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MAY 2010

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Early Bird Registration Ends 14 May 2010

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010

NEWS & UPDATES

1. Meetings in Seoul, Geneva and New York Focus on Environment

  • Business Leaders Recommit to Urgent Action on Environment
  • Second Conference of Caring for Climate Signatories
  • Fifth Working Conference of the CEO Water Mandate

2. Global Investors Call for Disclosure on Anti-Corruption Measures
3. East Asia Workshop Explores Role of Business in Conflict-Affected Areas
4. Regional Network Meetings Held in Europe and Africa

  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Middle East and North Africa

5. UN Private Sector Focal Points from 30+ Entities Discuss Business Partnerships
6. Letter to Global Compact Participants from UNEP Executive Director Outlines Key Resources
7. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Support Sustainable Development: Partnership Opportunities for Business
2. Business Leaders Award Against Human Trafficking 2010: Call for Nominations
3. Anti-Corruption Success Story Pilot Programme: Call for Expressions of Interest
4. More Opportunities: Children’s Rights, Human Rights Dilemmas Forum and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Sustainable Cities: Global Compact Cities Programme
2. Global Compact Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Towards Global Responsibility

EVENTS

1. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010 (24-25 June, New York) – INVITATION ONLY
2. Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency (26–28 May, Amsterdam) – OPEN EVENT
3. 2nd Global Forum for Responsible Management Education (23 June, New York) – OPEN EVENT

 

2010 Event Calendar

May
Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency (26–28 May, Amsterdam)
Global Compact at Ten: Holding Ourselves Accountable (28 May, Istanbul)

June
Human Rights Working Group Webinar (1 Jun, online)
VIII Annual Local Networks Forum (23 Jun, New York)
Meeting of the Global Compact Anti-Corruption Working Group (23 Jun, New York)
2010 Global Compact Leaders Summit (24–25 Jun, New York)

August
World Expo 2010: UN Global Compact Exhibition at the UN Pavilion (2-13 Aug, Shanghai)

  • Global Compact High Level Forum China (2 Aug)
  • Global Compact China - Japan - Korea Roundtable Conference (3 Aug)
  • Forum on Corporate Responsibility in US and China Business Communities (4 Aug)


September
Third UN Private Sector Forum: The Millennium Development Goals (Week of Sep 20, New York)

October
Caring for Climate / B4E Special Event (4-5 Oct, Mexico City)

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

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Meetings in Seoul, Geneva and New York Focus on Environment

Business Leaders Recommit to Urgent Action on Environment
Gathering at the fourth annual Business for Environment Global Summit “B4E” (21-23 April, Seoul), corporate executives and entrepreneurs joined leaders from governments, international agencies, and civil society to forge a new sustainability pact. The pact advances solutions and approaches in numerous areas, including energy efficiency; green-growth strategies; water stewardship; and clean-tech innovations. More.

Second Conference of Caring for Climate Signatories
The conference (7-8 April, Geneva) featured a number of multi-stakeholder panels and discussions. Topics included: innovative solutions for a low-carbon economy; drivers of transformative change; business risks and opportunities; and future plans related to Caring for Climate. The conference placed a special focus on the link between climate change and development, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and issues such as health and water security. More.

Fifth Working Conference of the CEO Water Mandate
Covering topics including: water and public policy; water and human rights; and water and disclosure the conference (16 April, New York) had a special focus on the CEO Water Mandate's draft Guide to Responsible Business Engagement on Water Policy. More.

2. Global Investors Call for Disclosure on Anti-Corruption Measures
A coalition of investors has written to 21 major companies in 14 countries calling on them to improve their disclosure of bribery and corruption risks and avoidance measures (27 April, London). The investors behind this effort manage over US$1.6 trillion of assets in nine countries and are all signatories to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment. Companies from eight sectors - including defense, construction and capital goods - were contacted to explain whether their anti-corruption management systems adhere to international reporting frameworks developed by the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and UN Global Compact. More

3. East Asia Workshop Explores Role of Business in Conflict-Affected Areas
A high-level workshop was held (26 April, Tokyo) regarding how East Asian businesses can maximize the positive impact of their presence – such as contributing to building sustainable markets and setting good governance examples – when operating in conflict-affected or otherwise difficult environments. The workshop was one of the first business events in East Asia organized around this theme. The momentum generated at the event is expected to mobilize further action in this area. More.

4. Regional Network Meetings Held in Europe and Africa

– Eastern Europe and Central Asia
(16 April, Sofia) Hosted by the Global Compact Network Bulgaria, attendees included representatives from Local Networks in Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Russia, Italy and Ukraine. The meeting focused on the status of network development, as well as achievements and challenges in the region. More

– Middle East and North Africa
(20 April, Cairo) The first regional meeting was hosted by the Mansour Group, attendees included Local Network participants from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Syria. Deliberations focused on the status of network development, as well as achievements and challenges in the region. More

5. UN Private Sector Focal Points from 30+ Entities Discuss Business Partnerships
More than 100 representatives gathered for the United Nations System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting 2010 (13-14 April, Geneva). Discussions focused on leveraging the private sector contribution to advancing the MDGs. The importance of improving collaboration across the UN system was emphasized as a means of ensuring integrity and brand. Notable system-wide developments since the last private sector focal points meeting include the revision of the UN-business guidelines and the launch of the new UN-business website. More

6. Letter to Global Compact Participants from UNEP Executive Director Outlines Key Resources
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme has issued a letter to all Global Compact participants regarding key resources that may prove useful in addressing the broad challenge of environmental sustainability in future business strategies. Additional partnership opportunities are also referenced within the letter. Download Letter.

7. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In April, 99 companies and 33 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 38 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Italcementi Group (Italy), Desarrolladora Homex S.A.B de C.V. (Mexico), Maruha Nichiro Holdings, Inc. (Japan), KSB Aktiengesellschaft (Germany), Bloomberg, L.P. (USA).

Total figures as of 30 April:

  • Business participants: 5,936
  • Non-business participants: 2,259
  • COPs received: 7,977
  • Delisted business participants: 1,336

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunities are intended for Global Compact stakeholders unless otherwise indicated.

1. Support Sustainable Development: Partnership Opportunities for Business
This year marks a decade since world leaders committed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but much remains to be done to reach these critical milestones. Business leaders must intensify their efforts to help combat global poverty, hunger and disease and are encouraged to inspire others to do the same. The upcoming Leaders Summit will offer an excellent platform for companies to demonstrate how they are making a contribution to development and the MDGs. The Global Compact hopes that every company attending the Summit will come prepared to share a new commitment. We expect that a highlight of the event will be the announcement of new partnerships between business and the UN in support of the MDGs.

We encourage you to review the prepared list of partnership opportunities from across the UN System that both contribute to the MDGs and could benefit from additional corporate engagement.

2. Business Leaders Award Against Human Trafficking 2010: Call for Nominations
End Human Trafficking Now!, the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and the United Nations Global Compact have jointly established a new international award, “Business Leaders against Human Trafficking”. The award aims to reward creativity in identifying, preventing and combating human trafficking. It will commend business innovations in labour policies, supply chain management and corporate sustainability initiatives that help to fight human trafficking.

Information on the award and the nomination process can be found at www.businessleaderaward.org. The call for nominations will end on 31 July 2010.

3. Anti-Corruption Success Story Pilot Programme: Call for Expressions of Interest
The Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle against Corruption recently established a ‘Media Engagement Initiative’ Taskforce The taskforce aims to create positive engagement with the media industry and enhance media coverage of corporate anti-corruption efforts. The Taskforce seeks to establish an Anti-Corruption Success Story program; featuring tangible, real-world stories on what the private sector can do against corruption. In conjunction with PRME, the Taskforce seeks to conduct a pilot in Fall 2010 in order to produce an initial set of Anti-Corruption Success Stories.

For more information on this program download the guidance document. To express participation interest contact Olajobi Makinwa (makinwa@un.org) or Sven Biermann (sven.biermann@accenture.com).
 

4. More Opportunities: Children’s Rights, Human Rights Dilemmas Forum 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. Sustainable Cities: Global Compact Cities Programme: Reviews the work of the Global Compact's urban initiative dedicated to the promotion and adoption of the Global Compact’s ten principles by cities, and provides a framework for translating the principles into day-to-day urban governance and management. Includes case examples of how participating cities around the world are addressing issues such as climate change, slum rehabilitation, water management and corruption. Download.

2. Global Compact Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises - Towards Global Responsibility: Provides guidance for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMES) in implementing the Ten Principles of the Global Compact. SMEs in Denmark share their experiences on how they approached the challenge of implementing the principles in practice. The majority of companies concentrated their efforts on improving labor standards and environmental initiatives. Download.

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. Early Bird Registration ends 14 May 2010. The Global Compact Leaders Summit is the premier UN-business event. An ambitious programme is planned:

  • 1,000+ business, investment, civil society, academic and UN leaders
  • Government ministers from all regions
  • Peer-to-peer roundtable discussion format for all sessions
  • Showcasing business commitments to advance sustainable development and global prosperity
  • Presenting results of the largest study of 700+ CEOs on the future of corporate responsibility
  • Introducing the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership within the UN Global Compact
  • Launching a wide range of new resources covering all UN Global Compact principle areas
  • Profiling an array of UN-business partnership to help achieve the MDGs
  • Marking the 10th Anniversary of the UN Global Compact at a Gala Dinner

Visit the Leaders Summit website (www.leaderssummit2010.org) to learn more about the agenda, featured attendees, resources to be launched at the event, and the numerous side events being held in conjunction with the Summit. Register Now. Please direct inquiries by email to LS2010@mci-group.com.

2. Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency (26–28 May, Amsterdam)
OPEN EVENT – The third conference of leaders, thinkers and doers in the field of sustainability reporting, will be held under the theme: Rethink. Rebuild. Report. The conference will explore how to reach The Global Reporting Initiative’s vision that disclosure on environmental, social, and governance performance is as mainstream as financial reporting by the year 2020. Close to 200 speakers from business, finance, politics and civil society will share their views and debate on how to better facilitate the transition to a sustainable economy.

For information and to register, please visit the event website or contact Jerome Lavigne (lavigne@unglobalcompact.org).

3. 2nd Global Forum for Responsible Management Education (23 June, New York)
OPEN EVENT – The central event of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative will build on the insights and experiences of participating business schools from around the world. Management educators committed to updating curriculum to address the challenges and opportunities of sustainability and corporate citizenship will meet to discuss their progress.

For information and to register, please visit the event website or contact Lisle Ferreira (Lisle.Ferreira@levininstitute.org). 

 

 

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Published 7 May 2010