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UN GLOBAL COMPACT BULLETIN

AUGUST 2011

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Special Appeal: Support Relief Efforts in the Horn of Africa
2. PRME Regional Meeting Held in Australia
3. Local Network Update

  • Local Network Spain Issues Reporting Software that References GRI Guidelines
  • Outreach Event in Mongolia Increases Number of Local Signatories

4. Leveraging Inclusive Business Models to Advance Progress Towards the MDGs
5. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. IIRC Integrated Reporting Pilot Programme
2. Seeking Examples of Anti-Corruption Efforts in Action
3. More Opportunities: Low-Carbon Leaders, Human Rights Dilemmas Forum

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Global Compact International Yearbook
2. 4th Conference on the Least Developed Countries – Private Sector Track Summary Report
3. Global Compact Board Meeting Report
4. The Labour Principles of the United Nations Global Compact – A Guide for Business

EVENTS

1. COP Webinars

  • Introduction to the Communication on Progress (24 Aug, 10am – 11am EDT, Online).
  • COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (Two dates: 9 Aug, 9.30 pm – 10.30 pm EDT and 13 Sep, 10am – 11am EDT, Online)

2. Local Network Regional Meeting Africa/MENA (27-28 Sep, Johannesburg)

  Event Calendar

August
COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (9 Aug, Online)
Introduction to the Communication on Progress (24 Aug, Online)

September
COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (13 Sep, Online)
UN Private Sector Forum: Sustainable Energy for All (20 Sep, New York)
Local Network Regional Meeting Africa/MENA (28 Sep, Johannesburg)

October
1st PRME Middle East/North Africa Forum (2-3 Oct, Cairo)
Local Network Regional Meeting Europe (28 Oct, Rome)

November
Local Network Regional Meeting Latin America (8 Nov, Mexico City)
2nd PRME Asia Forum (19 Nov, Beijing)
Local Network Regional Meeting Asia and Oceania (21 Nov, Seoul)

December
1st PRME Latin America 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. Special Appeal: Support Relief Efforts in the Horn of Africa
The countries of the Horn of Africa, including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, are experiencing the gravest food crisis in the world today and the situation continues to deteriorate. The UN has already declared a state of famine in five regions in Somalia, with others on the brink. Across the Horn of Africa, at least 12.4 million people are affected and in urgent need of assistance.

The UN and its partners anticipate dealing with this crisis for at least the next six months. Humanitarian organisations are stepping up life-saving assistance to affected people, but far more funding is required in order to do this in a timely and effective manner. There is a desperate need for food assistance, nutrition interventions, temporary shelter for refugees and the displaced, health services, clean drinking water and sanitation to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Learn More. Donate Now.

2. PRME Regional Meeting Held in Australia
Hosted by the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales and co-organized by Griffith Business School, the Global Compact Local Network Australia and the PRME Secretariat, the first Australia/New Zealand PRME Forum (22 July, Sydney) brought together nearly 80 deans and faculty from PRME participants across the region. The forum provided a platform for collaboration and partnerships, exchange of good practices and experiences in embedding PRME, and discussion of the operational capacities needed to advocate for PRME and the Global Compact. More.   

3. Local Network News and Updates:

  • Local Network Spain Issues Reporting Software that References GRI Guidelines
    The Spanish Communication on Progress (COP) software tool now references GRI’s G3 and G3.1 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, and outlines what companies need to report in order to reach GRI Application Level C. All Spanish COP reporters using the software will be required to add a GRI Content Index to their COP, ensuring that their submission can also be recognized as a GRI report. GRI’s Application Level C template can also be accepted as a COP when a ‘continuous statement of support for the Global Compact’ is added. To learn more contact Noelia García Ayuela (comunicacion@pactomundial.org).
  • Outreach Event in Mongolia Increases Number of Local Signatories
    TOP-100 was organized by the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the Government of Mongolia (1 April, Ulaanbaatar). During the event, the Mongolian Local Network hosted a signatory ceremony for the Global Compact where over 120 new signatories from the business sector committed to implement the ten principles into their business practices. To learn more contact Zolboot Tumur-Ukhna (zolboot@mongolchamber.mn).

