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March 2013

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Local Network Update

  • Local Networks Address Key Issues for Africa and the Middle East
  • Training on Global Compact Management Model Held in Egypt

2. Updates to Advanced COP Requirements Take Effect
3. Business Leader’s Award to Fight Human Trafficking Announced
4. Global Compact Appoints Special Advisors
5. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

 

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Contribute to Resource on Supply Chain Traceability
2. Call for Nominations: Global Campaign in Search of 100 Sustainable Solutions
3. Survey: MY World
4. More Opportunities: Comment on the Exposure Draft of Guide for Business on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Business and Women’s Health Webinar Recording
2. International Trade Centre Standards Map

EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. ESG Investor Briefing (13 Mar)
2. Business Roundtable: High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (24-25 Mar)
3. Upcoming Webinars (March -April 2013)

  • Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum:
    • Living Wage / Working Hours (20 Mar)
    • Doing Business in Conflict-Affected Countries (29 Apr)
  • Consultations on Business Reference Guide on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (9 Apr, 17 Apr and 30 Apr)

 

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Local Network Update

  • Local Networks Address Key Issues for Africa and the Middle East
    Global Compact Local Networks from Africa and the Middle East convened for their annual regional meeting (11-13 February, Nairobi). The gathering of Local Networks was preceded by an event that brought Kenyan businesses together with Local Networks and UN representatives. Topics discussed at the regional meeting included the UN post-2015 development agenda, building partnerships to advance UN goals, making corporate sustainability work for women and children, and responsible business practices in challenging operating environments. More.
  • Training on Global Compact Management Model Held in Egypt
    A training session focusing on the Management Model – a six-step framework for the implementation of the Global Compact's ten principles by business – was convened (19 February, Cairo) for 25 Egyptian companies. The event was organized by the Global Compact Network Egypt and the Global Compact Office with the support of the Switzerland State Secretariat for Economic Affairs – SECO.

2. Updates to Advanced COP Requirements Take Effect
The Global Compact has introduced minor refinements to the GC Advanced COP requirements as planned (1 March) to align the advanced criteria more closely with the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership. For more information on how the updates affect communication on progress, please refer to the COP Policy, the updated GC Advanced criteria, and a recorded webinar for business participants that report or aim to report in the future at the GC Advanced level - including LEAD companies.

3. Business Leader’s Award to Fight Human Trafficking Announced
The winner of the Business Leader’s Award to Fight Human Trafficking – developed by End Human Trafficking Now with the support of the Global Compact – was recently announced (25 January, Davos). This global award recognizes business leaders engaged in combating human trafficking for their leadership, vision and innovation, as well as commitment to preventing and eliminating modern day slavery. More.

4. Global Compact Appoints Special Advisors
The Global Compact has appointed two special advisors: Brice Lalonde, former Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Coordinator of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, as Special Advisor on Sustainable Development; and Klaus Leisinger, Chairman of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, as Special Advisor on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Business Ethics. Both advisors will play an important role in the Global Compact’s work to incorporate the private sector perspective into the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda. More about the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda.

5. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In February, 96 companies and 52 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 18 companies were expelled for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: TeliaSonera AB (Sweden), Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd. (Switzerland), DLA Piper (United Kingdom), Palfinger AG (Austria), Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. (Korea), Systembolaget (Sweden), Air Europa Lineas Aereas S.A.U. (Spain), Constructora El Sauce S.A. (Chile), The South African Forestry Company (South Africa) and Klepierre (France).

Total figures as of 28 February:

  • Business participants: 7,267
  • Non-business participants: 3,726
  • COPs submitted: 19,295
  • Expelled business participants: 4,103

 

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Contribute to Resource on Supply Chain Traceability
A Task Force of the Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability is mapping existing resources, initiatives and company practices related to tracing material through the supply chain. This project will form the foundation for practical guidance for companies on this topic.

Participants are invited to share their experiences, tools and guidelines related to traceability in the supply chain. Please click here to learn more or contact Anita Househam (househam@un.org).

