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2011 Global Compact Implementation Survey: Annual Review of Business Policies and Actions to Advance Sustainability

The Global Compact Implementation Survey assesses how – and to what extent – participating companies are implementing policies and taking action on the ten principles and in support of broader UN goals and issues. In 2011, 1,325 companies from over 100 countries responded to the Global Compact Implementation Survey – making it the largest annual study conducted on corporate responsibility policies and practices by business globally. (UNGC, 2012)

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United Nations Global Compact Annual Review 2010

The Annual Review 2010 is organized following the three dimensions of the Global Compact Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership. This review assesses how – and to what extent – participating companies are implementing the ten principles; taking action in support of broader UN goals and issues; and engaging with the Global Compact locally and globally. At the center of the review are the findings from the 2010 Global Compact Implementation Survey. (UNGC, 2010)

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2010 Global Compact Leaders Summit Summary Report

The 2010 Global Compact Leaders Summit, based on the theme of building a new era of sustainability, gathered more than 1,300 Chief Executives, Government Ministers and Heads of Civil Society and Labour Organizations. The report summarizes the discussions and outcomes of the summit. (UNGC, 2010)

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United Nations Global Compact Annual Review – Anniversary Edition

Takes stock of the efforts undertaken by business participants and other key stakeholders to advance the ten principles and development, as well as peace, responsible investment, business education and broader UN-business collaboration. Findings from the annual Global Compact Implementation Survey, completed by over 1,000 companies from 100 countries, are featured throughout. Special focus is given to the 10th anniversary of the Global Compact. (UNGC, 2010)

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Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership within the Global Compact

This is a new model of leadership within the Global Compact, which is designed to inspire advanced performers to reach the next level of sustainability performance. It identifies leadership criteria linked to implementation of principles, efforts to support development objectives, and engagement in the Global Compact. (UNGC, 2010)

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A New Era of Sustainability UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study 2010

Provides an overview of CEO perspectives on progress to date, challenges ahead and the journey towards a sustainable economy. The report is based on an extensive study of nearly 1,000 Global Compact CEOs. (UNGC/Accenture, 2010)

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UN Global Compact Management Model

An updated performance model that guides companies through the process of formally committing to, assessing, defining, implementing, measuring, and communicating a corporate sustainability strategy based on the Global Compact and its principles. (UNGC/Deloitte, 2010)

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LearnCSR

LearnCSR combines state-of-the-art learning technology with knowledge on corporate social responsibility and sustainability. These eLearning modules enable corporations to integrate CSR into their core business, facilitate roll out of CSR strategies and train and motivate employees on specific CSR issues and policies. (GlobalCSR, 2011)

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Coming of Age: UN-Private Sector Collaboration Since 2000

Collaboration between the United Nations and the private sector has become engrained in the way the United Nations and its Agencies, Funds and Programmes function; but it was not always this way. The report charts the evolution of UN-business engagement since 2000. (UNGC/UNF/UNOP/GPPi, 2010)

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Supply Chain Sustainability A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement

Presents practical steps for how Global Compact signatories can implement the ten principles throughout their supply chains and integrate sustainability into procurement strategies. Includes examples of good corporate practices. (UNGC/BSR, 2010)

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Growing into Your Sustainability Commitments: A Roadmap for Impact and Value Creation

To better understand the challenges and opportunities companies face within the voluntary sustainability commitment arena, AccountAbility, in partnership with the UN Global Compact, conducted research to find out how companies are approaching and implementing voluntary sustainability commitments, and to identify and highlight good practices for future adoption, implementation, and advancement of commitments. (UNGC/AccountAbility, 2013)

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A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement for Small and Medium Enterprises

 

This two-page guide offers baseline definitions and practical steps that SMEs can take toward effective management of the social, environmental and economic impacts of supply chains. (UNGC/BSR, 2011)

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Sustainable Supply Chains: Resources and Practices

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Provides information on initiatives, resources and tools to assist companies in developing more sustainable supply chains, as well as case examples of good business practices. (UNGC/CSR Europe, 2010)

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Moving Upwards: The Involvement of Boards of Directors in the UN Global Compact

Advances understanding of Boardroom engagement in environmental, social and governance issues and provides a roadmap for how companies can better integrate oversight of these issues into the Board agenda. (UNGC, 2010)

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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)

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The Global Compact Self Assessment Tool

