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Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010

New Resources for a New Era

At the Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010, a wide range of new resources and thinking were launched. Highlights include: the world's largest study on CEO views on corporate responsibility today and in the future; a new "Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership"; sets of principles to guide commitment around women's empowerment and social investment; tools and guidance for all Global Compact principle areas, as well as key topics such as supply chain and doing business in conflict-affected areas; and best practices in a range of areas to serve as inspiration for increased action. The resources fall into four broad categories:

To obtain copies of any of the following publications please contact globalcompact@un.org

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United Nations Global Compact Annual Review – Anniversary Edition

Takes stock of the efforts undertaken by business participants and other key stakeholders to advance the ten principles and development, as well as peace, responsible investment, business education and broader UN-business collaboration. Findings from the annual Global Compact Implementation Survey, completed by over 1,000 companies from 100 countries, are featured throughout. Special focus is given to the 10th anniversary of the Global Compact. (UNGC)

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A New Era of Sustainability – UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study 2010

Provides an overview of CEO perspectives on progress to date, challenges ahead and the journey towards a sustainable economy. The report is based on an extensive study of nearly 1,000 Global Compact CEOs. (UNGC/Accenture)

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United Nations Global Compact Local Network Report 2010

Takes stock of the work of approximately 90 Local Networks around the world, featuring statistics and case examples on network governance, activities, issues and communications. (UNGC)

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Role of Governments in Promoting Corporate Responsibility and Private Sector Engagement in Development

Reports on trends and policy options regarding the role of Governments in promoting corporate sustainability and engaging the private sector in achieving the MDGs. (UNGC/Bertelsmann Stiftung)

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A Greener Tomorrow – How Caring for Climate Signatories are Leading the Way to a Low Carbon Economy

Analyses progress made by signatories in addressing climate change and assesses public disclosures of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The report outlines corporate leadership in climate mitigation and adaptation. (UNGC/Dalberg)

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Moving Upwards: The Involvement of Boards of Directors in the UN Global Compact

Advances understanding of Boardroom engagement in environmental, social and governance issues and provides a roadmap for how companies can better integrate oversight of these issues into the Board agenda. (UNGC)

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Coming of Age: UN-Private Sector Collaboration Since 2000

Collaboration between the United Nations and the private sector has become ingrained in the way the United Nations and its Agencies, Funds and Programmes function; but it was not always this way. The report charts the evolution of UN-business engagement since 2000. (UNGC/UNOP/UNF/GPPi)

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Innovating for a Brighter Future – The Role of Business in Achieving the MDGs

Assesses the contribution that the private sector has made to UN development goals, including progress made since 2000. The report identifies the most significant and scalable trends. (UNGC/UNOP/UNF/Dalberg)

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Global Compact Participants in Latin America and the Caribbean: Contribution to the Millennium Development Goals

Outlines contributions made to the MDGs by a group of 22 Global Compact participants from seven countries: Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Paraguay. The document also reviews the Global Compact principles and their relation with the MDGs. (Regional Center for the Support of the Global Compact in Latin America and the Caribbean/Centro IDEARSE)

 >> Download the publication: English | Spanish



Women's Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business

A set of principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and seek to point the way to best practice by elaborating the gender dimension of good corporate citizenship, the Global Compact, and the role of business in sustainable development. (UNGC/UNIFEM) 

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Principles for Social Investment (PSI)

A set of voluntary principles to guide the ongoing practice of social investment by organizations, seeking to increase the impact and scalability of such contributions. (UNGC/St. James Ethics Centre/CECP)

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Tools & Guidance

Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership within the Global Compact

This is a new model of leadership within the Global Compact, which is designed to inspire advanced performers to reach the next level of sustainability performance. It identifies leadership criteria linked to implementation of principles, efforts to support development objectives, and engagement in the Global Compact. (UNGC)

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UN Global Compact Management Model

An updated performance model that guides companies through the process of formally committing to, assessing, defining, implementing, measuring, and communicating a corporate sustainability strategy based on the Global Compact and its principles. (UNGC/Deloitte)

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A Global Compact for Development

Emphasizes the second objective of the Global Compact by articulating how companies can support development objectives through their core business; strategic social investments; advocacy; partnerships and collective action. Available Global Compact platforms for business to support development goals are identified and examples of how companies are already contributing to this agenda are showcased. (UNGC)

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Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected & High-Risk Areas: A Resource for Companies & Investors

The Guidance aims to assist companies in implementing responsible business practices in conflict-affected and high-risk areas consistent with the Global Compact Ten Principles. The focus is to provide a common reference point for constructive dialogue between companies and investors on what constitutes responsible business practices in difficult operating environments.  This voluntary guidance is designed to stimulate learning and dialogue and to promote collective action and innovative partnerships through Global Compact Local Networks and other initiatives. It was developed by the United Nations Global Compact Office, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) initiative and an expert group comprised of company representatives, investors, civil society leaders, UN representatives and others. (UNGC/PRI)
>> Please click here to download the publication (English) | (Chinese)


Supply Chain Sustainability – A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement

Presents practical steps for how Global Compact signatories can implement the ten principles throughout their supply chains and integrate sustainability into procurement strategies. Includes examples of good corporate practices. (UNGC/BSR)

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Sustainable Supply Chains: Resources and Practices

Provides information on initiatives, resources and tools to assist companies in developing more sustainable supply chains, as well as case examples of good business practices. (UNGC/CSR Europe)

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An Introduction to Linkages between UN Global Compact Principles and ISO 26000 Core Subjects

