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APRIL 2012

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Children’s Rights and Business Principles Launched
2. Secretary-General Addresses the Role of Empowering Women in Achieving Sustainable Development
3. Investors Call on Companies to Improve Sustainability Reporting
4. CEO Water Mandate Convenes During World Water Forum
5. Anti-Corruption Activities

  • Collective Action Project Launched in Egypt
  • Stakeholders Reaffirm Commitment to Ethical Business Practices

6. Declaration of Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions
7. UN Partnership Facility Concept Refined by Global Compact LEAD Task Force
8. Accelerating UN-Business Partnerships Discussed by Private Sector Focal Points
9. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Sustainia: Call for Top 100 Sustainable Solutions
2. Seeking Company Examples: Biodiversity, Food Security & Sustainable Agriculture, Social Enterprise & Impact Investing
3. Business Leader's Award to Fight Human Trafficking
4. More Opportunities: Submit Examples of Sustainable Supply Chain Management and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum Bulletin
2. Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum

EVENT INVITATIONS

1. Child Labour Platform/Labour Working Group Meeting (17 Apr, Geneva)
2. Upcoming Webinars: Human Rights, Water, COP Differentiation, Conflict Minerals, ILO-IFC Better Work Programme (April – May 2012, Online)
3. Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation & Collaboration for the Future We Want (15-18 Jun, Rio de Janeiro)

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Children’s Rights and Business Principles Launched
UNICEF, the Global Compact and Save the Children introduced the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (12 March, London). Covering a wide range of key issues the ten principles call on businesses everywhere to uphold children’s rights through their policy commitments, due diligence and remediation measures, and to take action to advance children’s rights. More. Download the Children's Rights and Business Principles: لعربية  | 中文 | English | Français | Português | Русский | Español

2. Secretary-General Addresses the Role of Empowering Women in Achieving Sustainable Development
Addressing participants at the 4th Annual Equality Means Business Event (6 March, New York), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women affirmed the recognition by business that women’s economic empowerment and equality are essential drivers for success, expanding economies worldwide and ensuring sustainable development.

To date, over four hundred chief executives worldwide have publicly declared their commitment to implementing the Women’s Empowerment Principles – a joint Global Compact – UN Women framework for empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community. More. Read the Secretary-General’s Remarks. Download the Women’s Empowerment Principles: لعربية  | 中文 | English | Français | Deutsch | 日本語 | Português | Русский | Español

3. Investors Call on Companies to Improve Sustainability Reporting
A coalition of global investors from 12 countries managing over US $3 trillion of assets called for better corporate reporting on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) activities (15 March, London). The coalition of investors, all signatories to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, wrote to 118 Global Compact companies to either: welcome advanced-level reporting (i.e. leaders), or, conversely, challenge non-communicating companies to regain full participant status. More. A full list of this year’s leaders.

4. CEO Water Mandate Convenes During World Water Forum
The CEO Water Mandate convened a number of dialogues during the 6th World Water Forum (11-13 March, Marseille). The workshops focused on the development of a global Water Action Hub that will assist companies in identifying potential partners, guidance on collective action related to water, water and human rights, and corporate water disclosure. More.

5. Anti-Corruption Activities

  • Collective Action Project Launched in Egypt
    A multi-year initiative was launched which aims to promote collective action as a mechanism to address corruption risks affecting businesses in Egypt (27 March, Cairo). This joint project of the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB) and the Global Compact involves the Ministry of Administrative Development and the Ministry of Trade and Industry to enhance the transparency of their tendering and procurement processes. More.
  • Stakeholders Reaffirm Commitment to Ethical Business Practices
    The Nigerian Economic Summit Group, in conjunction with the Global Compact and the Siemens Integrity Initiative, held a two-day National Stakeholders Workshop (23 March, Abuja). The workshop represented an integral step in the development of a broad coalition of stakeholders with the commitment to fighting corruption in Nigeria. Themes addressed during the workshop included breaking complicity in corruption; effective enforcement of anti-corruption laws; and non-legal sanctions mechanisms. More.

6. Declaration of Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions
The Secretariat of the Principles for Responsible Management Education and the Global Compact launched a call for institutions of higher education to sign a declaration of Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions. To be launched in conjunction with the 3rd Global Forum for Responsible Management Education and the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum, the declaration is a public re-commitment of the activities that educational institutions agree to take in line with their participation in PRME and the Global Compact. More.

7. UN Partnership Facility Concept Refined by Global Compact LEAD Task Force
The LEAD Task Force on UN-Business Partnerships met to refine the purpose and vision for the UN Partnership Facility – to be announced at Rio+20. During the session, working groups convened to discuss specific functions and capabilities of the UN Partnership Facility, including: matchmaking and incubating new projects; capacity building design and delivery; enhancing accountability and integrity; and an accelerating and scaling platform. The LEAD Task Force provided clarity and insight into which capabilities and service levels are most relevant for UN-business partnerships. More.

8. Accelerating UN-Business Partnerships Discussed by Private Sector Focal Points
Representatives from UN agencies, private sector companies and NGOs gathered for the annual UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting (Vienna, 29 March). Discussions focused on “Accelerating UN-Business Partnerships”, recognizing the important role that the private sector plays in the realization of internationally-agreed goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). More.

6. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In March, 144 companies and 45 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 106 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentacion S.A. (Spain), Piepenbrock Unternehmensgruppe GmbH + Co. KG (Germany), Isbank (Turkey), KGL Holding (Kuwait), KT&G (Korea), Empresas AquaChile S.A. (Chile), Vodafone Espana, S.A.U. (Spain) and PTT Public Company Limited (Thailand).
       
Total figures as of 31 March:

  • Business participants: 6,930
  • Non-business participants: 3,203
  • COPs submitted: 14,756
  • Delisted business participants: 3,295

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Sustainia: Call for Top 100 Sustainable Solutions
Sustainia is gathering the top 100 solutions that help build a desirable and realistic sustainable society. These solutions – the Sustainia100 – will be delivered to decision-makers during Rio+20 to inspire discussions. The solutions will also be registered as nominees for the Sustainia Award. The Award is part of an initiative to develop the world’s first realistic model of a sustainable world in 2020 – and identify the companies and persons who can make it real.

The vision of Sustainia is presented in the book “Guide to Sustainia”, which was developed by Scandinavian think tank Monday Morning in a collaborative effort with 20 global companies and experts. Sustainia invites corporations, organizations and engaged individuals to present their sustainable ideas and solutions at sustainia.me until 20 April.

2. Seeking Company Examples: Biodiversity, Food Security & Sustainable Agriculture, Social Enterprise & Impact Investing
Global Compact business participants are invited to submit examples that illustrate their efforts, best practices and solutions – individually and in collaboration with other stakeholders – to address sustainability challenges. We are seeking innovative examples in the following areas:

These examples will be considered for inclusion in future Global Compact materials.

3. Nominations for the Business Leader's Award To Fight Human Trafficking
In partnership with the Global Compact and UN.GIFT, End Human Trafficking Now has called for nominations to acknowledge the vision, creativity and contribution of business leaders in identifying, combating and preventing trafficking in persons. The deadline for nominations has been extended to 30 June 2012. Download flyer. Learn more. Apprenez plus. Aprender más.

4. More Opportunities: Submit Examples of Sustainable Supply Chain Management 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. Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum Bulletin: Provides an update on the building momentum for the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum and the broad efforts underway to ensure that business plays its role at Rio+20 to help set a better course for our world. This Bulletin – to be issued every two weeks – includes updates on the Forum: programme, partners, opportunities and logistics. View.

2. Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: An online, multi-stakeholder forum to discuss dilemmas confronting business and identify related good practices. It also includes interactive workbooks and case studies. Please click here to access the Dilemmas Forum

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

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EVENTS

1.  Child Labour Platform/Labour Working Group Meeting (17 Apr, Geneva)
– OPEN TO GLOBAL COMPACT PARTICIPANTS – The Global Compact Labour Working Group will introduce participants to approaches to tackle child labour and highlight opportunities for further collaboration. The event will also provide an opportunity to discuss the Child Labour Platform as a new initiative of the working group.

Companies and stakeholders interested in joining the Child Labour Platform are requested to register with Adam Adrien-Kirby (g7ipec@ilo.org), ILO-IPEC, by Friday, 13 April.

2. Upcoming Webinars: Human Rights, Water, COP Differentiation, Conflict Minerals, ILO-IFC Better Work Programme (April – May 2012, 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: 

3. Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation & Collaboration for the Future We Want (15-18 June, Rio de Janeiro)
– BY INVITATION ONLY – Organized by the Global Compact, the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum will give business and investors an opportunity to meet with governments, local authorities, civil society and UN entities in dozens of highly focused workshops and thematic sessions linked to the Rio+20 agenda. With 2,000 participants expected, the Forum’s objective is to bring greater scale and quality to corporate sustainability practices. A showcase for innovation and collaboration, the Forum is designed to be a launching ground for widespread action.

The Forum will be held at the Windsor Barra Hotel in Rio. For more information, please visit www.compact4rio.org.

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  Event Calendar

April
Disability in the Workplace and the ILO Global Business and Disability Network (3 April, webinar)
Child Labour Platform / Labour Working Group Meeting (17 Apr, Geneva)
Introduction to the Global Compact (18 Apr, webinar)
COP Differentiation: Reaching “GC Active” Level (19 Apr, webinar)
COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (20 Apr, webinar)
Access to Water (27 Apr, webinar)

May
Introduction of the Global Compact in Myanmar (1 May, Yangon)
Copenhagen Fashion Summit (3 May, Copenhagen)
Conflict Minerals (23 May, webinar)
Essential Skills for Effective Partnering (28-30 May, London)
Introduction to the Global Compact (30 May, webinar)
COP Differentiation: Reaching “GC Active” Level (31 May, webinar)

June
COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (1 Jun, webinar)
Annual Local Networks Forum (15 Jun, Rio de Janeiro)
PRME Global Forum (15 Jun, Rio de Janeiro)
Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation & Collaboration for the Future We Want (15-18 Jun, Rio de Janeiro)

September
PRME Australia/New Zealand Regional Meeting (27 Sep, Brisbane)

December
Human Rights Working Group Meeting (6 Dec, Geneva)
PRME Asian Forum (8-9 Dec, Tokyo)

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

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Published 11 April 2012