2. Call for Nominations: Global Campaign in Search of 100 Sustainable Solutions
International sustainability initiative Sustainia and the Global Compact have launched a campaign to identify 100 solutions with the potential to significantly advance sustainable development. The campaign, Sustainia100, is open to submissions featuring international projects, technologies and state-of-the-art innovations that set new standards for sustainability in at least one of ten categories: buildings, food, fashion, transportation, IT, education, energy, health, cities and resources.

Individuals, start-up enterprises, civil society organizations and established businesses can nominate solutions and projects at the Sustainia100 website until 22 March.

3. Survey: MY World

MY World is a United Nations global survey for citizens. Working with partners, MY World aims to capture people’s voices, priorities and views, so world leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the next set of global goals to end poverty and ensure sustainability.

Visit www.myworld2015.org to vote for the topics you think world leaders should prioritize in setting the post-2015 global development agenda.

4. More Opportunities: Comment on the Exposure Draft of Guide for Business on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and more

Many of the engagement opportunities announced in past issues of the Bulletin are still active. View the full list of Engagement Opportunities.


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FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Business and Women’s Health Webinar Recording: Introduces examples of innovative approaches to empowering women, focusing on women’s health initiatives in the private sector, and illustrates ways in which companies are taking action to implement the Women’s Empowerment Principles. View the presentation. Listen to the recording.

2. International Trade Centre Standards Map: Provides users with information to analyze and compare information on 100 voluntary standards, including the Global Compact, operating in over 200 countries, and certifying products and services in more than 80 economic sectors. Access the Standards Map.

Please visit the Tools and Resources webpage to access all material issued by the Global Compact.

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EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. ESG Investor Briefing (13 Mar)
– OPEN TO BUSINESS PARTICIPANTS – The next ESG Investor Briefing will be hosted by Pirelli as part of a joint PRI-Global Compact initiative designed to improve communication at the company-investor interface and ensure that sustainability performance is rewarded by financial markets. The briefing will mirror the format of traditional quarterly financial calls.

Any business participant who may be interested in hosting its own ESG Investor Briefing is welcome to listen by contacting danielle.chesebrough@unpri.org or bostwick@unglobalcompact.org.


2. Business Roundtable: High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (24-25 Mar, Bali)
– INVITATION ONLY – Ahead of the 4th meeting of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, this event will gather senior representatives from the private sector, Government, civil society, academia and youth to discuss how business can best contribute to the future UN development agenda. Participants from the Asia-Pacific region will explore how business efforts can have the greatest positive impact and the role that partnerships will play.

For more information, please contact Leimer Tejeda (tejeda@un.org). Click here to learn more about the Post-2015 development agenda.

3. Upcoming Webinars (March – April 2013) – OPEN INVITATION

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  Event Calendar

March
ESG Investor Briefing (13 Mar, online)
Business Roundtable: High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Bali, 24-25 Mar)
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Living Wage / Working Hours (20 Mar, webinar)
One Year Later: Taking Stock of the Children's Rights and Business Principles (22 Mar, Stockholm)

April
Consultation on Business Reference Guide on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (9 Apr, online)
12th Meeting of the Working Group on the 10th Principle Against Corruption (9-10 Apr, New Delhi)
Sustainable Business and Investment in the Global Context: Rights, Risks and Responsibilities (16-17 Apr, Beijing)
Consultation on Business Reference Guide on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (17 Apr, online)
Promoting Labour Standards through Corporate Social Responsibility: Instruments and Practices (22-26 April, Turin)
Partnering for Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development (23 Apr, New York)
Private Sector Focal Points Meeting and Annual Local Networks Forum (24-26 Apr, Geneva)
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Doing Business in Conflict-Affected Countries (29 Apr, webinar)
Consultation on Business Reference Guide on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (30 Apr, online)

June
2nd PRME Latin America Regional Meeting (18-20 Jun, Lima)

September
UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 (19-20 Sep, New York)
2013 PRME Summit (25-27 Sep, Bled)


Please visit the Event Calendar on our website to learn more about the listed events.

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Published 7 March 2013