What does the UN Global Compact offer to business and industry associations?
Annual Business Associations Forum on Sustainable Development
Together with the International Chamber of Commerce, we convene an annual Forum. Here, we bring together senior experts and leaders of global business and industry associations to share best practices and discuss challenges and opportunities to promote sustainable development issues to their members. In 2015, our meeting took place on 24 June in New York as part of Global Compact+15.
Promoting Industry Best Practices
Our publications feature notable examples of industry associations’ contributions to sustainable development and corporate citizenship. We plan to launch a new publication, Good Practice Note: Industry Associations in Support of Sustainable Development, in September 2015. We will continue to promote good practices as we will receive more notable examples through the initiative’s COE policy.
Partnerships & Initiatives
Throughout the history of the UN Global Compact, numerous business and industry associations have contributed to developing resources and tools. Recently, we joined forces with global industry and business associations such as Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors, International Road Transport Union and International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) to provide sector-specific guidance and facilitate industry-wide partnerships.
- International Road Transport Union (IRU): The UN Global Compact supports an IRU-pioneered partnership called ‘Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport’ (GPST).The GPST is a multi-stakeholder platform committed to advancing the SDGs in the transport sector. As a global, industry-led, and multi-modal initiative, the GPST works on advocacy and awareness raising, partnership building, and conducts industry analysis in contribution to implementing sustainable transport practices globally.
- Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS): The UN Global Compact has worked closely with the RICS to develop a comprehensive resource package to help companies in the land, construction and real estate sectors advance corporate sustainability throughout the land lifecycle.