Early Adopter Programme

The Communication on Progress (CoP) is the primary mechanism for participating companies to demonstrate progress made against the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact.  

To add value and streamline sustainability reporting, a new Communication on Progress has been designed to enable participating companies to understand, measure, track and disclose their performance on the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. All business participants will be required to disclose their progress using the new Communication on Progress framework and platform beginning in 2023. 

To help us on this journey, we extended a special invitation to participating companies to join our Early Adopter Programme. Participants in the programme received early access to the pre-release version of the CoP framework and digital platform and had the opportunity to provide targeted feedback that will shape the platform before its full release in 2023.

More than 850 participants from over 80 countries disclosed their progress using the new CoP platform in the Early Adopter Programme. 

89% of surveyed participants either agree or strongly agree that the CoP meaningfully improves reporting on the Ten Principles and helps advance corporate sustainability, and another 80% of are likely to recommend the CoP to their peers. 

Feedback from Early Adopters

This was our third CoP since becoming participants...This revised approach is much more structured and systematic, both for us as participants and the UN in terms of aggregating information to assess progress on a global scale. The format of the answers also gives a framework to identify and prioritize further actions participants can take in terms of goal setting and internal policy development.”

The process is easier and clearer. It is a good thing that all the members must answer the same questions covering the same topics. 

Topics [covered in the CoP] are excellent for the international community as a whole.

See the full list of Early Adopters here. To learn more about the new CoP platform, visit our Communication on Progress website.

A message from Sanda Ojiambo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact on the new Communication on Progress.