French President Jacques Chirac met with leaders of French companies in Paris on 19 February to discuss the Global Compact. The business leaders shared with the President examples of good corporate practices and partnership projects. These examples included an initiative to fight malaria in Africa, access to water in urban areas, voluntary initiatives to advance environmental management as well as other corporate practices in support of the Global Compact. There was broad consenus among the participants that many of today’s problems can only be solved through the collaborative efforts of governments, business and civil society.
Please click here for a list of participants.
Please click here for a French version of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's opening remarks to the meeting.