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NOVEMBER 2011

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Global Compact Gears Up for UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20

  • Actions Recommended for Governments to Strengthen Corporate Contribution to Sustainable Development
  • UN Secretary-General Urges Private Sector Innovation Ahead of Rio+20

2. Anti-Corruption Working Group Discusses Implementation Challenges and Opportunities
3. WindMade Reveals Certification Criteria for Clean Power Label
4. European Commission Issues New Strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility
5. Local Network Update

  • Local Network Iraq Launched
  • Local Networks in Europe Convene
  • Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean Launches Training Series
  • Brazilian Local Network Reorganizes and Prepares for Rio+20

6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Signatures: CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles
2. Call for Nominations: Business Leader’s Award to Fight Human Trafficking
3. More Opportunities: Low Carbon Leaders, Anti-Corruption Good Practices, G4 Public Comment Period

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum – New Topics Launched

EVENTS

1. 2011 Global Compact China-Japan-Korea Roundtable Conference (24 Nov, Tokyo)
2. Upcoming Webinars: Human Rights, Labour Rights, Supply Chain Sustainability, Integrated Reporting (November – December 2011, Online)

  Event Calendar

November
Local Network Regional Meeting Latin America (8 Nov, Mexico City)
Roundtable for ASEAN Business Leaders: Implementing Corporate Respect for Human Rights (10 Nov, Kuala Lumpur)
Towards Integrated Reporting: Communicating Value in the 21st Century (15 November, Online)
Local Network Regional Meeting Asia (21 Nov, Seoul)
ILO Gender Academy Training (21 Nov - 2 Dec, Turin)
2011 Global Compact China-Japan-Korea Roundtable Conference (24 November, Tokyo)
2nd PRME Asian Forum (26 Nov, Beijing)
HIV and AIDS in the Workplace (28 Nov, Online)
Introduction to the United Nations Global Compact Sustainable Supply Chains: Resources and Practices (29 Nov, Online)
Implementing Labour Principles in Global Supply Chains Training (30 Nov – 2 Dec, Turin)

December
Second Annual World Climate Summit (3-4 Dec, Durban)
Guide on How to Develop a Human Rights Policy (6 Dec, Online)
1st PRME Latin America Regional Meeting (6-7 Dec, Buenos Aires)
Climate Action Networking Event at COP17 (7 Dec, Durban)

March 2012
4th Annual Event on the Women’s Empowerment Principles (6 Mar, New York)
Dow Jones Global Compliance Symposium (27-28 Mar, Washington DC)
UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting (28-29 Mar, Vienna)

June 2012
Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation & Collaboration for the Future We Want (TBD, Rio de Janeiro)

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

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Global Compact Gears Up for UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20

  • Actions Recommended for Governments to Strengthen Corporate Contribution to Sustainable Development
    The UN Global Compact Office submitted Corporate Sustainability Leadership:  A Framework for Action at Rio+20 and Beyond as an input to the preparatory process of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) outcome document (1 November, New York). The submission calls for Governments to take steps to support corporate responsibility, arguing that with the right incentives, enabling environments and means of implementation, the private sector can make significant contributions to sustainable development. More. Read the submission. Download summary and recommendations: 中文 | English | Français | Português | Español
  • UN Secretary-General Urges Private Sector Innovation Ahead of Rio+20
    On the occasion of the first Green Growth Leaders Forum (12 October, Copenhagen) the Secretary-General encouraged Governments and the private sector to spur innovation toward sustainable energy and green growth in the lead-up to Rio+20. The Secretary-General also commended the convening countries of Global Green Growth Forum and highlighted Global Compact companies that are making progress in their sustainable energy efforts. More.

2. Anti-Corruption Working Group Discusses Implementation Challenges and Opportunities
The Global Compact Anti-Corruption Working Group convened during the Fourth Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption (23 – 25 October, Marrakesh). The three-day meeting focused on a range of anti-corruption implementation challenges and opportunities facing companies and other stakeholders, including risk assessment, sectoral approaches, public-private dialogue against corruption, and integration of anti-corruption issues into the wider corporate sustainability agenda. More

3. WindMade Reveals Certification Criteria for Clean Power Label
WindMade launched the technical standard for the first global consumer label for companies and organisations to buy wind power and other clean renewable energy (13 October, Brussels). The WindMade Standard specifies the requirements for the use of the WindMade label, which requires participating companies to source a minimum of 25 percent of their electricity consumption from wind power. The Global Compact is a founding partner of the WindMade label. MoreReview the WindMade Technical Standards.

4. European Commission Issues New Strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility
The Global Compact hailed the introduction of a new directive on corporate social responsibility for Europe, put forth by the European Commission (28 October, Brussels). In its first statement on the issue in five years, the Commission provides recommendations for companies to integrate social, environmental and ethical concerns into their core operations and strategies. More. Access the European Strategy on Corporate Social Responsibility.

