Companies at the GC Active level have submitted a COP that meets all minimum requirements, thereby demonstrating a commitment to progress and transparency. Through their practices, they have contributed to the Global Compact’s objective of broad business implementation of the ten principles and communication with external and internal stakeholders.
The GC Active level includes all business participants that have submitted a COP on time, made it widely available to stakeholders and completed a self-assessment confirming that the COP contains all three of the following elements:
The COP is a tool for transparency and disclosure of companies’ efforts in implementing the Global Compact principles. In doing so, they are encouraged to follow the UN Global Compact Management Model, which 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.
Using the GRI to Communicate Directly With Stakeholders
At the GC Active level, the Global Compact recommends the use of the GRI Guidelines to help participants communicate their progress directly to stakeholders and promote change through disclosure, transparency and stakeholder vetting. Companies at the GC Active level are encouraged to use the GRI G3 Guidelines and declare an Application Level, preferably Levels B or A.
The Global Compact encourages GC Active participants to improve their policy implementation and increase transparency in order to progress toward GC Advanced level over the next reporting period. As an incentive, the Global Compact will monitor and publish companies’ self-assessed progress within the differentiation framework.
The Global Compact Office, in collaboration with Local Networks and other key partners, has training modules on Global Compact implementation and on communicating progress, as well as other resources to help participants achieve the GC Advanced level. Learn more about training opportunities.
The Global Compact will continue to work with the GRI to help participants at this level raise the quality of their stakeholder communications, and develop joint trainings and guidance materials to help companies communicate progress using the GRI Guidelines.
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