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UN GLOBAL COMPACT BULLETIN

SEPTEMBER 2010

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Support Disaster Relief Efforts in Pakistan through business.un.org
2. UN Secretary-General Underscores Business Role in Advancing Peace and Development
3. Leaders Summit Ministerial Session Report Released
4. Global Compact Exhibition Opens at World Expo 2010 Amid High Level Forum
5. Local Network Update

  • Local Network Launched in Uruguay
  • China-Japan-Korea Roundtable Convenes Second Conference

6. International Integrated Reporting Committee Formed
7. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Support Sustainable Development: Partnership Opportunities for Business
2. CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles
3. Join the Low Carbon Leaders Project
4. More Opportunities: Address Human Trafficking, Corruption in the Supply Chain, and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. How to Do Business with Respect for Human Rights – A Guidance Tool for Companies
 

EVENTS

1. Caring for Climate Working Group on Climate Change and Development (16 Sep, Online) – C4C           SIGNATORIES ONLY
2. Special Business for Environment (B4E) Summit on Climate Change, (4-5 Oct, Mexico City) – OPEN EVENT
3. 1st Asian Forum on Principles for Responsible Management Education (5 Nov, Seoul) – INVITATION ONLY

 Event Calendar

September
Caring for Climate Working Group on Climate Change and Development (16 Sep, Online)
18th Annual Ethics and Compliance Conference (21-24 Sep, Anaheim)
Accelerating Progress Towards the Millennium Development Goals through Inclusive Business (21 Sep, New York)
2010 World Business and Development Awards Ceremony (21 Sep, New York)
2010 UN Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals (22 Sep, New York)

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

November
1st Asian Forum on PRME (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)

December
World Climate Summit (4-5 Dec, Cancún)
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. Support Disaster Relief Efforts in Pakistan through business.un.org/
Floods in Pakistan have affected an estimated 20 million people, with 8 – 10 million in need of urgent assistance (as of 6 September). It is one of the worst humanitarian disasters in UN history given the number of people that require assistance and the area covered. The business community is encouraged to visit business.un.org to find detailed, up-to-date information on how to support relief efforts through financial or in-kind donations. More.

2. UN Secretary-General Underscores Business Role in Advancing Peace and Development
Addressing the Global Compact Japan Network (6 August, Tokyo), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reflected on the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and emphasized the important role that business can play in supporting Governments to resolve conflict and build peace. The Secretary-General referred to the “Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected & High-Risk Areas: A Resource for Companies & Investors” as an important new resource to advance this agenda. More

3. Leaders Summit Ministerial Session Report Released
During the Ministerial Session of the Global Compact Leaders Summit (23 June, New York), representatives from 50 Governments acknowledged that the Global Compact is a means not only to motivate business to adopt a responsible approach to management, but also to engage business in finding constructive, inclusive and innovative solutions to global challenges. The Summary Report of the Ministerial Session is now available. More.

4. Global Compact Exhibition Opens at World Expo 2010 Amid High Level Forum
A Global Compact exhibition was opened at the UN pavilion of World Expo 2010 (2 August, Shanghai) amid a high-level forum which convened over 200 leaders from Chinese businesses, civil society, the UN and government. The exhibit demonstrated how the business community through is promoting sustainable development around the world through Global Compact Local Networks. More.

5. Local Network Update
– Local Network Launched in Uruguay

Over 100 representatives from business, civil society, government and the United Nations gathered for the official launch of the Global Compact Local Network Uruguay (10 August, Montevideo). The Global Compact Local Network Uruguay has an established governance structure and currently has 31 participants. More

– China-Japan-Korea Roundtable Convenes Second Conference
The second Global Compact China-Japan-Korea Roundtable conference convened on the occasion of the World Expo 2010 (3 August, Shanghai). The three main themes discussed during the roundtable included the practical meaning of the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership, achieving green development and sustainable supply chain management. More.

6. International Integrated Reporting Committee Formed
The International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC), formed by The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aims to create a globally-accepted framework for accounting for sustainability. The IIRC will support the development of more comprehensive and comprehensible information about an organization’s total performance in meeting the needs of the emerging, more sustainable, global economic model. More.

7. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In August, 87 companies and 46 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 55 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Mitsubishi Corporation (Japan), TELUS Corporation (Canada), DEDIC GPTI (Brazil), Deutsche Postbank AG (Germany) and An Post (Ireland).
    
Total figures as of 31 August:

  • Business participants: 6,113
  • Non-business participants: 2,351
  • COPs received: 8,926
  • Delisted business participants: 1,512

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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 make a new commitment in support of the MDGs. The Global Compact and UN partners have identified over 15 existing partnership programmes which are scaleable and could greatly benefit from additional corporate participation. 

We encourage Global Compact companies to review the prepared list of partnership opportunities and learn more about how your organization can get involved.

2. 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 in advance of the Millennium Development Goals Summit (22 September, New York). Achieving MDG #3 – Promote gender equality and empower women – is not possible without the support of the private sector. By signing the CEO Statement, companies communicate to governments, civil society and other stakeholders that they are serious about gender equality.

Download a list of the first companies to endorse the CEO Statement of Support for the Women's Empowerment Principles. To sign the CEO Statement of Support for the Women's Empowerment Principles, please fill out the information form and return it to Lauren Gula (gulal@un.org) and Laraine Mills (laraine.mills@unifem.org).

3. Join the Low Carbon Leaders Project
Caring for Climate is collaborating with World Wildlife Fund on the Low-Carbon Leaders Project (LCLP), an open source, multi-media platform aimed at capturing and sharing transformative low-carbon solutions. LCLP seeks to develop tools and methodologies to identify solutions, calculate and report results, as well as explore avenues of policy support to accelerate uptake of solutions. The full report of the LCLP will be presented at the Caring for Climate/B4E Special Event (4-5 October, Mexico City).

LCLP welcomes the input and feedback of Caring for Climate signatories in the areas of solution leadership, policy frameworks, and methodologies for reporting on positive contributions. For more information, please download the LCLP leaflet or send an email to climatechange@unglobalcompact.org.

4. More Opportunities: Address Human Trafficking, 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. How to Do Business with Respect for Human Rights – A Guidance Tool for Companies: Based on the experiences of ten multinational companies in the Global Compact Network Netherlands and intended to help companies implement a commitment to respect human rights in line with the Protect, Respect and Remedy framework of the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights (SRSG). Download
 

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

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EVENTS

1. Caring for Climate Working Group on Climate Change and Development (16 Sep, Online) 
– C4C SIGNATORIES ONLY – Caring for Climate, in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is creating a business working group aimed at enhancing the understanding of ways in which businesses can find strategic solutions throughout their operations and value chains to address the impacts of climate change on development. The webinar will be held from 8:00am – 10:00am EDT.

For more information please download the Concept Note and Agenda. For more information on the webinar, please send an email to climatechange@unglobalcompact.org.

2. Special Business for Environment (B4E) Summit on Climate Change, (4-5 Oct, Mexico City)
– OPEN EVENT – Convened by the UN Global Compact in cooperation with UNEP and the Mexican government, the event aims to provide perspectives and policy recommendations ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 16) to be held in Cancún, Mexico in December 2010..

For more information please download the draft agenda and the registration form from the B4E website.

3. 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.

 

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Published 9 September 2010