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A Framework for Action: Social Enterprise & Impact Investing

Guides investors, corporations and policymakers on engaging with social enterprises to create financial, social and environmental returns – outlining three key steps: prioritizing the rationale for engaging, defining a strategy, and choosing specific approaches to execute. (UNGC/The Rockefeller Foundation, 2012)

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Scaling Up Global Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

Highlights innovative work that food and agriculture companies are undertaking, together with governments and civil society, to improve food security and sustainable agriculture around the world. Examples demonstrate how companies are setting ambitious sustainability goals that seek to: better link smallholder farmers to markets; improve nutrition; reduce water and land use; better incorporate technology to improve the lives of the poorest families and enhance their communities; and reduce commodity price volatility. (UNGC, 2012)

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New Paths to Performance: Strategic Social Investment and Philanthropy

Examines various approaches to social investment practices in the context of corporate responsibility, including from traditional corporate philanthropy to business strategies that share the benefits of commercial activities more broadly, delivering social, environmental and financial returns. The report discusses some of the challenges Global Compact LEAD companies have faced – for example partnership obstacles or difficulties in ensuring an initiative’s sustainability over time – and how they have been overcome. (Global Compact LEAD, 2012)

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Foundations of Social Investment

Provides a summary of the ways in which businesses can contribute to social development. The discussion paper introduces an organizational continuum as a framework for understanding the various models through which business can make social investments. (Principles for Social Investment Secretariat/UNGC, 2012)

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The Reconceptualization of Business

Discusses social investment and the diverse ways in which business might engage in such activity. The report is supported by illustrative case studies from leading international organizations. (Principles for Social Investment Secretariat/UNGC, 2012)

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Policy Measures to Support Inclusive and Green Business Models

Analyzes the complementary role of policymakers and donors in supporting private sector innovations – in technologies, products and services – for inclusive and green business models to address challenges in low-income markets in developing and emerging countries. (DCED/UNGC/WRI/ New Ventures India, 2012)


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Markets of the Future: The UN Global Compact in the Least Developed Countries

Provides an overview on how Global Compact participants are advancing and supporting development in the UN-classified “Least Developed Countries.” The brochure captures best practices of participants and outlines Global Compact Local Network presence in these countries (UNGC, 2011).

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Partners in Development: How Donors Can Better Engage the Private Sector for Development in LDCs

The report explores how donors can effectively support public-private collaboration in order to attract sustainable investments and foster development in the Least Developed Countries. To this end, the report takes stock of existing donor programs aimed at engaging the private sector in development activities, identifies shortcomings and promising approaches, and offers recommendations on how donor programs can attract more public-private collaboration to the Lest Developed Countries (UNGC/UNDP/Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2011).

>> Partners in Development (pdf)


A Global Compact for Development

Emphasizes the second objective of the Global Compact by articulating how companies can support development objectives through their core business; strategic social investments; advocacy; partnerships and collective action. Available Global Compact platforms for business to support development goals are identified and examples of how companies are already contributing to this agenda are showcased. (UNGC, 2010)

>> A Global Compact for Development (pdf)


Role of Governments in Promoting Corporate Responsibility and Private Sector Engagement in Development

Reports on trends and policy options regarding the role of Governments in promoting corporate sustainability and engaging the private sector in achieving the MDGs. (UNGC/Bertelsmann Foundation, 2010)

>> Role of Governments in Promoting Corporate Responsibility... (pdf)


Delivering Results: Moving Towards Scale

The report highlights the best practices, lessons learned and challenges that companies face when developing inclusive business models. The report is the result of a half-day forum at the United Nations MDG Summit (21 September 2010), which brought together more than 200 leaders from companies, governments, international organizations, aid agencies, and NGOs. (Business Action for Africa/BCtA/IBLF/ICC/UNDP/UNGC/UNOP/WBCSD/Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, 2010)

>> Delivering Results (pdf)


Innovating for a Brighter Future: The Role of Business in Achieving the MDGs

Assesses the contribution that the private sector has made to UN development goals, including progress made since 2000. The report identifies the most significant and scalable trends. Developed by the Global Compact and Dalberg. (UNGC/Dalberg/UNOP/UNF, 2010)

>> Innovating for a Brigher Future (pdf)


Principles for Social Investment (PSI)

A set of voluntary principles to guide the ongoing practice of social investment by organizations, seeking to increase the impact and scalability of such contributions. Developed in collaboration between the Global Compact, St. James Ethics Centre and CECP. (UNGC/St. James Ethics Centre/CECP, 2010)

>> Principles for Social Investment (pdf)


Global Compact Participants in Latin America and the Caribbean: Contribution to the Millennium Development Goals

