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UN GLOBAL COMPACT BULLETIN

AUGUST 2012

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Global Compact, PRI Launch ESG Investor Briefing Series
2. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Input: Sustainable Finance Publication
2. Apply for the Social Investment Pioneer Awards
3. More Opportunities: Participate in the Human Rights Dilemmas Forum and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Scaling Up Global Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture
2. A Framework for Corporate Action on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
3. Global Compact for 10th Principle: Corporate Sustainability with Integrity
4. Past Event Summaries and Materials

  • Global Release of the Children's Rights and Business Principles
  • Webinar on Health and Safety

EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. Upcoming Webinars (August 2012)

  • Introduction to the Global Compact (14 Aug)
  • COP Differentiation: Reaching “GC Active” Level (15 Aug)
  • COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (16 Aug)

2. CEO Water Mandate Conference (27-29 Aug, Stockholm)
3. Promoting Labour Standards through Corporate Social Responsibility: Instruments and Practices (1-5 Oct, Turin)

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Global Compact, PRI Launch ESG Investor Briefing Series
As part of a joint project of the Global Compact and the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), SAP AG hosted the first ESG Investor Briefing. The series is designed to improve company-investor communications on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) information and provides an opportunity for investors to engage with company management. During the briefing, senior executives presented information on their ESG performance using the ESG Value Driver Framework, developed in collaboration with Global Compact LEAD companies and PRI investors. More. Learn how to host an ESG Investor Briefing.

2. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In July, 111 companies and 51 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 109 companies were expelled for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Hilton Worldwide (USA), Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. (Japan), Emirates Telecommunications Corporation - Etisalat (United Arab Emirates), Transnet SOC Ltd. (South Africa), Ecolab Inc. (USA), Terumo Corporation (Japan), WEBHELP (France), Sigma-Aldrich (USA), Boyner Holding (Turkey) and Pelion Healthcare Group (Poland).

Total figures as of 31 July:

  • Business participants: 6,983
  • Non-business participants: 3,420
  • COPs submitted: 16,361
  • Delisted business participants: 3,713

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Input: Sustainable Finance
The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies (EFFAS) and International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) are developing a resource regarding the alignment between business models and investment strategies, with the goal of creating a sustainable financial system. Global Compact signatories are invited to provide input to the report by sharing their experiences implementing sustainability and corporate responsibility programmes.

Companies that would like to contribute should contact Danielle Chesebrough (danielle.chesebrough@unpri.org) and indicate their availability for a one-hour phone interview before 31 August.

2. Apply for the Social Investment Pioneer Awards
The Global Compact Principles for Social Investment Secretariat has launched the inaugural Social Investment Pioneer Awards, which aim to recognize and showcase examples of international best practice in social investment. Winners will be announced at a special forum to be held in Melbourne (28 November 2012).

For further information and to apply, visit http://p4si.org/awards.shtml or email shaun.cannon@p4si.org by 30 September. 

3. More Opportunities: Participate in the Human Rights Dilemmas Forum 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. Scaling Up Global Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture: Highlights innovative work that food and agriculture companies are undertaking, together with governments and civil society, to improve food security and sustainable agriculture around the world. Download.

2. A Framework for Corporate Action on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Provides a framework for developing, implementing, and disclosing policies and practices on biodiversity and ecosystem services that are integrated into corporate sustainability strategies. Download.

3. Global Compact for the 10th Principle: Corporate Sustainability with Integrity: Showcases a collection of cases from Global Compact companies and stakeholders around the world illustrating anti-corruption implementation efforts and the related dilemmas organizations face. Download.

4. Past Event Summaries and Materials

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

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EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. Upcoming Webinars (August 2012)
– OPEN INVITATION – A number of webinars on the Communication on Progress (COP) will be convened over the next month. All Global Compact participants are encouraged to participate in these sessions:

2. CEO Water Mandate Conference (27-29 Aug, Stockholm)
– BY INVITATION ONLY – The CEO Water Mandate will convene a multi-stakeholder conference, and related working group sessions, as part of World Water Week. The conference and related activities will focus on collective action through the Mandate's new global Water Action Hub; new guidelines on corporate water disclosure; and operational guidance on water and human rights.

Visit the CEO Water Mandate website to learn more about the initiative.

3. Promoting Labour Standards through Corporate Social Responsibility: Instruments and Practices (1-5 Oct, Turin)

– OPEN INVITATION – This course will discuss the potential of companies to contribute to respecting labour rights and achieving “decent work for all”. It will provide participants with an overview of International Labour Organization (ILO) and other international instruments with particular emphasis on International Labour Standards and the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy.

Click here for course details and registration.

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  Event Calendar

August
Introduction to the Global Compact (14 Aug, webinar)
COP Differentiation: Reaching “GC Active” Level (15 Aug, webinar)
COP Differentiation: Achieving “GC Advanced” Level (16 Aug, webinar)
CEO Water Mandate Conference (27-29 Aug, Stockholm)

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

October
Promoting Labour Standards through Corporate Social Responsibility: Instruments and Practices (1-5 Oct, Turin)

November
PRME MENA Forum (7-8 Nov, Jounieh)
2012 Social Investment Pioneer Awards Ceremony (28 Nov, Melbourne)

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 7 August 2012