With the business contribution to UN goals and objectives at an all-time high, and the UN entering the process of determining its development framework as targets of the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015, this is an opportune moment for business and the Global Compact to help shape the future priorities of the UN.
Delivering a better future for all requires action by all – Governments, corporations, citizens, consumers, workers, investors and educators. Undoubtedly, the private sector has a central role to play. As the world’s main source of economic activity, business is at the heart of virtually any widespread improvements in living standards.
Markets are essential for creating and diffusing solutions that will drive the changes our world needs. But, this will not happen through business as usual. Investment and business activity must be sustainable – delivering value not just financially, but also in social, environmental and ethical terms.
Business is increasingly forming alliances to address the world’s most urgent development issues. Recognizing the importance of shared values, some of these collaborations have reached significant scale in areas such as water, gender equality and climate change.
Following the success of the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum in June 2012, the UN Secretary-General has assigned the UN Global Compact a position on a par with his High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and entities such as the inter-agency UN Development Group in contributing directly to the recommendations that he will submit to Member States.
Assessing the issues that comprise the UN development agenda and providing a role for business in the post-2015 process will help the Global Compact achieve its mission – to make corporate sustainability a transformative force in achieving a shared, secure and sustainable future.
To ensure that the private sector perspective is incorporated into the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Global Compact has undertaken the following activities:
The Global Compact, through its annual Implementation Survey, has collected feedback from over 1,700 companies regarding their perspectives on how business can contribute towards global development priorities. The Global Compact is also represented on various UN Task Teams charged with developing input from the UN Secretariat and UN agencies.
The Global Compact has appointed Klaus Leisinger, Chairman of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, as Special Advisor on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Business Ethics. Brice Lalonde, former Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Coordinator of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, will also serve as Special Advisor on Sustainable Development to the UN Global Compact.
Input from the private sector was submitted to the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in March 2013 and to the Secretary-General in June 2013, whose report will be presented to Member States in time for the UN General Assembly in September 2013. The triennial Global Compact Leaders Summit in September 2013 will also provide an opportunity to showcase the private sector perspective on the post-2015 development process.
For more information regarding the Global Compact’s role in the post-2015 development process please contact Marie Wibe (wibe <at> un.org).