5. Local Network Update

  • Local Network Iraq Launched
    UNDP and the Iraqi Council of Ministers Secretariat have launched the Global Compact Local Network Iraq (15 October, Baghdad). The event was attended by nearly 300 representatives of the Government, local and international companies, civil society representatives, donors and the UN. Attendees exchanged ideas and experiences on implementation of the Global Compact ten principles within the Iraqi economic context and explored opportunities for the private sector to best engage in the initiative. More.
  • Local Networks in Europe Convene
    Global Compact Local Networks in Europe gathered for a Regional Meeting and other related events (26-28 October, Rome). During the three days a sustainability conference entitled Public-Private Joint Efforts Towards Rio+20 was hosted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Local Network. Looking toward Rio+20 the conference specifically addressed food security and sustainable agriculture; green jobs and social inclusion; and sustainable cities. More
  • Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean Launches Training Series
    In an effort to improve implementation of Global Compact principles and Communications on Progress throughout the region, the Regional Center for the Support of the Global Compact in Latin America and the Caribbean has launched a training series (19 September, Bogota). Throughout the coming year, trainings, based on the Global Compact Management Model, will be held in each of the region’s 13 Local Networks. More.
  • Brazilian Local Network Reorganizes and Prepares for Rio+20
    The Global Compact Local Network Brazil celebrated its reconstitution with an event focused on preparations for Rio+20 (20 October, Belo Horizonte). The Network, comprised of 392 participants, has adopted a new governance structure which includes a 35-member committee and a Board of five companies. More

6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In October, 198 companies and 44 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 86 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Kyocera Corporation (Japan), Supermercados Sabeco S.A. (Spain), Swissport International Ltd. (Switzerland), Mahindra Satyam (India), China Vanke Co., Ltd. (China), Grupo Financiero Banorte S.A.B. de C.V. (Mexico), Edcon (South Africa), Astellas Pharma Inc. (Japan), JSC Samruk Energy (Kazakhstan) and Vaillant GmbH (Germany).
       
    Total figures as of 31 October:

  • Business participants: 6,438
  • Non-business participants: 2,944
  • COPs submitted: 12,978
  • Delisted business participants: 2,869

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Signatures: CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles
Ahead of the 4th Annual Women's Empowerment Principles Event (6 March 2012), the Global Compact encourages top company executives to sign the CEO Statement of Support for the Women's Empowerment Principles. By signing the Statement, corporate CEOs commit to advance gender equality and agree to use the Principles as guidance for business actions that empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. To learn how the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are inspiring change around the world, see the WEPs November 2011 Bulletin.

While the CEO Statement of Support is intended only for signature by CEOs of corporate entities, the WEPs are intended to be a practical tool for a wide range of stakeholders. Download a list of the companies that have endorsed the CEO Statement of Support for the WEPs. For more information on how to sign, please contact Lauren Gula (gulal@un.org).

2. Call for Nominations: The Business Leader's Award To Fight Human Trafficking
In partnership with the Global Compact and UN.GIFT, End Human Trafficking Now has launched a call for nominations to acknowledge the vision, creativity and contribution of business leaders in identifying, combating and preventing trafficking in persons.

Learn more about the award, eligibility criteria and access the nomination form (In English) (En Español) (En Français).

3. More Opportunities: Low Carbon Leaders, Anti-Corruption Good Practices, G4 Public Comment Period
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. Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum – New Topics Launched:: Global Compact participants are invited to provide comments and feedback on new dilemma workbooks found at the Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum. Recently launched topics, and those under consultation, include: Conflict Minerals, Access to Water, Community Relocation, Indigenous Peoples, Privacy, Health and Safety. Dilemma workbooks launched as part of the Global Compact Human Rights Solution Forum. Access the Workbooks.

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

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EVENTS

1. 2011 Global Compact China-Japan-Korea Roundtable Conference (24 Nov, Tokyo)
– OPEN INVITATION – The 3rd Global Compact China-Japan-Korea Roundtable Conference will be held under the theme of Business and Society – Striving for the Global Compact Blueprint. The conference will review current sustainability trends for supply chain and value chain management, and approaches for core businesses engagement in developing countries.

For more event details and registration information, please contact Miho Hanafusa (m.hanafusa@ungcjn.org).

2. Upcoming Webinars: Human Rights, Labour Rights, Supply Chain Sustainability, Integrated Reporting (November– December, Online)
– OPEN INVITATION – A number of webinars on a variety of topics will be convened over the next month. All Global Compact participants are encouraged to participate in these sessions:

 

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Published 11 November 2011