The Global Compact Board was first appointed by the UN Secretary-General on 20 April 2006, following an extensive review of the Global Compact's governance framework. The establishment of the Board was aimed at enhancing the synergies between the global and local levels of Global Compact activities, providing greater attention to integrity management and quality assurance, as well as promoting broader ownership of the initiative by all of its participants and other stakeholders.
The appointments of the inaugural Board members followed a comprehensive consultation process involving all Global Compact stakeholders, including the Local Networks. Each of the appointees has demonstrated a long record of commitment to the Global Compact’s mission and principles and enjoys the support of a regional or constituency group. New Terms of Reference for the Board were approved in February 2009 by the Secretary-General. The new terms clarify the Board nomination and selection process (by a Nomination Committee), as well as operational and procedural matters.