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NOVEMBER 2009

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NEWS & UPDATES

  1. 1,000 Companies Delisted by Global Compact Since 2008
  2. First Meeting of Regional Global Compact Hubs, New Center Launched in Latin America
  3. Secretary-General Stresses Role of Green Practices in Remarks to Seattle Business Community
  4. Global Economic Ethic Manifesto Launched at UN Headquarters
  5. Collaboration Enhanced between Global Compact and OECD
  6. Local Network Launched in Belgium
  7. 2009 Global Compact Implementation Survey: Open 12 November – 4 December
  8. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Climate Action Campaigns: Seal the Deal! and The Copenhagen Communiqué
  2. Contribute Examples for Human Rights Dilemma Workbooks
  3. More Opportunities: Provide examples on fighting corruption in the supply chain, submit human rights good practices, and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

  1. Meeting Report - Leadership Forum on Climate Change

EVENTS

  1. Webinar Invitation: An Introduction to Business and Human Rights (10 December)


November
OECD-ESCAP Regional Conference on Corporate Responsibility (2-3 Nov, Bangkok)
Training Sessions on Human Rights, Adaptation to Climate Change (4-5 Nov, Berlin)
Business and Human Rights Roundtable (5-6 Nov, New Delhi)
Anti-Corruption Meetings in Doha:

  • Meeting of the Global Compact Anti-Corruption Working Group (5-6 Nov, Doha)
  • Strength in Unity: Public-Private Partnerships to Fight Corruption (7-8 Nov, Doha)
  • 3rd Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (9–13 Nov, Doha)

China-Japan-Korea Global Compact Local Networks Roundtable (12-13 Nov, Seoul)

December
An Introduction to Business and Human Rights (10 December, Webinar)
Business Side-Event at United Nations Climate Conference COP15 Conference (12 Dec, Copenhagen)

January 2010
African Private Sector Forum (21-22 Jan, Addis Ababa)

April 2010
B4E Business for Environment Global Summit 2010 (22–23 April, Seoul)

June 2010

2010 Global Compact Leaders Summit (24–25 June 2010, New York)


Please visit the
Event Calendar on our website to learn more about the listed events, including intended audience and availability.

 

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. 1,000 Companies Delisted by Global Compact Since 2008
The number of companies delisted since 2008 for failure to meet the Global Compact’s mandatory annual reporting requirement, known as the Communication on Progress (COP) policy, has passed 1,000. At the same time, the Global Compact website hosts over 6,000 COPs, and expects corporate disclosure of policies and practices to become more common, as companies joining the Global Compact increasingly enter with a better understanding of the critical value of reporting on environmental, social and governance performance. More. COP Policy. Download full listing of the 1,004 companies delisted as of 6 October.


2. First Meeting of Regional Global Compact Hubs, New Center Launched in Latin America
For the first time, Global Compact Regional Support Hubs gathered (6 October, Barcelona) to discuss coordination and collaboration. At the meeting representatives from the Asia and Latin America hubs, as well as the Barcelona Center for the Support of the Global Compact, provided updates on activities, outlined planned work and identified opportunities to improve coordination. The group agreed to pool their resources and collaborate on the development of a training package for Global Compact Local Networks. More.

The Regional Center for the Support of the Global Compact in Latin America and the Caribbean was launched (29 October, Bogotá) at an event that drew participation from the private and public sectors throughout the region. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe delivered the opening address, remarking on the importance of integration in the region. More.


3. Secretary-General Stresses Role of Green Practices in Remarks to Seattle Business Community
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with leading business executives in Seattle, USA, (26 October) encouraging them to continue to advance environmental sustainability through initiatives such as the Global Compact. During the luncheon, business executives from a number of companies shared their perspectives on the importance of sustainability. The Secretary-General was visiting Seattle as part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness in US cities of United Nations priorities, including climate change. More


4. Global Economic Ethic Manifesto Launched at UN Headquarters
A new manifesto, “Global Economic Ethic – Consequences for Global Businesses”, was launched during a business ethics symposium at UN Headquarters (6 October, New York). The document lays out a “common fundamental vision of what is legitimate, just and fair” in economic activities. The manifesto will be open for signature by individuals globally, with signatories committing to “ being led by its letter and its spirit in their day-to-day economic decisions, actions and general behavior”. More. Download Global Economic Ethic Manifesto.


