The Global Compact was launched in India at a high-level meeting of Business Leaders in Mumbai on 4 December, 2000 and over 100 leading organizations from India have joined the initiative to date. During the initial phase of GC development in India, participants met in informal Networks both in Mumbai and in New Delhi. However, participants felt that an institutional framework was needed for organizations to exchange experiences and engage in joint activities to implement the Global Compact principles.
In November, 2003 the Global Compact Society (GCS) was formed and registered in New Delhi as an all India forum for organizations participating in the UN Global Compact. Thus far, 41 Indian organizations from public and private sector companies, professional bodies and institutions have joined the Society as founding members and a Governing Committee has been established.
In September, 2007 the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Global Compact Office
entered into a Memorandum of Understanding whereby the CII formally strengthened its commitment to
advancing the principles of the UN Global Compact – both in India and around the world. CII
further pledged to build the capacity of corporations operating in India and around the world to
implement the principles of the Global Compact within their business operations, and to leverage
the delivery capacity of the Global Compact through the organization’s “ Centres of Excellence”.
The main objective of the the Global Compact Society is to provide a forum for Indian companies
and organizations to exchange experiences, network and work together on activities related to
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Global Compact. The GCS undertakes a number of
activities to create awareness and to assist GC participants in India to internalize the UN Global
Compact ten principles. The GCS also facilitates projects/activities among participants and
conducts training sessions to ensure participants fulfill the Global Compact’s annual “
Communication on Progress” (COP) requirement.
Network Contact Person
Mr. Pooran Pandey
Dr. Uddesh Kohli
Participation in the Global Compact does not necessarily reflect participation in the Global Compact Local Network.
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Accepted on 6 December, 2013