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UN GLOBAL COMPACT BULLETIN

February 2013

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Top Executives Meet with UN Secretary-General to Mark the Success and Future of LEAD
2. Nobel Sustainability Trust & Global Compact Team Up to Advance Clean Energy
3. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Comment: Draft Anti-Corruption Risk Assessment Guide
2. Sign Open Letter: Call on Academic Institutions to Incorporate Human Rights into Management Education
3. Survey: Global Awareness of Children’s Rights and Business
4. More Opportunities: Join Caring for Climate and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Enhancing Company-Investor Communication: Insights from the ESG Investor Briefing Project
2. Lawyers as Leaders – Anti-Corruption Module
3. Growing Into Your Sustainability Commitments
4. Guide to Sustainia

EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. Inclusion: Strategy for Change – The 5th Annual Women's Empowerment Principles Event (5-6 Mar, New York)
2. Sustainable Business and Investment in the Global Context: Rights, Risks and Responsibilities (18-19 Apr, Beijing)
3. Upcoming Webinars (February – March 2013)

  • Migrant Workers and Business: Challenges and Opportunities - Part One (11 Feb)
  • Web Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities: The Benefits for Business (12 Feb)
  • Update on COP Advanced Criteria for Business Participants (19 and 20 Feb)
  • Consultation on Business Reference Guide on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (27 Feb)
  • Migrant Workers and Business: Challenges and Opportunities - Part Two (1 Mar)
  • Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Living Wage / Working Hours (20 Mar)

 

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Top Executives Meet with UN Secretary-General to Mark the Success and Future of LEAD
Executives met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Davos (25 January) to mark the completion of the pilot phase of Global Compact LEAD and a new beginning for the sustainability leadership platform. During the luncheon event, business leaders and high-level UN representatives discussed the role of the private sector in the post-2015 development agenda. Additionally a programme to facilitate strategic discussion of corporate sustainability at the Board level was launched, and findings from an independent review of LEAD were shared. More.

2. Nobel Sustainability Trust & Global Compact Team Up to Advance Clean Energy

The Nobel Sustainability Trust and the Global Compact announced their collaboration, which will include several projects in the areas of alternative and renewable energy, as well as social enterprise. As part of the new partnership, the Nobel Sustainability Trust will support Caring for Climate in its efforts to develop a global action hub on climate and energy. The Global Compact will also support the portfolio of the Nobel Sustainability Trust, which is designed to encourage the research and practice of sustainable and renewable energy. More.

3. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

In January, 103 companies and 43 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 18 companies were expelled for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Scania AB (Sweden), Marubeni Corporation (Japan), Qingdao Port (Group) Company Limited (China), Textile Industries of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Myanmar), Office Depot (Netherlands), CSM (Netherlands), First Bank of Nigeria Limited (Nigeria), Egmont (Denmark) Sitel Iberica Teleservices, S.A. (Spain) and Fuji Oil, Co., Ltd. (Japan).

Total figures as of 31 January:

  • Business participants: 7,189
  • Non-business participants: 3,664
  • COPs submitted: 18,985
  • Expelled business participants: 4,086

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Comment: Draft Anti-Corruption Risk Assessment Guide
As part of the Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle against Corruption, the Sub-Working Group on Anti-Corruption Risk Assessment is developing a comprehensive and practical guide on how to conduct an anti-corruption risk assessment. A draft of the guide is open for consultation until 25 February.

Send your feedback on the Draft Anti-Corruption Risk Assessment Guide to Ms. Moramay Navarro Perez (navarroperez@unglobalcompact.org).

2. Sign Open Letter: Call on Academic Institutions to Incorporate Human Rights in Management Education
The Global Compact and PRME have released an Open Letter calling on academic institutions to educate future managers and leaders on business and human rights. Endorsed by the Human Rights Working Group, the Open Letter intends to: 1) raise awareness of the need for business and human rights education; 2) prompt academic institutions worldwide to develop new courses and curricula; and 3) allow companies to declare the importance of business and human rights education within their own organizations.

Download letter: (English | Français | Español | Português). Individual companies and organizations are invited to confirm support of the Open Letter by sending an e-mail to humanrights@unglobalcompact.org.

