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December 2013

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Special Appeal: Support Relief Efforts in the Philippines

On 8 November, the Philippines experienced what is potentially the worst natural disaster in its history. With nearly 10 million people affected and more than 600,000 people currently displaced, there is an urgent need for assistance in the wake of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan.

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners are ramping up relief efforts in the Central Philippines. Local resources and relief are being mobilized to the affected areas, but the scale of the event calls for additional support. The international business community can play an important role. Global Compact participants wishing to support relief and humanitarian efforts can respond in the following ways:

Make a financial contribution to the UN Central Emergencies Response Fund.

Provide pro bono goods or services to the UN through business.un.org.

Learn more.

NEWS & UPDATES

1. Caring for Climate Hosts Inaugural Business Forum to Co-Create Climate Change Solutions
2. Business Challenges Governments to Integrate Anti-Corruption Into Future Development Agenda
3. Global Compact Logo Policy Update to Take Effect 1 January 2014
4. Global Compact Appoints Special Advisor on Latin American Public Policy
5. Stock Exchanges Play Increasing Role in Enhancing Corporate Sustainability
6. Water Grid Solution Receives Sustainia Award
7. Local Network Updates

  • Regional Meeting – Americas Convened
  • Networks Gather at Regional Meeting - Europe
  • Global CSR Conference in Korea Welcomes Post-2015 Business Engagement Architecture

8. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
 

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Nominations: The Oslo Business for Peace Awards
2. More Opportunities: Join the CEO Water Mandate and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. New Resources Launched at Caring for Climate Business Forum

  • The Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy
  • Caring for Climate Progress Report 2013

2. The Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
3. Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum

EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. 6th Annual Women's Empowerment Principles Event: Gender Equality and the Global Jobs Challenge (5-6 Mar, New York)
2. Upcoming Webinars (December 2013 – January 2014) – OPEN INVITATION  

  • Business Action in Support of the Rule of Law – An Example in Myanmar (17 Dec)
  • Traceability in Global Supply Chains: Objectives and Challenges (TBC Jan)

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Caring for Climate Hosts Inaugural Business Forum to Co-Create Climate Change Solutions
The Global Compact, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat (UNFCC) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the inaugural Caring for Climate Business Forum (19-20 November, Warsaw) where, for the first time, the private sector joined with the public sector in the co-creation of climate change solutions as an official part of the Conference of Parties. Held concurrently with COP19/CMP9, the Business Forum helped to bring greater scale to business innovation on climate change, encourage Governments to raise ambition on climate policies and foster collaboration. More about the Business Forum.

The Forum featured a High-Level Meeting (20 November, Warsaw) of senior business representatives, UN and Government officials to discuss proactive strategies to scale up and deepen the quality of corporate climate leadership globally. Highlights from the Forum were presented to the Secretary-General, who commended the leadership of Caring for Climate signatories to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and urged greater collaboration to drive progress towards a global climate agreement in 2015. More about the High-Level Meeting.

2. Business Challenges Governments to Integrate Anti-Corruption Into Future Development Agenda
On the occasion of the Fifth Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) (26 November, Panama City), business urged Governments to make good governance and accountability a key component of the post-2015 development agenda. A renewed Business Call to Action was launched to showcase the private sector’s willingness to lead the fight against corruption and provide a roadmap for business and Governments to collaborate in support of sustainable development. More. Learn more about the Call to Action.

3. Global Compact Logo Policy Update to Take Effect 1 January 2014
Starting 1 January 2014, an update to the Global Compact Logo Policy will take effect. This update will clarify the criteria used in reviewing requests to use the "We support the Global Compact" logo made by business participants. Once the update takes effect, the criteria will include a requirement that business participants have made an annual contribution to the Foundation for the Global Compact in the past twelve months in order to use the "We support the Global Compact" logo. The contextualized COP logo will continue to be available for download and use within a Participant's COP without prior permission of the UN Global Compact Office. View Logo Policy update effective 1 January 2014.

