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A Framework for Action: Social Enterprise & Impact Investing

Guides investors, corporations and policymakers on engaging with social enterprises to create financial, social and environmental returns – outlining three key steps: prioritizing the rationale for engaging, defining a strategy, and choosing specific approaches to execute. (UNGC/The Rockefeller Foundation, 2012)

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New Paths to Performance: Strategic Social Investment and Philanthropy

Examines various approaches to social investment practices in the context of corporate responsibility, including from traditional corporate philanthropy to business strategies that share the benefits of commercial activities more broadly, delivering social, environmental and financial returns. The report discusses some of the challenges Global Compact LEAD companies have faced – for example partnership obstacles or difficulties in ensuring an initiative’s sustainability over time – and how they have been overcome. (Global Compact LEAD, 2012)

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Foundations of Social Investment

Provides a summary of the ways in which businesses can contribute to social development. The discussion paper introduces an organizational continuum as a framework for understanding the various models through which business can make social investments. (Principles for Social Investment Secretariat/UNGC, 2012)

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The Reconceptualization of Business

Discusses social investment and the diverse ways in which business might engage in such activity. The report is supported by illustrative case studies from leading international organizations. (Principles for Social Investment Secretariat/UNGC, 2012)

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Markets of the Future: The UN Global Compact in the Least Developed Countries

Provides an overview on how Global Compact participants are advancing and supporting development in the UN-classified “Least Developed Countries.” The brochure captures best practices of participants and outlines Global Compact Local Network presence in these countries (UNGC, 2011).

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Partners in Development: How Donors Can Better Engage the Private Sector for Development in LDCs

The report explores how donors can effectively support public-private collaboration in order to attract sustainable investments and foster development in the Least Developed Countries. To this end, the report takes stock of existing donor programs aimed at engaging the private sector in development activities, identifies shortcomings and promising approaches, and offers recommendations on how donor programs can attract more public-private collaboration to the Lest Developed Countries (UNGC/UNDP/Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2011).

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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, 2010)

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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 Foundation, 2010)

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Delivering Results: Moving Towards Scale

The report highlights the best practices, lessons learned and challenges that companies face when developing inclusive business models. The report is the result of a half-day forum at the United Nations MDG Summit (21 September 2010), which brought together more than 200 leaders from companies, governments, international organizations, aid agencies, and NGOs. (Business Action for Africa/BCtA/IBLF/ICC/UNDP/UNGC/UNOP/WBCSD/Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, 2010)

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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/Dalberg/UNOP/UNF, 2010)

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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, 2010)

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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, 2010)

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The United Nations and the Private Sector: A Framework for Collaboration

A framework for how business can contribute to address global challenges through their core business operations, through social investment and through engagement in advocacy and policy dialogues. (UNGC, 2008)

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Food Sustainability – A Guide to Private Sector Action

This guide features 37 examples of good practices in seven areas relating to food sustainability: water management; agricultural inputs and infrastructure; financial mechanisms and risk management instruments; nutrition; energy and biofuels; information and communication technology; and job opportunities for low-income populations. It provides suggested actions for businesses and governments to take to contribute in these areas. (UNGC with a broad alliance of collaborators, 2008)

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Business Guide to Partnering with NGOs and the United Nations

This guide aims to systematically identify 100 leading non-profit actors from around the world that have demonstrated skill and excellence in partnering with companies. As a result, corporations will be better equipped to survey the NGO and UN landscape at both the global and national levels and match their needs and competences with those of potential partners (UNGC/Dalberg, 2007)
>> To order a copy of the guide please send an email to globalcompact@un.org


Enhancing Partnership Value – A Tool for Assessing Sustainability and Impact

The Partnership Assessment Tool is designed to improve the sustainability and development impact of UN-Business partnerships and will enable the United Nations and business partners to better capitalize on opportunities to add value to partnerships (UNGC/UNOP/UNITAR/UNDP, 2007)
To order a copy of the CD-rom please send an email to globalcompact@un.org


Joining Forces for Change: Innovation and Impact Through UN-Business Partnerships

This publication profiles how 18 companies have partnered with different United Nations agencies, funds and programmes to help address significant global issues. The guide is illustrates how different types of UN-Business partnerships can contribute to development objectives, and show the win-win potential of collaboration. (UNGC, 2007)
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(Last updated: 3 November 2010)