The Global Compact name and logo are the property of the United Nations Global Compact, are registered with the World Intellectual Property Organization, and are protected worldwide under Article 6ter of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. The following guidelines govern the use of the Global Compact name and logo by Partners , Participants  and other Stakeholders  of the UN Global Compact. For guidelines related to the use of the Global Compact name and logo by Global Compact Local Networks (“Local Networks”), see policy here. The UN Global Compact reserves the right to take appropriate action in the event of a breach of this policy. Possible actions may include, but are not limited to, changing a participant’s status from “active” to “non-communicating,” removing the participant’s name from the list of UN Global Compact participants (delisting), and/or instituting legal proceedings with the appropriate authorities. Any suspected misuse of the Global Compact name or logo should be referred to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindly note that all Participants of the UN Global Compact should describe their engagement in the UN Global Compact as a “Participant,” not a “Member.” The Global Compact works with organizations that are willing to participate in learning and dialogue, and is not a membership-based initiative and does not endorse or certify the corporate sustainability performance of its Participants.
The Global Compact logo, displayed above, is generally reserved for the official use of the UN Global Compact only. However, the UN Global Compact may grant a limited right to use the logo to Participants and other Stakeholders in the context of their activities promoting the UN Global Compact and its goals, but not in any manner that suggests or implies that the UN Global Compact has endorsed or approved of the activities, products and/or services of the organization, or that the UN Global Compact is their source. In most circumstances, the UN Global Compact recommends that Participants use the “We Support the Global Compact” logo described below.
The permission of the UN Global Compact must be sought in advance and in writing prior to any use of the Global Compact logo. Participants are requested to provide a sample of the document via the online logo request system and indicate where on the sample document you would like the logo towould appear:
Please note that the following uses will not be permitted:
Participants in the UN Global Compact are encouraged to widely advocate and express their support for the UN Global Compact and its principles. For such activities, the UN Global Compact may authorize Participants to use the “We Support the Global Compact” (“Endorser”) logo above. To request permission to use the Endorser logo, an organization must:
Please note that the following conditions apply for the use of the Endorser logo:
In accordance with this policy, the following uses of the Endorser logo will generally be permitted:
Please note that the following uses will not be permitted::
A Communication on Progress (COP) is an annual public disclosure statement issued to Stakeholders on progress a business Participant has made in implementing the ten principles of the UN Global Compact, and in supporting broader UN development goals. A specialized version of the Global Compact logo is available for Participants to include in their COP if they choose, as well as to help Stakeholders identify a COP. This logo may be downloaded by clicking on the image below and may be used within a Participant's COP without prior permission of the UN Global Compact. Advance permission is still required for all other uses of the Global Compact and the Endorser logos, including in the context of a Participant's COP.
The terms and conditions under which Partners of the UN Global Compact and Local Networks may use the Global Compact name and logos described above are generally set out in documentation or agreements establishing or memorializing the relationship. In cases where there is no such agreement, the policies set forth herein will apply. The Annual Memorandum of Understanding between the Global Compact and a Local Network outlines the use of logos by Local Networks.
Maintaining consistency in the display of the Global Compact name and logos described above by the Global Compact and its Partners, Participants, Local Networks and other Stakeholders is an important aspect of the strategy to advocate the principles of the Global Compact. Accordingly, when Participants, Stakeholders and Local Networks incorporate the Global Compact name and logos in their materials for the permitted uses outlined above, they are asked to strictly adhere to the following guidelines regarding the reproduction and display of the Global Compact name and logos described above. For more guidance, please refer to the Global Compact Design Manual (pdf).
For use of the colour logo, the colours from the artwork provided by the UN Global Compact should not be modified. To ensure readability, the colour logo should always appear on a white or light-coloured background. The logo may be reproduced in black and white for use on other backgrounds. A screen tint or shade should never be used when reproducing the Global Compact logo or Endorser logo.
Appearance of the Logos. In all materials on which the Global Compact or Endorser logo is used, it must appear in isolation, uncluttered by competing images. The logo should appear horizontally. The logo should not be used as part of a sentence or word phrase or associated with any non-related symbols or graphical elements. The Endorser logo must not be used out of context where it is unclear to which organization the "We" refers.
The UN Global Compact is involved in a number of issue-specific initiatives some of which have their own logo. The relevant issue manager should be consulted for the policy to use such logo.
The use of the United Nations name and emblem, and any abbreviation thereof, is reserved for official purposes of the United Nations in accordance with General Assembly resolution 92(I) of 7 December 1946. The resolution expressly prohibits the use of the United Nations name and emblem for commercial purposes or in any other way without the prior authorization of the United Nations Secretary-General, and recommends that Member States take the necessary measures to prevent the unauthorized use thereof. The United Nations emblem may be authorized for use by non-UN entities in exceptional circumstances, such as for illustrative and educational purposes. All uses of the UN emblem by non-UN entities require the prior written authorization of the Secretary-General. Requests for such authorization should be submitted to the Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations, New York, NY 10017 or by fax: +1-212-963-3155. Any suspected misuse of the United Nations name and emblem should be referred to the Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations.
(Last Update: 10 February 2015)