Every year on 8 March, many companies take the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD) to celebrate women in their workforce. This document aims to provide recommendations on how to meaningfully leverage IWD to advance gender equality and move the needle for women and girls. These recommendations are applicable for every day.
A just transition to a net zero future is an important undertaking, requiring bold actions from all parties — and effort from corporates is definitely an important one. The UN Global Compact helps businesses to align with its Ten Principles and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has published this whitepaper to plot a roadmap for corporates to reach net zero, facilitating the private sector to play its role in the pathway.
The UN Global Compact partnered with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on a Business Guide to urgently respond to Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis. The Guide provides concrete action for businesses to support the Secretary-General’s three-month Flash Appeal for people in Ukraine, and a Regional Refugee Response Plan for the situation outside, under the leadership of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
This report examines the aggregate results of companies using the Women's Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool with an aim to provide insights on global and regional corporate performance on gender equality and showcase the efforts of partners and other stakeholders to drive women's empowerment around the world. The report concludes that while some progress has been made on advancing gender equality across regions and across issues, there is a need for more accelerated, urgent, impactful action across the board. This report is available in English, French, German, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.
SMEs are the engine of private sector growth, both in developing and developed economies, and are critical to the fulfilment of the Global Goals. Their per capita contribution may be smaller than that of larger firms, but the cumulative impact of SMEs is significant. The following vision articulates the ambition of fostering meaningful engagement by the UN Global Compact with SMEs at a global scale via the Local Networks. It serves as an aspirational long-term vision, linked to the corporate strategy of the UN Global Compact, towards which this strategic plan as well as future iterations will be directed.
This guide is a collection of best practices, common challenges, solutions and experiences from the seafood sector to support companies to set a science-based emission reduction target with the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). As the seafood sector works towards a low carbon and sustainable future, collective action across geographies and supply chains will be key to reaching these goals.
Guides companies around the world to better understand and address human rights impacts in their operations and supply chains. Users can access in-depth analysis of key human rights issues, due diligence recommendations, as well as case studies illustrating how other businesses have responsibly addressed human rights impacts.
The UN Global Compact China Strategy aims to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of Chinese businesses by upholding the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.
2022 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles developed jointly by UNICEF, UN Global Compact and Save the Children in consultation with children, businesses, investors, governments, civil society, trade unions, national human rights institutions and United Nations entities. The joint Brief “Charting the Course: Embedding children’s rights in responsible business conduct” summarizes the findings of a more detailed forthcoming report by the three organizations and aims to chart the course for the coming years. Impact at scale is yet to be achieved to put child rights at the heart of corporate sustainability, the time has come to raise the bar towards making business fit for children.
The number of businesses committing to net-zero emissions is rapidly growing, but not all net-zero targets are created equal. Without adhering to a common definition, net-zero targets can be inconsistent, and their collective impact limited.Responding to the pressing need for a common understanding of “net zero” in a corporate context, the Net-Zero Standard offers the world's first framework for corporate net-zero target setting in line with climate science.In this 20-minute, interactive e-learning course delivered by the UN Global Compact Academy and the Science Based Targets initiative, you will: Discover how the Net-Zero Standard provides a common, robust, and science-based understanding of net-zero Receive guidance on how to set science-based net-zero targets consistent with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C Align your company's near- and long-term targets with climate science New to science-based targets? This e-learning course requires a basic understanding of science-based targets and a familiarity with the Science Based Targets initiative. If you're new to this topic, we recommend the Academy foundations course, Setting science-based targets.
This publication highlights how African businesses can accelerate the sustainable development of their economies while making critical contributions to advance climate action, and includes key insights from CEOs on making low-carbon development a reality in Africa.
This publication highlights the collaborative and creative steps governments, multilaterals and private financers may need to take in order to reduce the funding gap and increase the flows of climate finance in Africa, and includes insights from the Africa Business Leaders Coalition (ABLC) roundtable discussion on business-led climate action, which took place in Casablanca in July 2022.