A wide range of public sector organizations currently participate in the UN Global Compact. Some are state owned corporations. Such organizations are considered businesses for the purposes of the Global Compact and should select "Business Organization" rather than "Non Business Organization" when applying to join the initiative. Similarly, cities and other municipal bodies have their own forms of engagement in the UN Global Compact. The following outlines ways in which other Public Sector Organizations, as non Business Participants, can engage and participate in the initiative.
As an initiative, the UN Global Compact has established around 100 country Networks (called Local Networks) throughout the world. These autonomous, business-led networks are designed as multi-stakeholder "chapters" to advance the UN Global Compact at the local level, through the implementation of the ten principles, partnership projects and other forms of collective action. Public Sector Organizations interested in being involved in the UN Global Compact are encouraged to contact the focal points of the relevant Local Network to explore participation. The focal points and their contact information can be found under Local Networks.
One of the two goals of the UN Global Compact is to catalyze action in support of broad development objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals. Partnership projects or other forms of collective action with business participants and other supporting stakeholders of the UN Global Compact, including UN agencies and programs is another way in which stakeholders of the Global Compact can support the initiative and take action. Several important guides and partnership resources have been developed in this respect. These can be accessed under Business for Development. This section also outlines the various types of partnerships and includes important links to activities and upcoming meetings and events related to the topic of partnerships.
Public Sector Organizations may already engage with businesses in a variety of ways, including through procurement activities and employee pension funds and other existing forms of engagement with the private sector. Such forms of interaction may afford opportunities to promote corporate sustainability to these businesses and, where appropriate, to encourage businesses to express support for the Global Compact's ten principles by joining the initiative. Public Sector Organizations may also find other ways to internalize the Global Compact principles within their own administration, for example, in areas such as human resources and facilities management.
The UN Global Compact has a number of topical initiatives and specialized workstreams that may also be of interest to Public Sector Organizations. These cover a spectrum of issues including: climate change, water, human rights, transparency and anti-corruption, responsible investment, business and peace, and management education. Opportunities may exist for Public Sector Organizations to participate in these initiatives and workstreams. Information on these areas and related contact data can be found under Issues. Opportunity for engagement will usually depend on the nature and type of the particular initiative or workstream and its current capacities.
As a registered non business participant in the UN Global Compact, a participating Public Sector Organization will receive regular communications on global, regional and local events. Public Sector Organizations are encouraged, where possible and feasible, to participate in these activities — bringing their unique perspectives, expertise, and capacities.