3. Survey: Global Awareness of Children’s Rights and Business

On behalf of the Global Compact, UNICEF and Save the Children, the World Child and Youth Forum invites companies to complete a short, anonymous survey to map awareness of business and its impact on children’s rights. The findings will be presented at the 2013 Children’s Rights and Business Principles event in March.

Click here to take the survey. Responses will be collected until 22 February. Please contact Anita Househam (househam@un.org) with questions.

4. More Opportunities: Join Caring for Climate 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. Enhancing Company-Investor Communication – Insights from the ESG Investor Briefing Project: Provides an overview of lessons learned and recommended next steps for the ESG Investor Briefing Series. Launched in 2012 through Global Compact LEAD, the series is designed to improve company-investor communications on environmental, social and governance information, and improve the ability of financial markets to properly value sustainability performance. Download.

2. Lawyers as Leaders – Anti-Corruption Module: Emphasizes the critical role of corporate counsel in creating and managing corporate responsibility policies and practices. This module focuses on the unique aspects of addressing anti-corruption within the company. The series is developed by the Global Compact and the International Bar Association, with the support of LexisNexis. Watch video.

3. Growing Into Your Sustainability Commitments: Provides an advance look at research conducted by AccountAbility on how companies determine what sustainability commitments they should join, and how they can derive the most value and impact from these initiatives. Full report to be released later this year. Download.

4. Guide to Sustainia: Presents sustainable solutions, best practices and innovation in six sectors of society: energy, city planning, homes, transportation, fashion and health industry. The book explores how cities and everyday life could look in 10 years if available sustainable solutions were implemented at a large scale. Download.

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

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EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. Inclusion: Strategy for Change – The 5th Annual Women's Empowerment Principles Event (5-6 Mar, New York)
- INVITATION ONLY - Co-hosted by the Global Compact Office and UN Women, this event will mark International Women’s Day by focusing on innovative approaches that the private sector is taking to achieve gender equality as well as the challenges businesses face when attempting to create inclusive and diverse business environments and operations. The event will bring together business participants from a wide range of sectors and geographical regions, with key stakeholders from civil society and government.

Contact Lauren Gula (gulal@unglobalcompact.org) for more information.

2. Sustainable Business and Investment in the Global Context: Rights, Risks and Responsibilities (18-19 Apr, Beijing)
- INVITATION ONLY – The event will bring together business leaders and investors to share good practices and experiences on doing business in high-risk contexts and ensuring the respect and support of human rights. Co-convened by: Global Compact Network China, Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, the Global Compact Office, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI).

Interested Global Compact companies should contact Melissa Powell (powell1@un.org) or Meng Liu (lium@un.org) for further information.

3. Upcoming Webinars (February– March 2013) – OPEN INVITATION

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  Event Calendar

February
Local Networks Regional Meeting Africa/MENA (11-13 Feb, Nairobi)
Migrant Workers and Business: Challenges and Opportunities - Part One (11 Feb, webinar)
Web Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities: The Benefits for Business (12 Feb, webinar)
Update on COP Advanced Criteria for Business Participants (19 and 20 Feb, webinar)
Consultation on Business Reference Guide on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (27 Feb, webinar)

March
Migrant Workers and Business: Challenges and Opportunities - Part Two (1 Mar, webinar)
CEO Water Mandate 2013 Multi-Stakeholder Working Conference (4-7 Mar, Mumbai)
Inclusion: Strategy for Change – The 5th Annual Women's Empowerment Principles Event (5-6 Mar, New York)
High-Level Panel Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda – Business Side Event (18-20 Mar, Bali)
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Living Wage / Working Hours (20 Mar, webinar)
One Year Later: Taking Stock of the Children's Rights and Business Principles (22 Mar, Stockholm)

April
Sustainable Business and Investment in the Global Context: Rights, Risks and Responsibilities (18-19 Apr, Beijing)
Partnering for Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development (23 Apr, New York)
Private Sector Focal Points Meeting and Annual Local Networks Forum (24-26 Apr, Geneva)
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Doing Business in Conflict-Affected Countries (29 Apr, webinar)
12th Meeting of the Working Group on the 10th Principle Against Corruption (TBC)

June
2nd PRME Latin America Regional Meeting (18-20 Jun, Lima)

September
UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 (19-20 Sep, New York)
2013 PRME Summit (25-27 Sep, Bled)


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

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Published 7 February 2013