Provides a high-level overview of the key linkages between the UN Global Compact’s ten principles and the core subjects of social responsibility defined by ISO 26000. (UNGC)

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The Global Compact Self Assessment Tool

Translates the basic expectations raised by the Global Compact principles into a number of practical self-assessment questions and performance indicators for companies. The tool enables companies to diagnose their performance across all four issue areas, inspire continuous improvement, and assist in the development of a Communication on Progress. (UNGC/Confederation of Danish Industry/Danish Ministry for Economy and Business Affairs/Danish Institute for Human Rights/IFU)

>> Please click here to access the website


Lawyers as Leaders: The Essential Role of Legal Counsel in Corporate Sustainability Agenda


An online video — divided into four modules on the four main issue areas of the Global Compact — to develop awareness of lawyers on minimizing risk and advising on legal issues associated with corporate sustainability. (UNGC/IBA)

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Global Compact Local Networks Management Toolkit: Version 1

Provides a guide for managing Local Networks, compiles information from various Global Compact tools and resources as well as the practical experiences of Local Networks gathered in recent years. The toolkit aims to empower the focal points at the different stages of Local Network development and operation. (UNGC/Regional Center for the Support of the Global Compact in Latin America and the Caribbean)

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How to do Business with Respect for Human Rights

This publication builds on the Protect, Respect and Remedy framework of the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights (SRSG). The descriptions, learnings and guidance points collected in this guidance are based on the experiences of ten multinational companies of the Global Compact Network Netherlands and are intended to help companies implement a commitment to respect human rights in line with the framework of the SRSG. (GCLN Netherlands)

>> How to do Business with Respect for Human Rights (pdf)


Human Rights and Business Learning Tool


An interactive web-based platform for enhancing knowledge regarding implementation of human rights principles. (UNGC/OHCHR)

>> Official Website


Guide to Human Rights Impact Assessment and Management


This interactive online tool — revised from the Road-Testing Draft 2007 — is designed to provide companies with guidance on how to assess and manage human rights risks and impacts of their business activities. While the Guide may benefit different types of organizations, companies are the main and intended audience of the Guide to HRIAM. The Guide to HRIAM can be accessed free of charge, following registration. (UNGC/IFC/IBLF)

>> Click here for the Guide to HRIAM (official site)


Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum


An online, multi-stakeholder forum to discuss dilemmas confronting business and identify related good practices. It also includes interactive workbooks and case studies. (UNGC/Maplecroft/GE Foundation)

>>  Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum | More Information


Guide on How to Develop a Human Rights Policy

Provides instruction regarding how businesses can develop and implement a Human Rights policy within their company. (UNGC)

>> Human Rights Policies


Human Trafficking and Business – Good Practices to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking

Guides business on how to avoid being implicated in human trafficking through the use of their products, services or facilities, as well as how to make a positive contribution. (UNGC/UN.GIFT/ILO/IOM)

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The Labour Principles of the UN Global Compact – A Guide for Business

The purpose of this guide is to increase the understanding of the four labour principles of principles 3, 4, 5, and 6 as well as to provide an inventory of key resources to help integrate these principles into business operations. (UNGC/ILO)

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Environmental Stewardship Strategy – Overview and Resource for Corporate Leaders

Presents integrative approach to managing a variety of key environmental issues, designed to help companies develop a comprehensive environmental strategy, following an 8-step model. (UNGC/Duke University)

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Framework for Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy

Assists companies in responsible water policy engagement, providing core principles, strategies, and operational practices. (UNGC/Pacific Institute/WWF/German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development)

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Low Carbon Leaders – Transformative Solutions for a Low-Carbon Future

Presents transformative solutions that businesses around the world are implementing to save energy, reduce emissions and ensure a low-carbon future. (UNGC/WWF)

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Reporting Guidance on the 10th Principle Against Corruption


The guidance is the most succinct, practical guide currently available to what anti-corruption aspects companies should report on. It equips business with a practical means to report on anti-corruption policies and actions comprehensively and effectively, as public reporting sends a strong signal to employees, investors and consumers, that a company is serious about clean business. (UNGC, Transparency International)

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Fighting Corruption in the Supply Chain: A Guide for Customers and Suppliers

Outlines common supply chain corruption scenarios and provides a framework and set of tools for addressing them. (UNGC)

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Collective Action – Building a Coalition Against Corruption

Provides options for combating market corruption based on “how to” examples, including a range of tools that help users tailor collective action frameworks to their specific circumstances. (UNGC/ICC/Transparency International/WEF-PACI/WBI/CIPE/Global Advice Network/Grant Thornton/Siemens)

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Best Practices

Doing Business While Advancing Development and Peace

Provides illustrative examples of how companies from a variety of sectors are positively contributing to peace and development in conflict-prone or post-conflict operating environments. (UNGC)
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Dialogues on Integrating Human Rights: Testimonials by Business Leaders

This series of podcasts is a collection of interviews by business leaders around the world on the mainstream importance of human rights. The interviews focus on how to perform various aspects of human rights due diligence in practice. They are designed to be of practical assistance to other business leaders from across sectors and geographies. (UNGC/GBI)

>>Please click here to listen to Dialogues   | More information (pdf)


From Principles to Practice: The Role of SA8000 in Implementing the UN Global Compact

Presents case studies of companies that have adhered to the SA8000 standard as a way to advance their commitment to the Global Compact. (UNGC/SAI/CIPE)

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Implementing the United Nations Global Compact in China: Inspirational Case Examples

Illustrates innovative and sustainable activities being undertaken by businesses in China. (GCLN China)

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