4. Leveraging Inclusive Business Models to Advance Progress Towards the MDGs
Business Call to Action, the International Business Leaders Forum, Indonesia Global Compact Network and Indonesia Business Links convened an international conference Accelerating Progress Towards Millennium Development Goals Through Inclusive Business (21 June, Jakarta). Issues discussed included the barriers to implementing and expanding inclusive business models, as well as potential solutions. In addition the importance of effective partnerships was highlighted. To learn more contact Budi Hartono (budi.igcn@gmail.com).

5. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In July, 153 companies and 20 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 134 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: TE Connectivity (Switzerland), Zurich Financial Services Ltd. (Switzerland), Votorantim Industrial S/A (Brazil), Almacenes Exito S.A (Colombia), Alsea S.A.B. de C.V. (Mexico), Lanxess AG (Germany), Alitalia - Compagnia Aerea Italiana Spa (Italy), Hospital Albert Einstein (Brazil), Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation (Dominican Republic) and CCR S.A. (Brazil).
       
    Total figures as of 31 July:

  • Business participants: 6,263
  • Non-business participants: 2,781
  • COPs accepted: 12,098
  • Delisted business participants: 2,602

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. IIRC Integrated Reporting Pilot Programme
Integrated Reporting demonstrates the linkages between an organization’s strategy, governance and financial performance and the social, environmental and economic context within which it operates. By reinforcing these connections, Integrated Reporting can help business to take more sustainable decisions and enable investors and other stakeholders to understand how an organization is performing. By addressing the material issues for an organization, an Integrated Report should demonstrate in a clear and concise manner an organization’s ability to create and sustain value in the short, medium and longer term.

The International Integrated Reporting Committee is looking for leaders in the field of corporate reporting to pilot the draft International Integrated Reporting Framework. More information on the pilot programme. To indicate interest in participating, please contact Jerome Lavigne-Delville (lavigne@un.org).

2. Seeking Examples of Anti-Corruption Efforts in Action
Global Compact business participants are invited to submit examples that illustrate their efforts to address corruption challenges. These examples will be considered for inclusion in an upcoming Global Compact publication (early 2012). We are seeking innovative examples in the following areas (examples need not be limited to these issues): anti-corruption policies, supply chain engagement, anti-corruption training for employees, anti-corruption collective action, anti-corruption public-private dialogue and anti-corruption policy advocacy.

Examples and questions may be sent to Olajobi Makinwa (makinwa@un.org) or Donna Chung (chungd@un.org).

3. More Opportunities: Low-Carbon Leaders, Human Rights Dilemmas Forum
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 International Yearbook: Spotlights corporate sustainability through entrepreneurial commitments and case studies by corporate participants. Developed by Macondo Group, the yearbook includes essays authored by international experts and thought leaders. Available for purchase

2. 4th Conference on the Least Developed Countries – Private Sector Track Summary Report: Provides an overview of the proceedings of the Private Sector Track of the 4th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries. The conference provided an important opportunity to elevate the role of private sector investment in the LDCs, as well as mobilize business engagement towards development objectives. Download.

3. Global Compact Board Meeting Report: Reviews the proceedings of the most recent meeting of the Global Compact Board, held 21 June 2011. Download.

4. The Labour Principles of the United Nations Global Compact – A Guide for Business: Increases the understanding of the four Global Compact labour principles (Principles 3, 4, 5, and 6) as well as providing an inventory of key resources to help integrate these principles into business operations. The resource is available in multiple languages: لعربية | English | Español | Français | Русский

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

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EVENTS

1. COP Webinars

  • Introduction to the Communication on Progress (24 Aug, 10am – 11am EDT, 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. Click here to register
  • COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (Two dates: 9 Aug, 9.30 pm – 10.30 pm EDT and 13 Sep, 10am – 11am EDT, 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. Click here to register: (9 August)  (13 September)

2. Local Network Regional Meeting Africa/MENA (27-28 Sep, Johannesburg)
– OPEN TO GLOBAL COMPACT BUSINESS PARTICIPANTS AND LOCAL NETWORK REPRESENTATIVES WITH OPERATIONS IN AFRICA AND MENA – Global Compact Local Network Focal Points from Africa and MENA will meet to discuss implementation of the Global Compact in the region. The meeting will include training on the Global Compact Management Model. The training will have a special focus on implementing and communicating on Anti-Corruption issues.

Registration will open soon. Please contact Adenike Olaniyan (olaniyan@un.org) if you have questions regarding the Regional Meeting. Please contact Christine Weinreich (weinreich@un.org), if you have questions regarding the Management Model training.
 

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Published 4 August 2011