4. Global Compact Appoints Special Advisor on Latin American Public Policy
Mr. Dante Pesce has been recently designated by the Global Compact as a Special Advisor on Latin American Public Policy as of January 2014. His role will be to assist Local Networks in the region, as well as the Regional Center, when requested, to identify opportunities to help raise their institutional visibility, impact and ability to interact within their country’s public policy processes. Mr. Pesce has years of relevant experience in corporate sustainability issues in the Latin American context. His role adds value at the intersection of corporate sustainability strategy and public policy.

5. Stock Exchanges Play Increasing Role in Enhancing Corporate Sustainability
As the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative rang the closing bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange (27 November, New York), the initiative is advancing new research and guidance on the role of stock exchanges in facilitating sustainability disclosure. The SSE, a UN initiative that explores how stock exchanges can promote corporate transparency and sustainability performance, is working with exchanges to utilize new research to advance their sustainable business strategies. More.

6. Water Grid Solution Receives Sustainia Award
The Sustainia Award 2013, which honors global sustainability innovations, was announced in front of an audience of more than 1,000 people (7 November, Copenhagen). Chaired by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Award was presented to Israeli company TaKaDu for its technology that reduces water distribution losses. To help reduce waste, the innovation monitors water grids and warns suppliers of leakages, pipe bursts or other irregularities. More.

7. Local Network Updates

  • Regional Meeting – Americas Convened
    The Local Networks Regional Meeting – Americas (5-6 November, Medellín) was held alongside the Latin America and Caribbean Global Compact Business Forum. Training sessions were offered on the GRI G4 reporting framework, partnership capacity building and media relations. Participants explored elements of the Post-2015 Business Engagement Architecture and agreed to incorporate it in strategic planning. Local Networks were briefed on new resources and issue platforms released at the Leaders Summit, as well as new developments from the Global Compact Office, including the Communication on Engagement (COE) policy. The Regional Center for the Support of the Global Compact in Latin America and the Caribbean presented its activities. More.
  • Networks Gather at Regional Meeting - Europe
    The Global Compact Local Networks Regional Meeting - Europe (20-22 November, Madrid) focused on outcomes from the Leaders Summit and the launch of the Architecture. Representatives engaged in discussions on the Architecture and agreed to use the new framework as a foundation for their upcoming strategic planning process. New issue platforms, engagement opportunities and the Global Compact Business Partnership Hub were also presented as ways to contribute to the post-2015 development agenda. The recently launched COE for non-business participants was also discussed. More.
  • Global CSR Conference in Korea Welcomes Post-2015 Business Engagement Architecture
    The 2nd Global CSR Conference 2013 (12 November, Seoul) entitled Corporate Challenges in Asia: Managing Risks While Building a Sustainable Future – jointly convened by the Global Compact Korea Network, Ethics and Compliance Officer Association, and KMAC – focused on the future of corporate sustainability, particularly emphasizing the importance of engagement by youth and women. Chaired by H.E. Mr. Han Seung-Soo, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea and the Former President of the 56th Session of the UN General Assembly, the two-day Conference brought together over 600 business executives, Government and UN officials, civil society leaders, and youth from the region. More.

8. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In November, 129 companies and 25 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 28 companies were expelled for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Bankia S.A. (Spain), Lojas Americanas S.A. (Brazil), DBL Group (Bangladesh), Grupo Argos S.A. (Colombia), B2W Digital (Brazil), IPS Universitaria (Colombia), Supreme Group B.V.(United Arab Emirates), Securitas Chile (Chile), OMS Synergie Group (France) and Empresa Publica Metropolitana de Agua Potable y Saneamiento (Ecuador).
    
