Annual Report Illustrates How Companies, Labour and Civil Society Are Working Together to Advance Corporate Citizenship
The United Nations Global Compact today announced that more than 1,000 companies from around the world are participating in the initiative, working with international labour, civil society organizations and other stakeholders to advance nine principles in the areas of human rights, labour and the environment.
The number of participating organizations is contained in the Global Compact’s annual Report on Progress and Activities, which was officially released today at a press conference at UN Headquarters. The report provides a comprehensive overview of the Global Compact’s operations during the July 2002-July 2003 fiscal year.
“The idea of a Global Compact – first articulated in a speech by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in January 1999 – is today very much alive”, said Georg Kell, Executive Head of the Global Compact. “From its inception, the Global Compact has operated on the premise that finding solutions to make markets more sustainable and inclusive can only be achieved if societal actors learn how to work effectively together”.
The report includes the following highlights for the year:
“While these are promising developments, the Global Compact remains an ambitious experiment in the possibilities of multi-stakeholder cooperation”, said Mr. Kell. “The Global Compact must strive to ensure that its principles are translated into practices and actions that ultimately make a difference in the lives of the poor”.
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