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Business for Peace Kicks Off Local Network Launch Series in Colombia

30 October 2013

 

The UN Global Compact, together with its Local Networks, has kicked off a series of Business for Peace (B4P) national events to catalyze collaborative action to advance peace in the workplace, marketplace and local communities. The first country-level launch event, "Empresas por la paz", was hosted by the Global Compact Network Colombia. Capitalizing on the momentum of ongoing Colombian peace talks, the event featured a series of multi-stakeholder workshops and dialogues on the contributions business can make to the peace process.

 

Launch Event: Business for Peace at UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013

19 September 2013

 

The Business for Peace platform hosted a launch event involving representatives of more than 45 individual firms and 17 country networks of the UN Global Compact who had signed onto the platform. Business for Peace was formally launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 20 September.

 

Webinar: Responsible Business in Iraq

20 September 2012

 

Co-hosted by the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the Global Compact Office, this webinar aimed to facilitate a constructive discussion on how companies and investors can best build and manage constructive government relations in Iraq. The webinar highlighted views and experiences of key actors in the country, and facilitated open discussion to encourage participants to share best practices.

 

Webinar: Advancing Responsible Business in Colombia

29 May 2012

 

As part of an ongoing series of country-focused webinars on Responsible Business Practices in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, the UN Global Compact Office and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) convened an online discussion on how to best engage with local communities in Colombia, with a particular focus on grievance mechanisms and the role of local unions.

 

Webinar: Promoting Responsible Business in Myanmar – Towards Job Creation and Sustainable Development

8 March 2012

 

The UN Global Compact and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Secretariat together with the Expert Group on Responsible Business and Investment in High-Risk Areas hosted the first of an ongoing series of country-focused webinars. This webinar discussed the current environmental, social and economic risks and opportunities in Myanmar and explored how responsible business can be promoted in the country. Held in advance of the introduction of the UN Global Compact in Myanmar, this webinar facilitated a preliminary discussion laying the groundwork for the establishment of a Global Compact Local Network in the future.

 

Expert Group Meeting: Responsible Business and Investment in High-Risk Areas

8 November 2011
New York
 

The Expert Group on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas convened to discuss ways to advance the implementation of responsible business practices in difficult operating environments. Participants engaged in dialogue on a range of relevant topics, including the management of security issues; new disclosure requirements connected with the conflict minerals provision of the Dodd-Frank Act; and local implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). The Expert Group also discussed how companies can advance responsible business in post-conflict areas such as Libya, and explored how Expert Group members can support key complementary initiatives.

 

Working Conference of the Global Compact German Network on "Business and Peace"

1 March 2011
Berlin
 

Global Compact German Network participants convened to share experiences and views on how to make responsible investment decisions and implement responsible business practices in high risk and conflict-affected areas. The discussions also focused on the role of businesses in global resource conflicts.  Over 100 company representatives, investors, UN officers and other experts participated in this working conference.

 

Webinar on the "Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas: A Resource for Companies and Investors"

11 November 2010
10am EST
Online

The Global Compact and the Principle for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative will convene this webinar to provide participants the opportunity to learn more about the Guidance and how it can be used. The webinar is mainly targeted to companies and investors with business interests/operations in high-risk operating environments. The value of the Guidance will be presented, as well as its nature and content. How the Guidance can be used will be highlighted through brief presentations both by a company and an investor. It is anticipated that a pilot group of companies and investors willing to use/implement the Guidance and report back on lessons learned will be established. All Global Compact participants are invited to join. Please contact Adrienne Gardaz (gardaz@un.org) to register.

 

United Nations Global Compact Business and Peace Workshop: Business’ contribution to Peace and Development through Multi-stakeholder Collaboration

25-26 April 2010
Tokyo, Japan
 

The event brought together over 150 business representatives, institutional investors, academics, civil society representatives, and government officials from Asia. The workshop was co-organized by the Global Compact Office, the Global Compact Japan Network, the University of Tokyo, and Keiai University, with support from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mitsubishi Research Institute. Deliberations focused on how East Asian businesses can maximize the positive impact of their presence – such as contributing to building sustainable markets and setting good governance examples – when operating in difficult environments. 

