Africa

More than 900 companies and non-business stakeholders are participating in the Global Compact across 35 countries in Africa. The region is poised for invigorated sustainable growth buoyed by several factors including: Continental agreements like Agenda 2063 (The Africa We Want) and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (One Africa); robust digital and technological innovations; abundance of renewable energy resources; a demographic dividend presented by the young population comprising 40% of 1.3 billion people; and a vibrant small and medium enterprise sub-sector. The region however continues to grapple with challenges related to limited access to favorable sustainable finance, global competition, large non-formal markets, limitations of infrastructure, climate change effects and most notably the ongoing COVID-19 crisis that has contributed to deceleration of progress towards SDGs. 

Anchored in the SDGs, the Paris Climate Commitment and international human rights covenants, the private sector has a primary role in rebuilding towards positive social and environmental impact and accelerating sustainable development. The Global Compact Ten Principles provide the cross-cutting, objective and pragmatic framework for businesses, large and small, to adopt responsible and sustainable models at their core and to drive action along their value chains. 

Working through 10 Local Networks across the Continent, the UN Global Compact helps to shape context-specific programmes, initiatives and outreach. Local Networks work in collaboration with key stakeholders including governments, regional economic institutions, UN partners, business associations and providers of capital to enhance 'Partnerships for the Goals' (SDG17). 

To accelerate and scale up sustainability action and responsible business in Africa, the Global Compact has adopted a 3 year strategic plan for 2021-2023 to ‘Mobilize Businesses for Impact in Africa’. The Africa Strategy anchors on the Global Compact ambition to Accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten Principles and delivering the SDGs and Agenda 2063 through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change.The Africa Strategy has three interlocking objectives:  to grow sustainability impact of the Global Compact through focusing on the most critical issues and the most impactful economic centers in Africa; while driving inclusive impact by engaging businesses large and small across the Continent; and leveraging the influence on associations, supply chains, and sources of capital. 

Learn More: UN Global Compact Africa Strategy

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