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UN GLOBAL COMPACT BULLETIN

OCTOBER 2010

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NEWS & UPDATES

1.    Role of Business in Achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Underscored at UN Summit

  • CEOs Gather with Governments to Discuss Advancing Development Goals
  • UN Summit on MDGs Reaffirms Critical Role of Private Sector

2.    Emerging Markets Take the Lead in Promoting Sustainable Stock Exchanges
3.    CEO Water Mandate Convenes Public Information Conference during World Water Week
4.    Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1.    CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles
2.    Anti-Corruption Success Story Pilot Programme: Call for Expressions of Interest
3.    Low-Carbon Leaders Project: Call for Feedback
4.    More Opportunities: Support Sustainable Development, Corruption in the Supply Chain, and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1.    Low-Carbon Leaders Project – Transformative Solutions for a Low Carbon Future

EVENTS

1.    1st Asian Forum on Principles for Responsible Management Education (5 Nov, Seoul) – INVITATION           ONLY
2.    World Climate Summit (4-5 December, Cancun) – OPEN EVENT
 

 Event Calendar

October
Special Business for Environment (B4E) Summit on Climate Change (4-5 Oct, Mexico City)

November
1st Asian Forum on Principles for Responsible Management Education (5 Nov, Seoul)
Global Compact Regional Meeting: Latin America and the Caribbean (15-16 Nov, Asuncion)
CEO Water Mandate's Sixth Working Conference (15-17 Nov, Cape Town)
Human Rights Working Group Meeting (17 November, London)
Global Compact Board Meeting (19 November, New York)

December
World Climate Summit (4-5 Dec, Cancun)
7th Meeting of the Anti-Corruption Working Group (9-10 Dec, New York)

March 2011
3rd Annual Event on the Women’s Empowerment Principles (New York)

Please visit the Event Calendar on our website to learn more about the listed events.

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NEWS & UPDATES

1.    Role of Business in Achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Underscored at UN Summit

  • CEOs Gather with Governments to Discuss Advancing Development Goals
    The UN Private Sector Forum on the MDGs (22 September, New York) brought together 300 top executives with Government, UN and civil society leaders to address the business role in achieving the MDGs. Through roundtable discussions, the Forum addressed a wide range of MDG-related themes deemed most relevant for private sector engagement and action. The discussions helped to identify proven solutions to close critical MDG gaps around the world. Calling an investment in the Millennium Development Goals “an investment in growth, prosperity and the markets of the future”, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a strong call to global business to support the UN mission to end poverty and hunger. More.
  • UN Summit on MDGs Reaffirms Critical Role of Private Sector
    At the conclusion of its High-level Plenary Meeting on the MDGs, the UN General Assembly stressed the critical role of the private sector for development and called on businesses everywhere to contribute to the MDGs. The Summit’s outcome document was adopted by the General Assembly on 22 September and includes an action agenda, including the role of the private sector, for achieving the Goals by 2015. More.


2.    Emerging Markets Take the Lead in Promoting Sustainable Stock Exchanges
At the second global dialogue on Sustainable Stock Exchanges (8 September, Xiamen), chief executives explored how the world's exchanges could work together with investors, regulators and business to encourage responsible long-term approaches to investment. A study on the sustainability practices of world’s top 30 exchanges was launched at the event, showing that emerging market exchanges are leading in terms of implementing required sustainability disclosure and other measures to enhance corporate sustainability reporting of listed companies. More

3.    CEO Water Mandate Convenes Public Information Conference during World Water Week
Drawing approximately 100 attendees from the private sector, Government, civil society and other interests, the latest CEO Water Mandate public information conference (9 September, Stockholm) featured two panels, one composed of corporate endorsers of the CEO Water Mandate and the second featuring non-business stakeholders. The status of the initiative and its transparency and disclosure workstreams were discussed. More.

4.    Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In September, 105 companies and 39 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 29 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Nokia Siemens Networks (Finland), Solvay S.A. (Belgium), Bank Hapoalim (Israel), Giesecke & Devrient GmbH (Germany), Choice Hotels Scandinavia (Norway), G4S Israel - Hashmira Company Ltd (Israel), JSL Stainless Ltd. (India), Kyobo Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (Korea, Republic of), Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd (United Kingdom) and Abdi Ibrahim Ilac Sanayi ve Tic. AS (Turkey). 

Total figures as of 30 September:

  • Business participants: 6,210
  • Non-business participants: 2,404
  • COPs received: 9,151
  • Delisted business participants: 1,535

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1.    CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles
The Global Compact calls on top executives of participating companies to sign the CEO Statement of  Support for the Women's Empowerment Principles, committing to advance gender equality and agreeing to use the Principles as guidance for business actions to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

Download the list of companies that have endorsed the CEO Statement. To sign the Statement, please fill out the information form and return it to Lauren Gula (gulal@un.org) and Laraine Mills (laraine.mills@unifem.org).

2.    Anti-Corruption Success Story Pilot Programme: Call for Expressions of Interest
The Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle against Corruption aims to create positive engagement with the media industry and enhance media coverage of corporate anti-corruption efforts. Through an Anti-Corruption Success Story programme, carried out in conjunction with PRME, concrete stories on what the private sector can do against corruption will be featured.

To express interest in taking part in this pilot programme contact Olajobi Makinwa (makinwa@un.org) or Sven Biermann (sven.biermann@accenture.com). For more information download the guidance document.

3.    Low-Carbon Leaders Project: Call for Feedback
The Low-Carbon Leaders Project (LCLP), a collaboration between Caring for Climate and the World Wildlife Fund, is an open source, multi-media platform aimed at capturing and sharing transformative low-carbon solutions. LCLP has issued twelve illustrative cases and toolkits for calculating the impacts of energy efficient solutions; additionally LCLP has collected 300 examples of transformative solutions through its web platform.

LCLP welcomes Caring for Climate signatories to assess the 300 transformative low-carbon solutions, and provide their feedback. For more information and to access the mobile application to rate these solutions, please visit the LCLP website.

4.    More Opportunities: Support Sustainable Development, 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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FEATURED RESOURCES

1.    Low-Carbon Leaders Project – Transformative Solutions for a Low Carbon Future:
A collection of reports on transformative solutions that businesses around the world are implementing to save energy, reduce emissions and ensure a low-carbon future.

  • Transformative Solution Leadership: 12 Illustrative Transformative Low-Carbon Solutions. Download.
  • Transformative Calculations: Calculating the Impacts of Transformative Low-Carbon Solutions. Download.

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

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EVENTS

1.    1st Asian Forum on Principles for Responsible Management Education (5 Nov, Seoul)
– INVITATION ONLY – Convened by the PRME Secretariat and PRME Asian Forum Planning Committee. The forum will provide a platform for collaboration among leading Asian business schools, with the goals of sharing information and experiences among business schools in the region and facilitating a paradigm shift in management education toward the PRME principles.
 
The event will be hosted by Kyung Hee University School of Management. Please contact Professor Yong-Seung Park at ysaprk@khu.ac.kr, or visit the 1st Asian Forum for PRME website for more information.

2.    World Climate Summit, (4-5 December, Cancun)
– OPEN EVENT – The Summit will convene 300 leaders from business, finance, entrepreneurship, and Governments to accelerate and collaborate on economic solutions to climate change. The Global Compact is a convening partner of the Summit, which will be held during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP16).
 
For more information please visit the World Climate Summit website.

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Published 7 October 2010