Issue Events

Monday 16 May 2011

Seventh Working Conference of the CEO Water Mandate

8:30am – 5:30pm

8:30am – 12:30pm

Gavin Power
CEO Water Mandate

The CEO Water Mandate will hold a two day multi-stakeholder session focusing on corporate water disclosure. Sessions will center on a range of emerging and salient water disclosure issues, including how companies can measure and effectively/consistently communicate water-related risk, whether there is a general approach for understanding water-related materiality, as well as how the issue of "sustainability context" relates to both of the aforementioned.

Invitation only.

PRME Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting

Monday 9am – 6pm
Tuesday 9am – 6pm

Lisle Ferreira

This first session of the PRME Anti-Corruption Working Group will take place over 2 days. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss: challenges and current approaches of teaching anti-corruption in management education and plan the next steps of developing the content of a model anti-corruption curriculum. Participation in this session is ONLY for members of the PRME Working Group on Anti-Corruption.

Invitation only.

Tuesday 17 May 2011

Women's Empowerment Principles Breakfast

7:30am – 9:00am

Lauren Gula
Women's Empowerment Principles

This breakfast meeting will bring together local network representatives and other interested persons to discuss the Women's Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business. The meeting will focus on how the WEPs can serve as a useful tool for Global Compact Local Networks and other stakeholders in their engagement with companies. Local Network representatives that have been involved in the Women's Empowerment Principles initiative will share their experiences with the Principles.

Open to all participants, but registration is required.

Caring for Climate Third Meeting of Signatories

8:30am – 6:00pm

Lila Karbassi
Caring for Climate

The third annual meeting of Caring for Climate signatories, entitled Business Contribution to Global Sustainability ahead of Rio+20, is designed to shape and help advance the initiative's current workstreams and to discuss the roadmap to the UN Conference of Sustainable Development in June 2012. The event will feature a joint session between Caring for Climate and CEO Water Mandate signatories as well as a session focused on access to energy ahead of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All in 2012. A number of deliverables including the report on climate change and development and Low-Carbon Leaders – Beyond Carbon project will be issued for discussion at the occasion of this event.

Invitation only.


Labour Principles Session

9:00am – 12:30pm

Venu Keesari
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The session is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas on how to implement the labour principles, to share lessons learned and to identify common challenges. Local Network representatives are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn more about the four labour principles and tools available to assist business in respecting and implementing the labour principles. The Labour Working Group (LWG) is particularly interested in receiving direct input from Local Networks on identifying opportunities for further collaboration and discussing needs for further assistance in promoting the labour principles. The meeting is open to all participants.

Open to all participants.

Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting

8:30am – 6:00pm

Olajobi Makinwa

The UN Global Compact is convening this meeting of the Global Compact's 10th Principle Working Group to review and discuss the launch of a collective action project.

Pilot Group Meeting:  Testing the Operational Relevance of the Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas

9:00pm – 1:00pm

Adrienne Gardaz
Business and Peace

A joint Global Compact-PRI session bringing together a select group of companies and investors participating in a pilot project that applys the "Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas" in their activities and operations.
  This meeting will enable companies and investors to share and discuss challenges, lessons learned and progress. Limited to companies and investors who have confirmed participation in the Pilot Group.

Supply Chain Sustainability - Workshop

12:30pm – 2:30pm

Anita Househam
Supply Chain Sustainability

This lunch meeting will bring together businesses and other stakeholders across the UN Global Compact Working Groups and Networks to learn more about the Global Compact Supply Chain Sustainability workstream. An interactive session will explore the Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement, developed by BSR in collaboration with the Global Compact and the Advisory Group, and its value to companies.

Open to all participants, but registration is required.

The Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative: How to Enhance Dialogue between Investors and Companies on Sustainability Issues

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Marcela Zonis

This session will introduce the Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative and lay out the actions taken by the investment community to integrate Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) issues into investment decision making processes and active ownership practices. The session will also explore how PRI Local Networks of investors can work together with GC Local Networks to boost sustainable business practices in the long term.

Open to all participants, but registration is required.

Human Rights Working Group Meeting

2:30pm – 6:30pm

Lauren Gula
Human Rights

Local Network representatives are encouraged to attend this meeting to provide input on advancing the Human Rights Working Group initiatives and to share related human rights activities that they are undertaking. The HRWG is especially interested in what support it could provide to Local Networks on business and human rights and how it can most effectively engage with Local Networks.

Open to all participants, but registration is required.

Meeting of the Expert Group on Responsible Business and Investment in Conflict-Affected Areas

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Melissa Powell
Business and Peace

Companies, investors, civil society and others will dialogue, share experiences and engage on issues of business and peace and will review steps to advance the Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. Topics of discussion include among others: engaging GC Local Networks, translating the Guidance into operational reality, a presentation of recently developed tools and initiatives. This meeting will be an opportunity for Expert Group Members to explore how can companies demonstrate they are “responsible” when operating in unstable environments (such as regions that are experiencing citizen protests) as well as explore ideas for what the Expert Group could do collectively.

Open to all participants, but registration is required.

Workshop: Communication for Local Networks

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Matthias Stausberg


This 3-hour workshop is intended to familiarize local network representatives with the basics of effective communications. Using a variety of practice examples and interactive exercises, participants will be introduced to basic communications strategies and tactics, covering media outreach, social media, narrative development, etc. This workshop is open to all network representatives interested in enhancing their network's communications.

Open to all participants, but registration is required.

Official Welcome Event at the Copenhagen City Hall



The official welcome for Global Compact Week in Copenhagen will take place at the Copenhagen City Hall. The  meeting point is at the main entrance of the City Hall were you will be accompanied to the reception where the famous City Hall pancakes and drinks will be served.

Thursday 19 May 2011

Children’s Rights and Business Principles Initiative Breakfast

7:30am – 9:00am

Anita Househam

This session will introduce the Children’s Rights and Business Principles Initiative to local networks. To be launched on 20 November 2011, this set of Principles will provide a coherent set of practical considerations that business can apply throughout their operations to enable them to maximize the positive impacts and minimize the negative ramifications that their activities may have on children. This session is open to all participants.

Open to all participants, but registration is required.

LEAD - Local Networks Meeting

9:00am – 2:30pm

Ingvild Soerensen

This session will bring LEAD and Local Network representatives together to discuss and clarify the minimum requirement for LEAD companies to demonstrate leadership locally and define best practices for subsidiary engagement. The session also includes a matchmaking lunch which will allow for bilateral discussion between LEAD companies and Local Networks.

More detailed information about this session is accessible for LEAD companies at

Invitation only.