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

November 2019

On November 26, the high level United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights to be held in Geneva will address how the business sector can help advance sustainability practices.... Read More..

October 2019

The UN Global Compact welcomes the issuance in Europe of the first general-purpose SDG Linked Bond — an innovative corporate financial instrument that aims to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs... Read more »

September 2019

The UN Global Compact Leaders Week, from 23 to 26 September, will provide business leaders with an opportunity to meet with Government, civil society and youth leaders to identify clear actions to respond to the climate crisis and accelerate the SDGs... Read more »

August 2019

Recognizing the key role that companies play in driving progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Global Compact will bring the world’s leading Chief Executives and corporate sustainability experts to the UN Headquarters in New York for the UN Global Compact Leaders Week 2019, a series of participant events convened alongside the 74th session of the UN General Assembly week in September... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »»

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

December 2019

The UN Global Compact welcomes the issuance in Europe of the first general-purpose SDG Linked Bond — an innovative corporate financial instrument that aims to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. The €2.5 billion multi-tranche bond released by the multinational energy company Enel on Thursday was almost four times oversubscribed signalling strong demand for SDG-related investment opportunities. It follows the company’s first SDG Linked Bond issued on the American market in September, which raised US$ 1.5 billion.... Read more »

January 2020

Launched at Davos this month, SDG Ambition will challenge thousands of companies to raise their level of ambition to meet the needs of society by fully integrating sustainability into business strategy and operations. The world is not delivering progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the pace and scale needed. The initiative aims to empower and equip participating companies to develop and implement innovative business strategies that significantly increase their positive impact on the SDGs.... Read more »

February 2020

The UN Global Compact and UN partners are calling on business leaders everywhere to unite to support communities and companies affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. A coordinated international plan involving the business sector will be critical in efforts to support countries and companies affected and limit further disruption. In the spirit of responsibility, solidarity and international cooperation, the UN Global Compact is encouraging businesses everywhere to take immediate action to support affected communities and businesses in their time of need... Read more »

March 2020

To help drive responsible corporate action, the United Nations Global Compact is #UnitingBusiness to respond to COVID-19 and providing guidance and support to companies everywhere. For every decision maker, the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact provide ideas and inspiration during uncertain times.... Read more »