 

Conference on Responsible Business and Investment in Conflict-Affected Areas

1-2 March 2010
Khartoum, Sudan

The first joint UN Global Compact – Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) event on Responsible Business and Investment in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas was convened in Khartoum, Sudan, on 1-2 March 2010. The meeting was organized by the Global Compact Local Network Sudan and the Sudanese Businessmen and Employers Federation with the support of a number of government ministries, UNIDO Sudan and UNDP Sudan and brought together over 120 representatives of business, investors, civil society, academia, the UN and Government.
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First Expert Group Consultation Meeting on Responsible Investment in Conflict-Affected Countries

8 Jun 2009
Istanbul, Turkey

More than 60 representatives of global businesses, institutional investors asset managers and civil society organizations met in Istanbul today for an expert consultation hosted by the United Nations Global Compact on challenges associated with investments in high-risk settings. 
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Working Session: "Doing Business in a Multicultural World"

7 Apr 2009
Istanbul, Turkey

During the Second Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the UN Global Compact Office co-organized a working session at the Forum entitled “Doing Business in a Multicultural World”, with over 60 participants from business, civil society and academia, to examine the role of the private sector in promoting cross-cultural understanding.

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Local Network Launch in Sudan

1 Dec 2008
Khartoum, Sudan

More than 150 senior representatives of business, the United Nations, government and civil society organizations convened in Khartoum to launch the UN Global Compact Network Sudan. The event was organized by the AlBadayel Advanced Training Center, the Sudanese Businessmen and Employers Federation and the Ahfad University for Women, in collaboration with a number of government ministries, UNIDO Sudan and UNDP Sudan.

 

Responsibility to the Future: Business, Peace, Sustainability

26 -28 Jun 2008
Mumbai, India

The Global Compact and Strategic Foresight Group co-hosted this international event. The President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Patil provided the inaugural address, Dr. Supachai, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, attended as the Guest of Honour, and Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of Anglo American co-chaired the event.

 

Informal Consultation on Responsible Investment in Weak States

17 Jan 2007
New York, US

This multi-stakeholder meeting on responsible investment in weak and conflict prone states was organized by the Global Compact Office together with the New York City Comptroller's Office and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The event brought together over 75 participants including institutional investors and companies along with civil society and UN representatives to explore the key challenges faced by companies operating in weak or conflict-prone states.

 

Meeting Explores Partnership Opportunities in Post-conflict Societies

17 May 2006
Khartoum, Sudan

This one-day forum on public-private partnerships in post-conflict societies brought together a broad range of stakeholders  to discuss the role of multi-sectoral partnerships in countries emerging from conflict. Among the outcomes of the meeting was the decision to explore the possibility to establish a new Global Compact local network in Sudan.

Outcome Document (pdf) | "Eyes wide open”: human rights and justifying business engagement. Reflections on the importance of the Khartoum meeting (pdf) | News Item

 

Global Compact Symposium: Strengthening Conflict-Sensitive Business Practices in Vulnerable and Conflict-Affected States

14 Dec 2004
New York, US

High-level representatives of the business community, governments, the UN and academia met to explore ways to scale-up cooperation in support of conflict-sensitive business practices.
 
Meeting Report | Agenda | Presentations: H.E. Joel W. Adechi Benin | H.E. Peter Maurer Switzerland | H.E. Aminu Bashir Wali Nigeria | Dr. Otto Lampe Global Task Force | Mr. Baudouin Hamuli Kabarhuza CENADEP | Mr. Jannik Lindbaek STATOIL | Mr. Ruben Dario Lizarralde Montoya Indupalma | Prof. Dr. Bernd Stecher Siemens AG | Mr. Iván Toro López Colombian Workers Union

 

Expert Workshop II: Identifying Public Policy Options to Promote Conflict-Sensitive Business Practices

13 Dec 2004
New York, US

The second Expert Workshop addressed the role of Governments and International Organizations in the adoption of conflict sensitive practices.

