Global Compact LEAD constitutes a major institutional innovation for the UN Global Compact, allowing for leading companies to differentiate themselves within the initiative. Nevertheless, LEAD will be deeply integrated into the current structure of the Global Compact, including most notably the Global Compact Local Networks, the six existing working groups as well as the Caring for Climate and CEO Water Mandate initiatives.
The Global Compact has more than 100 Local Networks around the world. Local Networks perform an increasingly important role in rooting the Global Compact within different political, economic and cultural contexts, and also in helping to manage the organizational consequences of the Global Compact’s rapid expansion. There are a number of very important linkages to LEAD that will be leveraged:
Over the years, Global Compact Working Groups have produced cutting-edge guidance materials and tools related to the initiative’s four core issue areas – human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. On additional key sustainability issues related to the mission of the Global Compact, other working groups and special initiatives – such as Caring for Climate, the CEO Water Mandate, Business and Peace as well as Supply Chain Sustainability— have also resulted in significant innovation and learning.
While the working groups will continue to be the main venue for discussion of the latest trends and developments as well as for the development of issue-specific tools and resources, Global Compact LEAD will provide a number of related opportunities for its members:
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Participation in Global Compact LEAD will also provide unique access to critical stakeholders. Learn more about the strategic linkages that will be offered through this platform.
(Last Update 7 December 2010)