All types of organizations are invited to join the movement.

Who should join?

We welcome a wide range of organizations to join the UN Global Compact. Businesses, civil society organizations, business associations, labour organizations, academic institutions and cities can all make a commitment to a better world. We know that it takes collective efforts to make a difference for society.

It doesn’t matter if you are heavily experienced in sustainability efforts, or just starting out. Our 8,000 participating companies and 4,000 non-business participants have varying needs, and we’re prepared to support them all.

We’re shaping a sustainable future, and you need to be a part of it. Our participants include:

Our participants represent diverse industry sectors, from construction and materials to financial services, support services, computers and electronics. They are located in 170 countries and collectively represent more than 58 million employees.


Because of the values we uphold, we do maintain a few exceptions. Companies involved in the sale, manufacture and distribution of antipersonnel landmines or cluster
bombs by nature cannot meet the commitments of the UN Global Compact. Likewise, we do not accept companies that are the subject of a UN sanction or that have been blacklisted by UN Procurement for ethical reasons.

We also have established separate policies for micro-enterprises/organizations, subsidiaries and tobacco companies:

  • Micro-enterprises/organizations: If you have fewer than ten direct employees, you are welcome to learn about UN Global Compact activities through this website and your Global Compact Local Network, but we are unable to accept you as a UN Global Compact participant.
  • Subsidiaries: If you are a subsidiary of a participating company, you have two options. In some cases, the parent company’s UN Global Compact commitment applies to all subsidiaries. Other times, subsidiaries can choose to become UN Global Compact signatories alongside their parent company. Either way, subsidiaries can benefit from our 85 Local Networks that help advance local activities. Learn more about subsidiary participation.
  • Tobacco companies: We support the World Health Organization's efforts to raise awareness of the serious health effects of tobacco use. While tobacco companies are able to participate in the Global Compact, we do not actively encourage such companies to join, and we do not accept funding from tobacco companies. Learn more about tobacco company policy.

See our FAQ to learn more about participating in the UN Global Compact.

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