Use by participants of the "We Support the Global Compact" logo (hereinafter the "Endorser logo") is encouraged as a way to promote their commitment to the initiative and raise awareness of the United Nations Global Compact. It can be used, for example, on corporate websites and pertinent printed materials. Please note, however, that every use of a Global Compact logo — except the contextualized version of the logo for use in COPs, which may be downloaded and used in a COP without prior permission — requires permission in advance from the Global Compact Office. Participants can request the use of a Global Compact logo using the online logo request. We invite you to become familiar with the Global Compact Logo Policy and the Frequently Asked Questions below before requesting permission to use a Global Compact logo.
If you have been authorized to use either the regular Global Compact logo or the Endorser logo on your website, we kindly invite you to link the logo to the Global Compact's own website: http://www.unglobalcompact.org.
To seek approval for use of a Global Compact logo:
For more detailed help, please see this guide to making a logo request (pdf).
The Global Compact Office looks at :
It normally takes a maximum of 2 to 3 business days for a request to be processed. However, at busy times, such as when there is a major Global Compact event upcoming, processing can take up to 7 business days. Please plan your requests accordingly.
Yes, according to the Global Compact Logo Policy, every use of a Global Compact logo requires permission in advance from the Global Compact Office. Seeking approval is simple and can be done via the online logo request (see guide).
A special contextualized version of the Endorser logo has been introduced for use by participants in their COP without prior permission from the Global Compact Office. Use of this logo is optional. This logo can be downloaded at the Global Compact Logo Policy page.
Permission is still required for all other uses of the Global Compact logos, including in the context of a participant's COP.
Permission is required in advance for each distinct use of a Global Compact logo. This is because the Global Compact Office needs to review each intended use for its layout and context. The Global Compact Office also records each approval. Therefore, even organizations that have already received permission for a use in the past should make a new request for other distinct uses of the same logo.
Reprinting of a document containing a Global Compact logo does not require seeking new permission if the previous use had been approved. Similarly, for documents that use the same template, such as a presentation, permission can be sought for the master copy, and approval, if given, will be valid for all versions produced using that template.
Generally, only Global Compact participants and stakeholders are given permission to use a Global Compact logo. However, exceptions can be made in appropriate circumstances where the use is consistent with the mission of the Global Compact. Please submit a sample of the material with your request to email@example.com. Please also indicate where the logo would appear, the purpose of the material, its target audience, projected date of its release and other relevant information.
Use of a Global Compact logo in an academic context where the document containing the logo will not be published does not require permission of the Global Compact Office. Such uses should make clear, however, that the appearance of the logo does not constitute an endorsement by the Global Compact of the paper/presentation/thesis/class material. If the material will be published, permission of the Global Compact Office is required.
Requests to use a Global Compact logo are mostly for use on participants' homepages, reports, brochures and newsletters. However, other uses are also possible. We have received requests to use a Global Compact logo on signage, products, leaflets inside product packaging, letterhead and business cards. Creativity is welcome. Please refer to the Global Compact Logo Policy for further guidance.
All uses of the UN emblem by non-UN entities require the prior written authorization of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. However, it should be noted that such requests are only very rarely granted. Requests for such authorization should be submitted directly to the Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations:
Director, General Legal Division
Office of Legal Affairs
United Nations Secretariat
New York, NY 10017
The Global Compact Office does not have the authority to grant permission to third parties to use the logos of any sister agencies, funds or programmes. Most UN organizations have their own internal policies which control use of their names and logos. We encourage those who are interested in using other UN logos to seek permission directly from the relevant UN agency, fund or programme, with the understanding that such permission may be unavailable.
For information on using the logo of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) or the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), please see the PRI logo policy (pdf) and PRME logo policy.
gclogo (at) un.org
(Last update 6 September 2011)