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Global Compact in Africa

The potential for economic growth and inclusion in Africa is at an all time high – with private sector investments and operations providing the backbone for long- term growth, prosperity and opportunity. But investment and business activity must be sustainable – bringing value not just financially, but also in social, environmental and ethical terms. The Global Compact is placing an emphasis on scaling responsible business and partnerships for sustainable development throughout the continent. The following outlines key activities and events. 

Africa Strategy

To respond to changing global economic trends and to better connect with the growing private sector in Africa, the Global Compact has placed a special focus on a long-term strategy for growth and engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Released in June 2014, Partners in Change: UN Global Compact Advancing Corporate Sustainability in Africa (the Africa Strategy) will serve as the overarching plan of action to emphasize the Global Compact's value proposition in the region. Aligned with the Global Compact’s overall 2014-2016 strategy, the Africa strategy focuses on:

  1. Infrastructure needs and enabling factors for private sector engagement;
  2. Awareness raising throughout the continent via stronger Local Networks and strategic partnerships; and
  3. Engaging companies and Governments through strategic integration of Global Compact issue areas into key sustainability platforms and partnerships.

Download Partners in Change: UN Global Compact Advancing Corporate Sustainability in Africa (the Africa Strategy)

Key Events

African Sustainable CEO Business Roundtable Forum (19 January, Lagos)

The African Sustainable CEO Business Roundtable Forum in Lagos, Nigeria, took place on 19 January 2015 as a high-level business event that marked the finale of the Siemens collective action project in Nigeria. Co-hosted by the UN Global Compact, Local Network Nigeria and Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) and supported by the Siemens Integrity Initiative, the event brought together 150 businesses, civil society, Government and media to share their views on how the private should get involved in Africa’s development goals with a focus on private sector efforts on corruption and collective action. 

Africa: Advancing Partnerships and Responsible Business Leadership (9-13 June 2014, Addis Ababa)

The Global Compact XII Annual Local Network Forum (ALNF) and UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting (PSFP) provided a forum for business, Global Compact Local Networks, UN organizations and other stakeholders to share lessons learned and explore effective ways to enhance their capacity to engage in activities and partnerships that advance sustainable development priorities with a special focus on Africa.

Key Documents

Africa Sustainability Barometer

The Africa Barometer developed jointly by the Global Compact and the Financial Times - This is Africa, is based on a comprehensive, region-wide assessment of sustainable business practice – covering international companies with operations in the region, as well as local and regional companies. View full Barometer onlineDownload the Barometer (pdf)


UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability “Regional Insight: Africa”

The CEO Study on Sustainability is the largest study of its kind ever conducted and provides an in-depth perspective on the views of business leaders in a region critical to the development of a more sustainable global economy. Download