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Showcase: Activities by Academic Participants

UN Global Compact signatories from the academic sector are expected to implement the principles of the Global Compact in their operations. The following resource, developed by the Global Compact academic working group, provides a step-by-step guide for the implementation process (click here to download).

In addition, academic institutions are expected to engage in the Global Compact initiative in one or more of the following ways::

  1. Education about topics related to the Global Compact
  2. Applied Research and thought leadership in relation to the Global Compact
  3. Dissemination of the ten principles of the Global Compact
  4. Technical Support for Global Compact participants
  5. Lending Capacity to Global Compact Local Networks or the Global Compact Office

Below we display a variety of examples within each area.

Education about topics related to the Global Compact

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Project "Globally Responsible  Leadership Brazil - A Call for Commitment" FGV/ ISAE, Brazil Student-led projects on how to implement CSR strategies: Objectives of the course: 1) Help companies to internalize the Global Compact principles in corporate strategic management as well as to perform catalytic role in tackling the difficulties arising from the relationship between companies and their stakeholders, 2) To disseminate knowledge regarding the Global Compact and its importance to corporate leading teams. 3) To motivate students to work on topics related to the application of the Global Compact principles. 2006-2007
Case Studies Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada Repository of case studies according to each of the Global Compact principles Since 2006
Course "Peace and The Global Compact" TRANSCEND Peace University, Global 12-weeks intensive on-line post-graduate seminar for practitioners, activists and policy makers from civil society, labour, academia, government , the UN and business people who are interested in gaining a deeper, more critical and practical understanding of the United Nations Global Compact and in probing into the roles business can play in the development of a more sustainable society including key issues such as poverty alleviation, human rights, labour rights, the environment and corruption. Since 2006

Applied Research and thought leadership in relation to the Global Compact

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Analysis of Communication on Progress reports Technical University Darmstadt, Germany Students of the university under supervision of faculty members analyzed the content of Communcation on Progress reports of UN Global Comapct participating companies. Project results were then presented to representatives of company with assessment on what data could be added to make the COP report more effective. Spring 2010

Dissemination of the ten principles of the Global Compact

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Conference "Is  Corporate Citizenship Making a Difference?" UNISA Centre for Corporate Citizenship, Lindenberg Center for Global Citizenship; convened at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), South Africa/ Ghana Conference adressed following issues: Is corporate citizenship making a difference? This question will become increasingly prominent as both protagonists and critics of corporate citizenship seek to understand, monitor, and enhance the contribution of business to sustainable development. It requires that we develop measures of success that are commonly agreed upon, that respond to the challenges of a transition to sustainability, and that relate to the broader impacts of business activity and not just discrete "best practice" examples. Specific questions pertaining to the impacts of corporate citizenship efforts, and their measurement, are relevant at a variety of scales, including local communities, the firm, multi-stakeholder partnerships, initiatives such as the Global Compact, and even international aspirations such as the Millennium Development Goals.  21-22 October 2006
Conference "Business as an Agent of World Benefit Global Forum:
Management Knowledge Leading Positive Change"
Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, U.S. On-Site and virtual conference co-organized by Academy of Management, UN Global Compact, Case Weatherhead School of Management: The Global Forum brought corporate and thought leaders together in a unique setting to combine theory with practice as a means of developing actionable next steps for businesses seeking to respond to social issues like the environment, health and poverty while also making a profit. Instead of one-way speaking, the Forum differed from other conferences as it allowed participants to spend the majority of their time in intimate dialogue. Innovative processes which foster participative and interactive dialogue, such as Appreciative Inquiry, allowed participants to explore the business case for corporate social responsibility while developing solutions for implementing socially responsible activities. 400 delegates and over 1,000 virtual participants convened at the Global Forum to challenge the current state of corporate citizenship, envision possibilities for the future, and map out strategies for leveraging corporate citizenship activities. 22-25 Oct. 2006
Conference "Global Compact Learning Forum" Sabanci University, Turkey; Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, U.S. The first Global Compact Learning Forum academic conference was organized by Sabanci University, Turkey and Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, U.S. to facilitate accomplishments of United Nations Global Compact goals, mainly focusing on the environmental principles of the GC: The Sabanci University conference addressed environmentally sound technologies and supporting systems. The second conference, which took place at Wharton School in Philadelphia, built on the same theme and addressed the essential role of the private sector, in consort with the public sector and NGOs, to enable global implementation of environmentally sound technologies and sustainable environmental strategies.  May and September 2004

Technical Support for Global Compact participants

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Global Responsible Leadership Initiative European Foundation for Management Development EFMD, Europe/Global The Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative is the result of a year of intensive work by a group of senior representatives from companies, business schools and centres for leadership learning from five continents. The group was formed by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) with the support of the United Nations Global Compact. The initiative adresses four challenges which globally responsible leaders at all organisational levels face. First, globally responsible leaders should think and act in a global context. Second, they should broaden their corporate purpose to reflect accountability to society around the globe. Third, they should put ethics at the centre of their thoughts, words and deeds. Fourth, they - and all business schools and centres for leadership learning - should transform their business education to give corporate global responsibility the centrality it deserves. 2004 ongoing Since 2004

Lending Capacity to Global Compact Local Networks or the Global Compact Office

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Support for Global Compact Local Networks

Instituto de Empresa, Madrid, Spain

 

Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago de Chile, Chile

These academic institutions serve as secretariats of respective Global Compact Local Networks in Spain and Chile. Ongoing