Our Finances

All Global Compact operations, programmes and activities are made possible by contributions from Governments to the UN Global Compact Trust Fund and from business to the Foundation for the Global Compact. Funders play a crucial role in advancing sustainable business models and markets, as the UN Global Compact does not receive funding from the regular budget of the United Nations.

Government Group

The UN Global Compact is honoured to count on the generous support from Governments that have over time made contributions to the Global Compact Trust Fund.

The UN Global Compact Government Group brings together key Government supporters of the UN Global Compact, which provide first and foremost political support, as well as financial contributions and programmatic engagement. The current members of the Government Group are China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The UN Global Compact warmly welcomes the expression of interest from other Governments to join the Government Group.

In addition to year-long engagement with the Global Compact Office, the Government Group meets twice annually at capital level to provide strategic input to the coordination of the UN Global Compact, as well as to ensure the effective and efficient use of the contributions that Governments have provided to the Global Compact Trust Fund. The Chair of the Government Group rotates on an annual basis, and serves as a member of the UN Global Compact Board.

Government Group members also gain access to the full range of UN Global Compact initiatives and tools, including our various Action Platforms, the Academy and the Expert Group.

Our Engagement Model with the Private Sector

Until 2018, the Foundation for the Global Compact has accepted voluntary contributions from businesses to support the operations, programmes and activities of the UN Global Compact. These vital supporters – over 1,500 businesses in 2017 – are recognized on their company profile on this website, and on the Foundation for the Global Compact website.

Beginning in January 2018, we have strengthened and tailored our support and opportunities for business by introducing a new engagement model that will require annual contributions from participating businesses in line with their preferred engagement tier: Participant or Signatory. Each engagement tier offers different types of engagement with tiered contributions levels based on a company’s annual revenue. To maintain the inclusive nature of the initiative, there is no required contribution from businesses with less than $50m in revenue, or from non-business participants.

Signatory

Participant

Company revenue tiers by annual gross sales/revenue

Required Annual Contribution

> USD 5 billion

USD 10,000

USD 20,000

USD 1 – 5 billion

USD 7,500

USD 15,000

USD 250 million – 1 billion

USD 5,000

USD 10,000

USD 50 – 250 million

USD 2,500

USD 5,000

USD 25 – 50 million

Voluntary

USD 2,500

< USD 25 million

Voluntary

USD 1,250

Contributions stemming from the engagement model of the UN Global Compact are made to the Foundation for the Global Compact and used to deliver programmes and participant service in collaboration with Global Compact Local Networks. A small percentage is set aside for the Local Network Development Fund — a mechanism created to support new and developing Networks.

Financial Disclosure

The Global Compact Trust Fund account is audited by the UN Accounts Division every year as a part of “Financial Report and Audited Financial Statements and Report of the Board of Auditors (BOA), Volume I”. BOA is responsible for the audit of the United Nations Trust Fund and its report is available at the end of every second year.

Incorporated under the laws of New York State as a not-for-profit corporation, the Foundation for the Global Compact is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Service and qualifies for maximum charitable contribution deductions by donors where applicable. Our US Federal Tax Identification Number is 16-1756484. We are audited by an independent third party auditor on an annual basis.

Incorporated under the laws of New York State as a not-for-profit corporation, the Foundation for the Global Compact is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Service and qualifies for maximum charitable contribution deductions by donors where applicable. Our US Federal Tax Identification Number is 16-1756484.


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