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UN GLOBAL COMPACT BULLETIN

JULY 2011

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Secretary-General Stresses Role of Business in Advancing Sustainability, Calls for a Private Sector Track at Rio+20
2. UN Human Rights Council Adopts Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
3. Local Network Updates

  • Pakistani Executives Discuss Business Contribution to Peace and Stability
  • Local Network Mexico Relaunched

4. New Head Appointed to Business Action for Sustainable Development
5. Management Schools Called on to Align Activities with Sustainable Development
6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
 

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Children’s Rights and Business Principles: Consultation Process Ends 15 July
2. Low-Carbon Leaders Project: Call for Submissions and Feedback
3. More Opportunities: Integrated Reporting, Fighting Corruption

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Global Compact Week — Summary Report
2. Adapting for a Green Economy — Companies, Communities and Climate Change
3. A Guide for Business — How to Develop a Human Rights Policy
4. Business & Human Rights Special Supplement

EVENTS

1. Young People and the Private Sector: Working Together for Youth Development (27 Jul, New York)
2. COP Webinars

  • Introduction to the Communication on Progress (29 Jul, 10am – 11am, Online)
  • COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (9 Aug, 9:30pm – 10:30pm, Online)
     

  Event Calendar

July
Introduction to the Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Spotlight on Community Relocation (21 Jul, Online)
1st Australia/New Zealand PRME Forum (22 Jul, Sydney)
Introduction to the Communication on Progress (29 Jul, Online)

August
COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (9 Aug, Online)

September
UN Private Sector Forum: Access to Sustainable Energy for All (20 Sep, New York)

October
1st PRME Middle East/North Africa Forum (2-3 Oct, Cairo)

November
2nd PRME Asia Forum (19 Nov, Beijing)

December
1st Latin America PRME Forum (6-7 Dec, Buenos Aires)


Please visit the Event Calendar on our website to learn more about the listed events.


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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Secretary-General Stresses Role of Business in Advancing Sustainability, Calls for a Private Sector Track at Rio+20
Addressing the Global Compact Board at its meeting at UN Headquarters (21 June, New York), the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for more companies to join the initiative. He noted that the current number of participants is just a fraction of the estimated 70,000 multinationals and millions of small businesses. “Reaching a critical mass will be essential if we are to help retool markets and economies towards sustainability,” the Secretary-General added. More. Read the Secretary-General’s Remarks.

Acknowledging the critical role of business in addressing global development challenges, the Secretary-General called for a strong private sector track at next year’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The Secretary-General’s message, delivered at a luncheon of Global Compact Board members and representatives of UN Member States, was supported by several Government representatives, including Brazil, Costa Rica, Turkey the United Kingdom and the Untied States. More. Read the Secretary-General’s Remarks.

2. UN Human Rights Council Adopts Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted the new Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, designed to provide for the first time a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity (17 June, Geneva). The Guiding Principles are the product of six years of research led by Professor John Ruggie from Harvard University, involving governments, companies, business associations, civil society, affected individuals and groups, investors and others around the world. More.  

3. Local Network News and Updates:

  • Pakistani Executives Discuss Business Contribution to Peace and Stability
    Pakistani Executives Discuss Business Contribution to Peace and Stability
    More than 200 business executives, civil society and labour leaders attended the National Conference on Peace through Business (15 June, Karachi) to identify practical steps business can take to contribute to peace. Participants at the meeting stressed the strong link between business and peace, and recognized the need to nurture social enterprise, advance good governance and promote commerce with neighbouring countries. More
  • Local Network Mexico Relaunched
    First launched in 2005 the network is transitioning from a UN-led to a business-led entity (28 June, Mexico City). The Mexican Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, called on companies to join the Global Compact and lead the movement towards greater corporate sustainability in Mexico. More

4. New Head Appointed by Business Action for Sustainable Development
Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012 (BASD) announced S. Gopalakrishnan as its new chair (28 June, Geneva/Paris/New York). Mr. Gopalakrishnan is the CEO and Managing Director of Infosys. As BASD chair, Mr. Gopalakrishnan will coordinate BASD member activities in preparation for Rio+20 and officially represent BASD in the UN negotiation process and related events leading up to the conference. More

5. Management Schools Called on to Align Activities with Sustainable Development
The PRME Summit (8 June, Brussels) convened more than 220 deans and faculty of leading academic management schools and departments worldwide. Panelists and participants showcased the progress of management education institutions in aligning curriculum and research with responsible management practices. More.