Total figures as of 30 November:

  • Business participants: 7,903
  • Non-business participants: 4,094
  • COPs submitted: 23,367
  • Expelled business participants: 4,223

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Nominations: The Oslo Business for Peace Awards

The Global Compact's Business for Peace platform is partnering with the Oslo Business for Peace Awards to annually highlight the commitments of individual business leaders to create long-term success for their companies and society. Local Networks are invited to nominate participants who have made an outstanding contribution to peace.   

To be considered for nomination based on the criteria, please contact your Local Network. For more information, please contact Mr. Jeffrey French (french@unglobalcompact.org). Nominations will be accepted until 20 December.

2. More Opportunities: Join the CEO Water Mandate 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. New Resources Launched at Caring for Climate Business Forum

  • The Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy: Sets baseline expectations for companies to provide proactive and constructive input to Governments advocate for the creation of effective climate policies. The guide connects the dots between sustainability commitments, such as emissions reductions across their value chains and efficiency improvements, with corporate policy positions. (UNGC, UNEP, UNFCCC, WRI, CDP, WWF, Ceres, The Climate Group) Download.
  • Caring for Climate Progress Report 2013: Examines trends in participation in the Caring for Climate initiative, including emissions performance of companies in 2011, as well as progress companies have made against the five commitments endorsed by all signatories in the Caring for Climate Leadership Statement. (UNGC, Deloitte) Download.

2. The Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Aims to increase understanding among business of the rights of indigenous peoples and to provide practical suggestions for respecting and supporting these rights. Download the Guide. Download the Practical Supplement. Download Additional Resources.

3. Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: A multi-stakeholder online platform for multi-national corporations with operations, supply chains and distribution networks in regions that present high levels of risk to the realization of human rights. New scenario-based Training Tools have been launched on Security Forces and Human Rights and Gender Equality. The tools address initial steps to be considered, stakeholder analysis, cost/benefit analysis of potential actions and consideration of how the dilemma could be avoided. Visit the Forum.

 

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

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EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. 6th Annual Women's Empowerment Principles Event: Gender Equality and the Global Jobs Challenge (5-6 Mar, New York)

– INVITATION ONLY – The sixth annual Women’s Equality Principles (WEPs) event, Gender Equality and the Global Jobs Challenge, will spotlight business strategies, experience and challenges on increasing and enhancing job opportunities for women and expanding access to decent jobs. With more than 600 CEO signatories worldwide, the WEPs, a joint initiative of UN Women and the Global Compact, provide a roadmap for companies to advance and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

For more information or to express interest in attending, contact Dzana Ferhatbegovic (dzana@unglobalcompact.org). Early Registration for companies that have signed the CEO Statement of Support for the WEPs will begin in December. Visit our website to learn more.

6. Upcoming Webinars (December 2013 - January 2014) – OPEN INVITATION  

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Event Calendar

December
13th Meeting of the Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle against Corruption (9-10 Dec, New York)
Business Action in Support of the Rule of Law – An Example in Myanmar (17 Dec, online)

2014

January
Traceability in Global Supply Chains: Objectives and Challenges (TBC, online)
African Private Sector Forum: 2014 Business Action for Food Security & Agriculture (29 Jan, Addis Ababa)

February
Local Network Regional Meeting Africa/MENA (21-22 Feb, Accra)
Local Network Regional Meeting Asia/Oceania (TBC)

March
6th Annual Women's Empowerment Principles Event: Gender Equality and the Global Jobs Challenge (5-6 Mar, New York)

April
CEO Water Mandate Multi-Stakeholder Working Conference (TBC, Lima)
Children's Rights and Business Principles - Annual Conference (TBC, Nairobi)

June
Private Sector Focal Points Meeting and Annual Local Networks Forum (10-12 Jun, Addis Ababa)

August
CEO Water Mandate Multi-Stakeholder Conference at World Water Week (TBC, Stockholm)

September
United Nations Private Sector Forum (TBC, New York)

November
Caring for Climate Business Forum (TBC, Lima)

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

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Published 6 December 2013