Keynote address given by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
BANGKOK, 12 December 2018 — The United Nations Global Compact today launched a Local Network in Thailand at an inaugural meeting attended by over 500 business representatives.
Global Compact Network Thailand starts with 38 companies that have all committed to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and to take action to advance the Sustainable Development Goals.
"By assembling leaders from the Thai private sector to form a Global Compact Local Network, the critical work that you are undertaking to align your business with the ideals of the United Nations has my deep respect,” said Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Photo: Global Compact Network Thailand
"By assembling leaders from the Thai private sector to form a Global Compact Local Network, the critical work that you are undertaking to align your business with the ideals of the United Nations has my deep respect,” said Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and former Chair of the UN Global Compact Board in his keynote speech. “Our world is going through pronounced changes resulting in elevated uncertainties and new risks. Keep working to make business a force for good. Together, we can respond to the urgency of our global challenges and construct a better tomorrow."
Through its "Making Global Goals Local Business" campaign, the UN Global Compact spreads the word that companies that do business responsibly and find opportunities to innovate around sustainability will be the business leaders of tomorrow.
As countries establish and enact national plans for achieving these Global Goals, Global Compact Local Networks in 70 countries provide the platform for business to engage with stakeholders from Government, the UN, civil society and communities to align their strategies. The companies engaged with Network Thailand represent various industries, including food production, oil and gas and chemicals.
Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon celebrated the official launch of Global Compact Network Thailand in Bangkok with ministers and representatives from Thailand's top corporations. Photo: Global Compact Network Thailand
Suphachai Chearavanont, President of Global Compact Network Thailand, highlighted the role that the private sector leaders gathered at the launch event can play in building a sustainable future across their business operations.
"With major private business organizations from all industries gathering in this launching event, their contribution can be leveraged to help scale up impactful programmes and produce better results across a broad spectrum of supply chains, customers, partners and employees,” he said. “The launch of Global Compact Network Thailand reflects how Thailand's private sector is on the lookout for sustainable ways to develop business and ready to foster a collective, responsible awareness while developing knowledge-sharing and constructive activities within the network. These actions will eventually lead to a powerful driving force, which is a key success factor of sustainable development and brings together all of the positive changes in the country."
Global Compact Local Networks advance the UN Global Compact initiative and its Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption at the country-level around the world.
Pearly Laksameekan Ingkakul
Global Compact Network Thailand