UN Global Compact Monthly Bulletin

The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, actions you can take, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look at this monthly communication for important information. Please note that actions and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders, unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

UN Global Compact Monthly Bulletin

July 2019

Ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit this September, 30 companies with a combined market capitalization of over $1.3 trillion have committed to set ambitious emissions targets that address the escalating climate crisis. Recognizing the essential role of business in tackling climate change, 30 companies have committed to set independently-verified climate targets aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels...

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June 2019

In the lead-up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit to be held on 23 September in New York, the UN Global Compact has convened more than 20 global leaders in a campaign calling on chief executives to set science-based targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Business leaders who commit to 1.5°C will be recognized at the Private Sector Forum, which this year doubles up as the official luncheon of the UN Climate Action Summit...

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May 2019

Nearly 40 Heads of State reaffirmed their commitment to the 2030 Agenda through a joint communiqué from the Leaders' Roundtable of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation — calling on all market players to fulfill their corporate social responsibility and follow the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. “We are delighted and encouraged by this endorsement of our Principles from world leaders,” said Lise Kingo...

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April 2019

Almost four years into the 2030 Agenda, it is clear that our actions are not transformational enough, nor at the scale and pace needed to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Estimates project that it will require roughly US $5 to 7 trillion of annual investments to make this happen. This leaves us with a financing gap of between $2.5 and 3 trillion annually, and for each year we fail to close the gap, the price tag grows...

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March 2019

Investors all over the world — from large pension funds to young first-time investors — are increasingly demanding information on the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) impacts of their investments. In response to this demand, Blackrock, the world’s largest asset manager, will now indicate what percentage of issuers within each ETF are in violation of the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact as a core component of their ESG disclosures...

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February 2019

From driving the representation and leadership of women in management and investment decisions, to ensuring equal pay for equal work, to increasing support for women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, all companies can play a vital role in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community...

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January 2019

20 years ago this month, our late founder UN Secretary-­General Kofi Annan first proposed the idea of a Global Compact between the United Nations and the world’s businesses. The universal principles on human and labour rights, respect for the environment and anti­-corruption proposed by Kofi Annan as the basis of the initiative remain as valuable and relevant today as they were then. In a topsy-turvy world, principles-based business can make a huge difference. Now is the moment in time when we can together begin to scale up faster to reach tipping points that will turn corporate sustainability from a nice idea into a practical, mainstream reality for businesses everywhere...

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