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Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability

The Global Compact Office has established an advisory group of participants and stakeholders to ensure that the guidance material developed is robust and addresses the needs of business. The advisory group will provide input to the overall strategy of the Global Compact on this issue and the development of specific guidance material and other outputs.

The inaugural meeting of the Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability took place in Oslo, Norway on 26-27 January 2010. The meeting, hosted by Telenor Group, brought together more than 20 representatives of business and civil society. The advisory group is chaired by Mads Ovlisen, member of the UN Global Compact Board and Chairman of Lego.


The main workstreams that the Advisory Group is currently involved in are:

1. Tools & Resources

Since its inception, the Advisory Group has been active in developing and refining tools and other guidance materials for business on supply chain sustainability. Access these and other resources.

2. Task Forces

During the Fifth Meeting of the Advisory Group in January 2012, it was agreed that the group would set up task forces to focus on critical trends and issues in supply chain sustainability. The objective is to raise awareness of the availability of practical tools and resources, as well as to inform and advise on common challenges and solutions for supply chain sustainability across industry sectors. The task forces work in collaboration with the other issue areas of the Global Compact to maximize knowledge and ensure alignment.

Traceability and the Supply Chain

A Guide to Traceability: A Practical Approach to Advance Sustainability in Global Supply Chains was launched in April 2014. The guide provides an overview of the importance of traceability for corporate sustainability objectives, outlines the global opportunities and challenges it represents, and summarizes practical steps for implementing traceability programmes within companies. Download.


In February 2013, the Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability established a task force on traceability. The task force aimed to identify common challenges and solutions to tracing raw materials and products through complex global supply chains. Headed by Infosys, in collaboration with BSR, the task force mapped existing resources, initiatives and company practices. The research findings and recommendations developed during the first phase of the project were summarized in the report: Research Findings and Scoping Recommendations (pdf).

The objective of the second phase of the project were to develop practical guidance for companies to improve transparency and traceability in the supply chain. Global Compact participants were invited to engage in the initiative, by sharing their experiences, as well as the tools and guidelines that are utilized. The Project Overview (pdf) provides more detail about the development of the Guide. For further information, please contact Anita Househam (househam at un.org).

3. Good Practices

The Advisory Group seeks to identify and promote good business practices for supply chain sustainability. The following are the main channels that the Advisory Group has been engaged in to date.

Sustainable Supply Chains: Resources and Practices

The Global Compact and CSR Europe, with support from Nokia, Ford and Innovation Norway, have launched an online portal Sustainable Supply Chains: Resources & Practices designed to assist business practitioners in embedding sustainability in supply chains. In particular, this one-stop-shop presents information about sustainable supply chain:

Regular updates are provided to the Advisory Group and members are invited to provide practices and material, as well as to promote the tool.

Good Practice Forum

In collaboration with the Global Compact Human Rights Working Group, the Advisory Group has functioned as a forum for consideration of the endorsement of good business practices on supply chain sustainability and human rights. Rather than highlighting specific practices of individual companies, good practice notes seek to identify general approaches that have been recognized by a number of companies and stakeholders as being good for business and good for human rights.

Completed Notes