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Italy Embraces Global Compact


More than one hundred companies and 260 representatives from business, labour, the academic community, and civil-society groups gathered in Rome last month for a conference introducing the Global Compact. Cittadinanzattiva, an Italian non-governmental organization that promotes corporate citizenship, organized the event.

Fred Dubee of the Global Compact Office delivered a presentation on the origin and objectives of the Secretary-General's initiative, and Sirkka Korpela of the United Nations Development Program discussed plans to expand Compact activities internationally, as well as report on the progress of multi-stakeholder partnership projects in more than 140 countries. Michael Urminsky of the International Labour Organization reviewed the evolution of the Global Compact's principles in respect to human rights, the environment, and labour.

The conference also featured presentations from several Italian companies, including members of "The Group on Corporate Citizenship," which includes Unicredito Iltaliano, Unipol Assicurazioni, Pharmacia, Pfizer Italia, OMB Brescia, Merck Italia, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Day Medical, and Coca Cola Italia.

Other speakers included Dr. Maurizio Sacconi, Italy's Undersecretary for Welfare; Senator Enrico Pianetta, President of the Senate's Human Rights Committee; Gianfrancesco Imperili, managing director of ABB Italia; Professor Marco Frey of Bocconi University; Davide Dal Maso, Secretary of the Sustainable Finance Forum, which promotes socially responsible investment; Riccardo della Valle of Unicredito Italiano; Paola Cutaia, director of the Italian division of Amnesty International; and Pier Paolo Baretta, the Secretary of the Italian Confederation of Trade Unions. Dr. Giovanni Moro, General Secretary of Cittadinanzattiva, served as the conference chairman.