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Secretary-General Appoints Global Compact Board

(New York, 20 April 2006/Global Compact Office) – United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed a group of 20 business, labour and civil society leaders from around the world to serve on the Board of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative.

The Secretary-General’s appointments follow a comprehensive consultation process involving all Global Compact stakeholders, including its Local Networks. Each of the appointees has demonstrated a long record of commitment to the Global Compact’s mission and principles and enjoys the support of a regional or constituency group. The twenty-member body is comprised of ten business representatives, four representatives of business associations and labour groups, as well as four representatives of civil society organizations. Ex-officio members are the Executive Head of the Global Compact Office and the Chair of the Foundation for the Global Compact.

The members of the Global Compact Board are:


Mr. Talal ABU GHAZALEH         

Chairman and CEO, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization, Egypt

Professor José Sergio Gabrielli de AZEVEDO

President and CEO, Petrobras, Brazil

Mr. Guillermo CAREY

Senior Partner, Carey & Allende Abogados, Chile

Mrs. CHEN Ying           

Deputy Director General, China Enterprise Confederation, China

Mrs. Suzanne Nora JOHNSON   

Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs Group, USA

Ms. Anne LAUVERGEON          

Chair of the Executive Board, Areva, France

Ms. Ntombifuthi MTOBA

Chair of the Board, Deloitte, South Africa

Mr. B. MUTHURAMAN              

Managing Director, Tata Steel, India

Professor Mads OEVLISEN       

Adjunct Professor and Chair, Lego, Denmark

Mr. Hiroyuki UEMURA               

President, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Japan

International Labour and Business Organizations

Mr. Fred HIGGS

General Secretary, International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions

Mr. Antonio PENALOSA

Secretary-General, International Organization of Employers

Mr. Guy RYDER           

General Secretary, International Confederation of Free Trade Union

Mr. Guy SEBBAN         

Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce

Civil Society

Mrs. Habiba AL MARASHI         

Chair, Emirates Environmental Group

Mr. Oded GRAJEW                   

Chair of the Board, Instituto Ethos de Empresas e Responsabilidade Social

Dr. Huguette LABELLE  

Chair, Transparency International

Mrs. Mary ROBINSON              

Chair, Realizing Rights - The Ethical Globalization Initiative


Sir Mark MOODY-STUART        

Chairman, Foundation for the Global Compact

Mr. Georg KELL                        

Executive Head, UN Global Compact Office

The Global Compact Board is a key component of the initiative’s governance framework, which was introduced following a comprehensive review of the initiative conducted in 2004-05. (Other components include: the triennial Leaders Summit – next to be held in June 2007 –, Local Networks, the annual Networks Forum, the Foundation for the Global Compact and the Inter-Agency Team.)

Operating under the auspices of the Secretary-General, the Board will help ensure the Global Compact’s continuity and facilitate its further growth. It will provide strategic advice for the initiative as a whole and make related recommendations to the UN Global Compact Office, participants and other stakeholders. The Board will also play a role with regard to the implementation of the Compact’s integrity measures. Board members will act as champions of the initiative.

The Global Compact Board will meet once a year, with the inaugural meeting planned for summer 2006 at UN Headquarters in New York.

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About the United Nations Global Compact

Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact brings business together with UN agencies, labour, civil society and governments to advance universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption. With more than 2,500 participating companies in over 90 countries, it is the largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative in the world. More than 50 Local Networks advance the Global Compact’s principles at the national and regional level. For more information, please visit www.unglobalcompact.org.

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Global Compact Office