6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In June, 140 companies and 39 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 79 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: SNCB (Belgium), Shanghai Qiangsheng Tourism Company (China), Redcats (France), Saab AB (Sweden) and Compania Minera Dona Ines de Collahuasi (Chile).
       
    Total figures as of 30 June:

  • Business participants: 6,245
  • Non-business participants: 2,761
  • COPs accepted: 11,768
  • Delisted business participants: 2,470

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Children’s Rights and Business Principles: Consultation Process Ends 15 July
UNICEF, Save the Children and the Global Compact invite businesses to take an active role in developing a global set of business principles on children’s rights by offering their insight. A final version of the Principles will be developed based on the consultation input, and launched in November 2011.

To participate in the consultation process, visit the Online Consultation Portal before 15 July. For more information visit the Children’s Rights and Business Principles website or contact Anita Househam (childrensprinciples@unglobalcompact.org). 

2. Low-Carbon Leaders Project: Call for Submissions and Feedback
The Low-Carbon Leaders Project (LCLP), a collaboration between Caring for Climate and the World Wildlife Fund, is an open source, multi-media platform aimed at capturing and sharing transformative low-carbon solutions. LCLP has issued twelve illustrative cases and toolkits for calculating the impacts of energy efficient solutions; additionally LCLP has collected over 100 low-carbon solutions estimated to help avoid over 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

LCLP encourages Caring for Climate signatories to submit, rate and comment on low-carbon solutions. For more information and to access the mobile application to rate these solutions, please visit the LCLP website.

3. More Opportunities: Integrated Reporting, Fighting Corruption
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. Global Compact Week — Summary Report: Reviews the inaugural Global Compact Week, held on 16-20 May 2011 in Copenhagen. The week featured (i) issue-specific meetings and workshops, (ii) the Annual Local Network Forum, and (iii) the first Global Compact Annual Meeting. Download

2. Adapting for a Green Economy — Companies, Communities and Climate Change: Shows that Climate adaptation offers competitive advantages to businesses worldwide. The study, based on a survey of global businesses, suggests actions that companies and policymakers can pursue to catalyze and scale up private sector engagement. Download.

3. A Guide for Business — How to Develop a Human Rights Policy: Guides businesses on how to develop and implement a human rights policy within their companies. Download.

4. Business & Human Rights Special Supplement: Provides a focused update on news, engagement opportunities, featured resources and events specific to human rights and business. The supplement was developed by the Human Right Working Group. Download.

Please visit the Tools and Resources webpage to access all material issued by the Global Compact.

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EVENTS

1. Young People and the Private Sector: Working Together for Youth Development (27 Jul, New York)
INVITATION ONLY – On the occasion of the High‐Level Meeting on Youth in New York, the US Mission and the ILO will welcome guests and highlight key issues relevant to youth employment and the importance of private sector engagement, followed by a breakfast and networking opportunity.

For more information about the event, view background note, or contact Kevin Cassidy (cassidy@ilo.org)

2. COP Webinars

  • Introduction to the Communication on Progress (29 Jul, 10am – 11am, Online)
    – OPEN TO GLOBAL COMPACT BUSINESS PARTICIPANTS – Attendees will receive an introduction to the COP policy and the minimum COP requirements. The recently launched Differentiation Programme and different levels for COP submission will also be discussed. The webinar will primarily benefit Global Compact participants that have never submitted a COP and those that have been placed in the Learner Platform due to their last COP submission.

    Registration will open soon. More information
  • COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (9 Aug, 9:30pm – 10:30pm, Online)
    – OPEN TO GLOBAL COMPACT BUSINESS PARTICIPANTS – This webinar will give an overview of recent updates to the COP Policy and introduce the recently launched Differentiation Programme, with a special emphasis on the GC Advanced level. The webinar will cover the requirements for GC Advanced qualification and introduce the 24 criteria.  

    Registration will open soon. More information.

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Published 8 July 2011