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Secretary-General Appoints New Global Compact Board Members

( New York, 11 March 2009 ) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed six new members to the Board of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. The appointments followed the recommendations made by the Board’s own Nominations Committee, tasked with the selection of candidates for the United Nations’ highest-ranking advisory body involving business and civil society.

The new Board members are:
  • Fernando Chico Pardo, Founder and President, PROMECAP, S.C. (Mexico)
  • Juan De La Mota, President, Global Compact Network Spain
  • Charles O. Holliday, Chairman of the Board, DuPont, (US)
  • Cecilia Ibru, CEO & Managing Director, Oceanic Bank International (Nigeria)
  • Jamshed Irani, Director of the Board, Tata Sons Ltd. (India)
  • Chey Tae-won, President & Chairman, SK Group, (South Korea)
The Secretary-General further thanked Board members Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Anthony Ling, and B. Muthuraman, who have completed their terms of appointment, for their championship, dedication and commitment to the initiative.

Earlier, the Secretary-General approved the Board’s new terms of reference, the body’s key governance document. The latest version clarifies the Board nomination and selection process, as well as operational and procedural matters.

Chaired by the Secretary-General, the UN Global Compact Board was created in 2006 as a multi-stakeholder body to provide strategic and policy advice for the initiative as a whole and to make recommendation to the UN Global Compact Office, participants and other stakeholders. With now 23 members representing business, civil society, labour, and the United Nations, the Board also oversees implementation of the UN Global Compact’s integrity measures, under which more than 900 companies have been delisted (as of March 2009) for not communicating on progress made in the implementation of the Global Compact principles.

Global Compact Board Members



Mr. Toshio Arima

Director and Executive Advisor to the Board, Fuji Xerox, Japan

Mr. José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo President and CEO, Petrobras, Brazil
Mr. Guillermo Carey Senior Partner, Carey & Allende Abogados, Chile

Mr. Charles O. Holliday

Chairman of the Board, DuPont, US

Ms. Cecilie Ibru

CEO & Managing Director, Oceanic Bank International, Nigeria

Mr. Jamshed Irani

Director of the Board, Tata Steel, India

Ms. Anne Lauvergon

Chair of the Executive Board, Areva, France

Mr. Juan De La Mota President, Global Compact Spanish Network

Ms. Ntombifuthi Mtoba

Chair of the Board, Deloitte, South Africa

Mr. Mads Oevlisen Chair, Lego, Denmark
Mr. Fernando Chico Pardo Founder and President of POMECAP, S.C., Mexico

Mr. Chey Tae-won

President & Chairman, SK Group, Republic of Korea

Mrs. Chen Ying

Deputy Director General, China Enterprise Confederation, China

International Labour and Business Organizations

Mr. Antonio Penalosa

Secretary-General, International Organization of Employers

Mr. Guy Ryder

General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

Mr. Guy Sebban

Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Manfred Warda General Secretary, International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions

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



Mr. Georg Kell  

Executive Director, UN Global Compact Office

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart Chairman, Foundation for the Global Compact


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