Meeting Report (pdf)  | Agenda (pdf) | Participants (pdf)  | Presentation by Carolyn A. Ristau, Pro-Natura International: Approaches to Community Engagement and Participatory Development (pdf)

 

Expert Workshop I: Identifying Public Policy Options to Promote Conflict-Sensitive Business Practices

7 - 8 Oct 2004
New York, US

The central objective of this workshop was to identify key participants for the Global Compact Dialogue on the Role of the Private Sector in Zones of Conflict.
Meeting Report (pdf) | Agenda (pdf) | Participants (pdf)

 

Global Compact Policy Dialogue: Colombia Workshop

27 -28 May 2004
Bogota, Colombia

Building on the outcomes of the Global Compact policy dialogue 2001 and 2002, the Global Compact, in cooperation with UNDP, International Alert and with financial support from the German government, launched a series of regional workshops to test and translate recommendations and guidelines. This multi-stakeholder meeting addressed the role of the private sector in peace-building efforts in Colombia, the importance of transparency for conflict sensitive business practice, and multi-stakeholder partnerships for peace building.

 
Agenda (pdf) | Keynote Address (pdf) by Karen Ballentine

 

Global Compact Policy Dialogue: Central Asia Workshop

13-14 Nov 2003
Almaty, Kazahstan

Building on the outcomes of the Global Compact policy dialogue 2001 and 2002, the Global Compact, in cooperation with UNDP, International Alert and with financial support from the German government, launched a series of regional workshops to test and translate recommendations and guidelines. The Central Asia workshop addressed the role of business in creating stability in the region and brought together representatives from governments, business, civil society and the UN.
Meeting Report (pdf) | Participants (pdf) | Agenda (pdf)

 

Global Compact Policy Dialogue: Africa Workshop

18 - 19 Nov 2002
Johannesburg, South Africa

Building on the outcomes of the Global Compact policy dialogue 2001 and 2002, the Global Compact, in cooperation with UNDP, International Alert and with financial support from the German government, launched a series of regional workshops to test and translate recommendations and guidelines. With the support of the African Institute for Corporate Citizenship, the first workshop in this series was organized for sub-Saharan Africa. The meeting brought together representatives from governments, business, civil society and UNDP country offices.
 
Participants (pdf) | Agenda (pdf) | Meeting Report (pdf) | Presentations:  Dr. Randall Gossen, Nexen Assessing and Managing Risk in Zones of Conflict (pdf) | Soji Apampa, SAP Reform Initiatives: The Case of Nigeria (pdf) | Akere Tabeng Muna, Transparency International Understanding the African Union Convention against Corruption (pdf)
 

 

Global Compact Policy Dialogue Meeting: The Role of the Private Sector in Zones of Conflict

17-18 Apr 2002
New York, US

At the first meeting of the Global Compact policy dialogue in March 2001 four working groups had been created on the issues of Revenue-Sharing, Conflict Impact Assessment and Risk Management Tools, Transparency, and Multistakeholder Partnerships. During this follow-up meeting progress made and areas of required action were identified.

Meeting Report

 

Global Compact Policy Dialogue Meeting: The Role of the Private Sector In Zones of Conflict

27-28 Sep 2001
Geneva, Switzerland

The Second Global Compact Policy Dialogue Meeting focused on the significant progress that had been made in the four key substantive areas identified in the first meeting.

Opening Remarks by UN High Commissioner on Human Rights

 

Global Compact Policy Dialogue Meeting: The Role of the Private Sector In Zones of Conflict

21 - 22 Mar 2001
New York, US

The First Policy Dialogue of the UN Global Compact on the role of the Private Sector in zones of conflict addressed a theme requested by the Global Compact participants.

  Meeting report | The Private Sector and Conflict, Andrew Mack, Harvard University | The Role of the Multinational In Promoting Regional Stability, Juliette Bennett, International Peace Forum | Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights