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UN GLOBAL COMPACT BULLETIN

SEPTEMBER 2011

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Children’s Rights and Business Principles Consultation Period Ends
2. CEO Water Mandate Convenes at World Water Week
3. Launch of Local Network Ecuador
4. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Seeking Examples of Anti-Corruption Efforts in Action
2. More Opportunities: Women’s Empowerment Principles, Integrated Reporting

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. UN Global Compact Management Model
2. RESIST – Resisting Extortion and Solicitation in International Transactions
3. Third Meeting of Caring for Climate Signatories – Meeting Report

EVENTS

1. COP Webinars

  • COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (13 Sep, 10am – 11am EDT, Online)
  • Introduction to the Communication on Progress (Two dates: 22 Sep, 10am – 11am EDT and 5 Oct, 9.30am – 10.30am CST -Beijing time- Online)

2. Anti-Corruption Policy Dialogue & Collective Action Workshop: Learning, Dialogue & Action (27-29 Sep, Johannesburg)

  Event Calendar

September
International Meeting on Education and Sustainability (13-14 Sep, Curitiba)
COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (13 Sep, Online)
UN Private Sector Forum: Sustainable Energy for All (20 Sep, New York)
Introduction to the Communication on Progress (22 Sep, Online)
Anti-Corruption Policy Dialogue & Collective Action Workshop: Learning, Dialogue & Action (27-29 Sep, Johannesburg)

October
1st PRME Middle East/North Africa Forum (2-3 Oct, Cairo)
4th Supply Chain Sustainability Advisory Group Meeting (4 Oct, London)
Introduction to the Communication on Progress (5 Oct, Online)
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 Regional Meeting (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. Children’s Rights and Business Principles Consultation Period Ends
A three-month consultation period has concluded for the Children’s Rights and Business Principles Initiative (2 August, New York). More than 600 business leaders, civil society representatives and children participated in face-to-face or online consultations to comment on a set of draft principles which will set standards for child-friendly businesses everywhere. The Principles – developed by the Global Compact, UNICEF and Save the Children – will be launched on 14 November 2011, following a revision process that incorporates the results of the consultations. More.

2. CEO Water Mandate Convenes at World Water Week
The CEO Water Mandate convened its biannual working conference (26 August, Stockholm), held as part of 2011 World Water Week. Drawing approximately 100 experts and practitioners from business, finance, civil society, government, the UN, and other interests, the conference focused on "Measuring and Disclosing Water Stewardship Practice" and "Business and the Human Right to Water and Sanitation". More.   

3. Local Launch of Local Network Ecuador
The Global Compact Local Network Ecuador launched during the “First Quito Forum: Responsible Cities and Organizations” (26 July, Quito). During the event, forty Ecuadorian companies and organizations committed to the ten principles of the Global Compact. The Ecuadorian Consortium for Social Responsibility will serve as the Focal Point for the Ecuador Network. More.

4. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In August, 106 companies and 81 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 91 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Teleperformance S.A. (France), Mercadona S.A. (Spain), Leoni AG (Germany), Gold HongYe Paper Group Co., Ltd. (China), Groupe SNEF (France), Procesadora Nacional de Alimentos C.A. (PRONACA) (Ecuador), Hainan Jinhai Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. (China), Gold East Paper (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd (China), Banco Pichincha C.A. (Ecuador) and Guangdong Jinli Electrical Appliance Co., Ltd. (China).
       
    Total figures as of 31 August:

  • Business participants: 6,269
  • Non-business participants: 2,860
  • COPs submitted: 12,361
  • Delisted business participants: 2,697

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. 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.

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

3. More Opportunities: Women’s Empowerment Principles, Integrated Reporting
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 Global Compact Management Model: Guides companies through the process of formally committing to, assessing, defining, implementing, measuring, and communicating a corporate sustainability strategy based on the Global Compact and its principles. The resource has been translated into Spanish by the Local Network Mexico, with the support of Deloitte Mexico and the Latin America Regional Centre. Download: English | Español

2. RESIST – Resisting Extortion and Solicitation in International Transactions: Provides a scenario-based tool for employee training on resisting extortion and solicitation in international transactions. The resource is available in multiple languages: English | Español | Français

3. Third Meeting of Caring for Climate Signatories – Meeting Report: Summarizes the proceedings of the meeting (17 May, Copenhagen) which brought together over 100 senior representatives from business, civil society, Government and the UN to discuss ways to scale-up and intensify the business contribution towards the sustainable development objectives of UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Download.

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

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EVENTS

1. COP Webinars

  • COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (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
  • Introduction to the Communication on Progress (Two dates: 22 Sep, 10am – 11am EDT and 5 Oct, 9.30am – 10.30am, Beijing time, 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: (22 September) (5 October)

2. Anti-Corruption Policy Dialogue & Collective Action Workshop: Learning, Dialogue & Action (27-29 Sep, Johannesburg)
– OPEN TO GLOBAL COMPACT BUSINESS PARTICIPANTS – The three-day event aims to identify areas where business-led collective action can effectively address corruption and enhance the business commitment to fighting corruption. The event is comprised of: a one-day Global Compact Management Model Training with focus on anti-corruption, a one-day Anti-Corruption Workshop to identify areas where business can engage collectively to address corruption in South Africa, and a one-day Local Network Regional Meeting (open to network focal points only).

For questions and to register please contact: Christine Weinreich (weinreich@un.org) for Management Model Training; Da Woon Chung (chungd@un.org) for Anti-Corruption Workshop; and Adenike Olaniyan (olaniyan@un.org) for Local Network Regional Meeting.

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Published 6 September 2011