Translates the basic expectations raised by the Global Compact principles into a number of practical self-assessment questions and performance indicators for companies. The tool enables companies to diagnose their performance across all four issue areas, inspire continuous improvement, and assist in the development of a Communication on Progress. (UNGC/DI/Ministry for Economic and Business Affairs of Denmark/IFU, 2010)

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>> Pacte Mondial : outil d’auto-évaluation (pdf)

 

An Introduction to Linkages between UN Global Compact Principles and ISO 26000 Core Subjects

Provides a high-level overview of the key linkages between the UN Global Compact’s ten principles and the core subjects of social responsibility defined by ISO 26000. (UNGC, 2010)

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Sustainable Cities: Global Compact Cities Programme

Presents a blueprint and practical guidance for advancing sustainability in cities around the world through the Global Compact Ten Principles. Case examples of how various cities around the world are addressing issues such as climate change, slum rehabilitation, water management and the prevention of unethical behaviour are presented. (UNGC/RMIT, 2010)

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Global Compact Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises On Their Way Towards Global Responsibility

Provides guidance for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMES) in implementing the Ten Principles of the Global Compact. SMEs in Denmark share their experiences on how they approached the challenge of implementing the principles in practice. The majority of companies concentrated their efforts on improving labor standards and environmental initiatives. (UNDP/Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, 2009)

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United Nations Global Compact Annual Review 2008

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The Global Compact Annual Review 2008 takes stock of the broad array of efforts undertaken by business participants and other key stakeholders to advance the principles of the Global Compact. Featuring the results of our annual survey of business participants, information is provided on key actions and depth of engagement in each issue area. With over 700 survey responses from 90 countries, we believe it is one of the largest global surveys on corporate responsibility to date. (UNGC, 2009)

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UN Global Compact – Corporate Sustainability in the World Economy

The UN Global Compact is both a policy platform and a practical framework for companies that are committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. This brochure gives a brief introduction to the UN Global Compact, outlining the main objectives of the initiative, the business case for participation as well as some of the ways in which companies can engage. (UNGC, 2008)

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After the Signature – A Guide to Engagement in the Global Compact

A basic introduction to the UN Global Compact, outlining the commitment that a company makes when signing on to the initiative, such as implementing the ten principles and producing an annual COP report. The guide suggests practical steps companies can make to start the implementation process and proposes additional activities for signatories to maximize their engagement, such as participation in Global Compact Local Networks and engagement in partnerships projects with stakeholders. (UNGC, 2008)

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UN Global Compact Leading Companies Retreat Summary Report

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On 26-27 June 2008, representatives from multinational signatories to the UN Global Compact met for a Leading Companies Retreat. The purpose of this meeting was to share best practices and obstacles related to their movement toward global citizenship and specific related management approaches. (UNGC, 2008)

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Inspirational Guide to Implementing the UN Global Compact – Africa

Inspirational Guide Africa

Prepared on the occasion of the 2008 African Private Sector Forum, this guide presents examples illustrating the wide range of innovative and sustainable activities being undertaken by businesses across Africa – from skills development in South Africa and small enterprise development in Mozambique, to combating workplace discrimination in Côte d’Ivoire and responsible waste management in Morocco. (UNGC, 2008)

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The Global Compact Leaders Summit 2007 – Facing Realities: Getting Down to Business (Meeting Report)

The 2007 Global Compact Leaders Summit, the largest event ever organized by the UN on the topic of corporate citizenship, gathered more than 1,000 Chief Executives, Government Ministers and Heads of Civil Society and Labour Organizations. The report summarizes the discussions and outcomes of the summit, while the DVD presents a comprehensive documentation of the Summit, including a video archive of speeches and presentations, studies and reports, major initiatives as well as an extensive library of photographs. (UNGC, 2007)

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UN Global Compact Annual Review 2007

The Global Compact’s first Annual Review provides a comprehensive picture of the initiative and the efforts made by business and other stakeholders to advance the Global Compact's mission and principles. The review reveals the results of the first in-depth survey of Global Compact participants looking at business actions across several key areas – management, policy implementation, partnerships and local involvement. (UNGC, 2007)

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Inspirational Guide to Implementing the UN Global Compact

This guide features 21 examples of how companies from a wide range of sectors and countries have approached the challenge of implementing the ten principles and engaging in partnerships for development. The publication places particular emphasis on the challenges and dilemmas that companies are facing and the concrete and practical solutions they have developed in response. (UNGC, 2007)
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Operational Guide for Medium-Scale Enterprises

An international taskforce on SMEs and corporate citizenship, consisting of experts from companies, Global Compact focal points and other relevant organizations, have reviewed existing material on the implementation of the Global Compact principles and the work of SMEs and produced these operational guidelines for medium-sized enterprises. Operational guidelines for small enterprises will follow. (UNGC/UNIDO, 2007)
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The Buenos Aires Declaration for Subsidiary Engagement

140 representatives of multinational corporations operating in Latin America and of Latin-American Global Compact networks have developed a set of recommendations for engagement of subsidiaries at the local level. (UNGC, 2007)
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The Global Leadership Network – Tool for Implementation

The Global Leadership Network has launched an internet-based planning and assessment framework that helps companies align their social, environmental and economic performance with their core business strategy to ensure performance excellence in corporate citizenship. (UNGC/IFC/AccountAbility/Boston College Carroll School of Government, 2008)
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Global Compact Summit: China – Building Alliances for a Sustainable Global Economy

This report details the Global Compact's 2005 China Summit, which was held in Shanghai. (UNGC, 2006)

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Implementing the UN Global Compact – A Booklet for Inspiration

For many companies it can be challenging to translate the Global Compact’ s underlying international conventions into effective action in their day-to-day operations. As a practical tool, this booklet provides specific examples of ways in which Danish companies are operationalizing social responsibility in the field. (UNGC, 2005)
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REAP – Responsible Entrepreneurs Achievement Programme

REAP is designed to support small and medium enterprises to assess their corporate responsibility-related performance and is based on the ten Global Compact principles and UNIDO's triple-bottom-line approach which combines financial, environmental and social data in a company's assessment. REAP is equally useful for multinational enterprises that plan to implement a responsible supply chain management system for their global suppliers and partners. (UNIDO, 2005)
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Towards Responsible Lobbying

Does lobbying have a legitimate role in our 21st century world? Is “ responsible lobbying” a contradiction in terms? If lobbying can be made responsible, how will this happen? This report examines the current issues around political lobbying and sets out to reinvigorate the debate. It also proposes a comprehensive framework which companies and NGOs can use to assess the responsibility of their own lobbying activities and to identify areas for improvement. (UNGC/AccountAbility, 2005)
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The Global Compact Leaders Summit 2004 – Final Report

On 24 June 2004, Secretary-General Kofi Annan convened the Global Compact Leaders Summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Nearly 500 leaders attended the Summit - including chief executive officers, government officials, and heads of labour groups, civil society and UN agencies — to discuss the Global Compact and global corporate citizenship, and to produce strategic recommendations and action imperatives related to the future evolution of the initiative. (UNGC, 2004)
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Raising the Bar: Creating Value with the UN Global Compact

“Raising the Bar” outlines how the Global Compact and its principles can stimulate organizational change while creating business value. Produced by a team of experts, the book assists frontline managers of large and small companies in translating the Global Compact into business practices and positions the classic elements of management excellence in the context of the challenges of sustainable development. It brings practical guidance with an inventory of knowledge, tools, examples and information sources, all organized around a basic Performance Model that embraces concepts familiar to most business people. (UNGC/Greenleaf, 2004)

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Gearing Up – From Corporate Responsibility to Good Governance and Scalable Solutions

An assessment of the current state of corporate responsibility and what it will take to scale up efforts. The report concludes that while the CR movement has made real progress, it is constrained by a lack of appropriate links to wider global, regional and national governance frameworks. While a small, but growing, number of visionary companies have made considerable strides, their numbers will remain small as long as the business case for getting in front of the corporate pack remains weak (UNGC/SustainAbility, 2004).
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Learning to Talk – Corporate Citizenship and the Development of the UN Global Compact

27 essays detailing the inception and growth of the Global Compact. Edited by Malcolm McIntosh, Sandra Waddock and Georg Kell, with a foreword and essay by Kofi Annan, "Learning to Talk" reflects on the first steps of an initiative born in the aftermath of the Cold War, in the "triumph of global economic liberalism" and mass demonstrations against globalization. It contains serious reflections on the Global Compact's aims and origins; stories of engagement; and discussion on how this initiative has quickly become an important reference point in the dialogue on global and corporate governance. (UNGC/Greenleaf, 2004)
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