting of Caring for Climate Signatories (7-8 April, Geneva)
– C4C SIGNATORIES ONLY – Convened by the UN Global Compact Office, the event will bring together Caring for Climate signatories to share practices in managing risks and opportunities related to climate change, poverty alleviation and global issues. Implications of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) for business will be examined.

For information and to confirm participation by a Caring for Climate signatory, please contact Lila Karbassi (karbassi@un.org).

8. 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).
 

2010 Event Calendar

March
Responsible Investment & Business Practices in Conflict-Affected Countries (1-2 Mar, Khartoum)
Marketplace on Innovative Financial Solutions for Development (4-5 Mar, Paris)
Equality Means Businesss (9 Mar, New York)
Global Compact Asia Pacific Regional Conclave 2010 (15-16 Mar, New Delhi)
Corporate Citizenship 2010 - Doing Well By Doing Good (15-16 March, New York)
Introduction to Business & Human Rights and the GC Principles: Spanish (16 March, Online)
Human Rights Working Group Webinar (24 March, Online)
Sustainability Virtual Summits: Smart ICT (30 Mar – 1 Apr, Online)

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

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 4 March 2010