Outlines contributions made to the MDGs by a group of 22 Global Compact participants from seven countries: Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Paraguay. The document also reviews the Global Compact principles and their relation with the MDGs. (Regional Center for the Support of the Global Compact in Latin America and the Caribbean/Centro IDEARSE, 2010)

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The Impact of UK Companies on the Millennium Development Goals

This report illustrates and surveys how Global Compact companies based in the United Kingdom are contributing to development both in the UK and around the world. (Global Compact Network UK/UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, 2010)

>> Impact of UK Companies (pdf)



Food Sustainability – A Guide to Private Sector Action

This guide features 37 examples of good practices in seven areas relating to food sustainability: water management; agricultural inputs and infrastructure; financial mechanisms and risk management instruments; nutrition; energy and biofuels; information and communication technology; and job opportunities for low-income populations. It provides suggested actions for businesses and governments to take to contribute in these areas. (UNGC with broad alliance collaborators, 2008)

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Enhancing Partnership Value – The Partnership Assessment Tool (PAT)

An interactive tool to improve the effectiveness and developmental value of partnerships between the UN system and the private sector. (UNGC/UNDP/UNOP/UNITAR, 2007)

>> Partnership Assessment Tool



Joining Forces for Change: Innovation and Impact in UN-Business Partnerships

Joining Forces for Change profiles how 18 companies have partnered with different United Nations agencies to help address significant global issues. The guide illustrates how different types of UN-Business partnerships can contribute to development objectives, and show the win-win potential of collaboration. (UNGC, 2007)

>> Joining Forces for Change (pdf)


Business Guide to Partnering with NGOs and the United Nations

This guide identifies 100 leading non-profit actors from around the world that have demonstrated skill and excellence in partnering with companies to better equip companies to survey the NGO and UN landscape to match their needs and competences with those of potential partners. (UNGC/Dalberg, 2007)

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Partnering for Development – Making it Happen

A booklet produced by UNDP, exploring the concept of partnering particularly focusing on why different actors should engage in partnerships. The booklet briefly introduces the topic, describes the global context and the reason for why the public and the private sectors should engage in partnerships. (UNDP, 2006)

>> Partnering for Development (pdf)


Business UNusual: Facilitating United Nations Reform Through Partnerships

Partnerships have an increasingly important role to play as a complementary approach to the conventional instruments of international cooperation and development. “ Business UNusual” explores how partnerships with business act as a catalyst for reform and innovation throughout the UN organization. (UNGC/GPPi, 2005)

>> Business UNusual Part 1 (pdf) and Part 2 (pdf)


Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Making Business Work for the Poor

A report by the Commission on the Private Sector and Development, "Unleashing Entrepreneurship" explores the role of the private sector in alleviating poverty, and how the potential of the private sector can be unleashed in developing countries. (UNDP, 2004)

>> Unleashing Entrepreneurship


Business and the Millennium Development Goals: A Framework for Action 

A guide for companies and business coalitions can work with the UN system, governments and civil society organizations to help achieve the MDGs - aimed at making globalization a more positive force for more of the world's people. (IBLF, 2003)

>> Business and the Millenium Development Goals (pdf)


UNIDO Partnerships for Industrial Development

The purpose of this guide is to serve as a guide for actors in the public and private sector who may become involved in a UNIDO business partnership for industrial development. (UNIDO, 2002)

>> Partnerships for Industrial Development (pdf)


Fighting Poverty: A Business Opportunity

Report of the 10th International Business Forum InWent, WBI, Instituto Ethos, UN Global Compact Office (2005).

>>  Fighting Poverty: A Business Opportunity (pdf)


The Partnering Toolbook

The Partnering Toolbook offers a concise overview of the essential elements that make for effective partnering. (IBLF/GAIN/UNDP/IAEA, 2004)
>> The Partnering Toolbook (registration required)


Global Collaborative Governance: Enhancing Development Outcomes by Improving Partnership Governance and Accountability

This working paper by Simon Zadek and Sasha Radovich proposes a Framework that guides the governance and accountability of public-private partnerships. The Framework was developed and tested over two years across diverse partnerships and experts and offers a foundation for advancing a more systematized approach to the effectiveness of multi-stakeholder or public-private partnerships in the future. (AccountAbility/Harvard Kennedy CSR Initiative, 2006)
>> Global Collaborative Governance (pdf)


Compact Quarterly

The Compact Quarterly features a range of articles, interviews and updates on topics related to the Global Compact and corporate responsibility. The July 2005 issue was devoted to the role of business in the development of economies and societies and the December 2007 issue to partnerships for development. (UNGC, 2005, 2007)
>> Compact Quarterly




(Last update: 24 June 2012)