The Global Compact Network Australia was formally launched on 28 May 2009 at Parliament House in Canberra, at the National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development. The launch was conducted by Mr. Georg Kell, Executive Director of the Global Compact and Senator The Hon. Nick Sherry, Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law, and initiated by the inaugural Australian Focal Point to the UN Global Compact, Rosemary Sainty, Head Responsible Business Practice Project, St James Ethics Centre.
Following the launch, the Australian Network has seen great progress to date which promises an even greater future ahead. Over the past year the Australian Network has seen a 50% increase in signatories including leading Australian and global corporations and a raft of smaller businesses. Further, Australia has begun to play an active role in the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for the Global Compact and there is scope to develop links with other UN initiatives, such as the Millennium Development Goals and specific regional initiatives.
The Australian Network held its first annual meeting on 4 June 2010 marking a critical step in establishing and formalising the structure of and commitment to the Network. To mark this important occasion, the Network was joined by Bob McMullan MP, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance and a high level panel of business leaders including David Atkins, CEO Cbus and PRI Board member, Michael Luscombe, CEO Woolworths and Jack Percy, Managing Director Accenture Australia.
Outcomes of the Inaugural Annual Meeting:
The local network provides a leadership platform and a forum for members to learn from each other through joint problem solving and the sharing of knowledge, experience and expertise. The network will seek to hold regular educational events and to provide networking opportunities for local signatories. In addition, it will seek through its actions to be an important voice to Government decision-making, in terms of the role Global Compact principles in advancing responsible business practices.
Network Contact Person
Ms. Alice Cope
Ms. Catherine Hunter
Participation in the Global Compact does not necessarily reflect participation in the Global Compact Local Network.
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Accepted on 13 February, 2015