5. Collaborations Enhanced between Global Compact and OECD
The Global Compact and the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (“ OECD”) have enhanced their cooperation, most notably in countries that have both Global Compact Local Networks and National Contact Points (“NCPs”) on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Local Network Focal Points have been encouraged to seek advice and guidance from NCPs, particularly regarding follow-up procedures for OECD Guidelines implementation. More.


6. Local Network Launched in Belgium
A Global Compact Local Network was launched (15 October, Brussels) at an event organized by a task force consisting of Belgian Global Compact participants and Government representatives. With approximately 150 people attending, presentations were delivered by business and intergovernmental representatives and next steps for formalizing the network were discussed. More.


7. 2009 Global Compact Implementation Survey: Open 12 November – 4 December
The Global Compact will conduct its 3rd annual survey of business participants from 12 November – 4 December. All Global Compact business participants will be sent a questionnaire via email that helps assess their implementation of the Global Compact Principles, as well as engagement in partnerships, local networks and communications on progress (COP). Results from the survey will be presented in the 2009 Annual Review which will be launched at the 2010 Global Compact Leaders Summit.

All business participants are encouraged to complete and submit the survey. The survey will remain open until 4 December, 2009. If you have any questions please contact Carrie Hall hallc@un.org or Sean Cruse cruse@un.org


8. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In October, 80 companies and 37 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 206 Communications on Progress (COPs) were received, and 35 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress.

The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: SINOCHEM Group (China), DSV A/S (Denmark), Coca-Cola Icecek (Turkey), Svenska Handelsbanken AB (Sweden) and Lindab International AB (Sweden).

Total figures as of 31 October:

  • Business participants: 5,169
  • Non-business participants: 1,929
  • COPs received: 6,551
  • Delisted business participants: 1025

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunities are intended for Global Compact stakeholders unless otherwise indicated.

1. Climate Action Campaigns: Seal the Deal! and The Copenhagen Communiqué
Seal the Deal! aims to galvanize political will and public support for reaching a comprehensive global climate agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Companies are asked to: 1) Develop a short CEO testimonial on why we must Seal the Deal!, 2) Raise public awareness through marketing channels and 3) Responsibly lobby government. More on Seal the Deal!

The Copenhagen Communiqué (organized by The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change) outlines the desired shape and supporting elements of a global climate agreement and has so far been signed by over 500 global executives. Download. Sign the Communiqué


2. Contribute Examples for Human Rights Dilemma Workbooks
The Human Rights Dilemmas Forum is a web-based forum to address and discuss dilemmas confronting business in their efforts to respect and support human rights. As part of the Forum, interactive workbooks are developed, with forthcoming workbooks on: freedom of association and collective bargaining; migrant workers; equality and gender; child labour; and security forces and human rights. Access the Human Rights Dilemmas Forum.

Companies are encouraged to contribute examples on the above topics. To indicate interest, please email: solutionsforum@maplecroft.com.


3. More Opportunities: Provide examples on fighting corruption in the supply chain, submit human rights good practices, and more
Many of the engagement opportunities announced in past issues of the Bulletin are still active.  View the full list of Engagement Opportunities

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FEATURED RESOURCES

1. UN Leadership Forum on Climate Change – Meeting Report: Summarizes the proceedings of the private sector event held in conjunction with the UN Secretary-General’s Summit on Climate Change (22 September, New York). At the Forum, chief executives and civil society leaders met with Heads of State and Government to convey a clear message on the need for a global climate agreement. Download.

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EVENTS

1. Webinar Invitation: An Introduction to Business and Human Rights (10 December)
This web-enabled teleconference – taking place on Human Rights Day – will provide an overview of business and human rights with a particular focus on Global Compact Principles 1 and 2. The webinar is the first in a series that will highlight the range of tools and resources available to support such efforts by business.

Company representatives and other interested persons should contact Lauren Gula (gulal@un.org) by 20 November to register for the event.


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Published 9 November 2009