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March 2014

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Join us online for the
6th Annual Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Event: Gender Equality and the Global Jobs Challenge (5-6 March)

Live Webcast: On 6 March, watch the Annual WEPs Event live on the UN Webcast site (http://webtv.un.org).

WEPs Live on The Guardian: The Guardian's Women in Leadership will be blogging live from the event on 5 & 6 March.

Join the Conversation: Follow the event via Twitter (@WEPrinciples) or by using the event hashtag #EqualityMeansJobs).

 

 

NEWS & UPDATES

1. Global Compact Local Networks Regional Meeting – Africa and MENA Convened
2. Local Network Exchange Programme Organized by Global Compact and Global Compact Network Argentina
3. Global Compact Introduced in Nicaragua
4. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Input: Food and Agriculture Business Principles (FAB Principles) Consultation
2. Call for Comments: A Practical Guide to Supply Chain Traceability
3. Call for Case Examples: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
4. Responsible Management Education Opportunities

  • Sign Open Letter: Call on Academic Institutions to Incorporate Human Rights in Management Education
  • Call for Papers: Poverty and Anti-Corruption

5. More Opportunities: Join the CEO Water Mandate and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum

  • New Training Tools
  • New Dilemma on Cumulative Impacts

2. The Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy
3. A Guide for Anti-Corruption Risk Assessment

EVENT INVITATIONS & WEBINARS

1. Equality Means Business:  Re-Visioning the Development Agenda (11 Mar, New York)
2. CEO Water Mandate Multi-Stakeholder Working Conference (8-10 Apr, Lima)
3. Upcoming Webinars (March – April 2014) – OPEN INVITATION  

  • Business and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Emerging Trends, New Tools and Resources (25 Mar)
  • The Business Case for Women’s Employment (27 Mar)
  • Introduction to the Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Workstream (28 Mar)
  • Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas y el Sector Privado: Nuevas tendencias, nuevas herramientas y recursos/ Business and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Emerging Trends, New Tools and Resources (23 Apr)

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. Global Compact Local Networks Regional Meeting – Africa and MENA Convened
Local Networks from Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Egypt, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda were represented at the Global Compact Local Networks Regional Meeting for Africa and MENA (21 February, Accra). The meeting focused on the Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 outcomes, the Post-2015 Business Engagement Architecture and renewed Global Compact efforts to scale up corporate sustainability in Africa. The Global Compact and the Global Compact Network Ghana, in collaboration with the Ghana Chamber of Mines, also hosted a CEO roundtable discussion on corporate sustainability in Ghana convening over 50 business leaders. More.

2. Local Network Exchange Programme Organized by Global Compact and Global Compact Network Argentina
Co-organized by the Global Compact and the Global Compact Network Argentina, the four-day Local Network Exchange Programme (4-7 February, Buenos Aires) was attended by contact persons representing the networks in Albania, Macedonia and Nordic countries. The Exchange Programme seeks to foster collaboration by providing an opportunity for networks to share experiences and knowledge and identify best practices across regions. More.

3. Global Compact Introduced in Nicaragua
The Global Compact was introduced in Nicaragua (14 February, Managua) as part of an event co-hosted by the Global Compact, UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Government of the Netherlands, Inter-Institutional Council of CSR in Nicaragua, UniRSE and the Dutch Interchurch Organization for Development and Cooperation (ICCO). The event was attended by more than 60 Nicaraguan companies, as well as representatives from local business organizations, UN agencies and the Government of Nicaragua. More.

4. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In February, 94 companies and 34 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 41 companies were expelled for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: China National Building Materials Group Corporation (China), 3M    (USA), Swiss Post Ltd (Switzerland), Linklaters LLP (United Kingdom), Compania Azucarera del Sur, S.A. (CASUR) (Nicaragua), Garud Securities Pvt Ltd    (Nepal), Banco de America Central, SA (BAC) (Nicaragua), Guardianaes seguridad Avanzada (Colombia), 1+1 media (Ukraine) and Electricite de Strasbourg (France).
    
Total figures as of 27 February:

  • Business participants: 8,020
  • Non-business participants: 4,174
  • COPs submitted: 24,499
  • Expelled business participants: 4,330

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Input: Food and Agriculture Business Principles (FAB Principles) Consultation
The Global Compact is facilitating the development of Food and Agriculture Business Principles (FAB Principles) for companies and the United Nations to realize sustainable development goals and priorities. Following a first round of stakeholder consultations from July - November 2013, six draft principles (English | 中文) were developed and are now open for a second and final round of consultation.

Companies in food, agriculture and related industries, experts and academics are invited to share their views on the draft principles (English | 中文)  by completing an online survey by 1 April.  For more information, please contact Ms. Huan Xiao (xiao@unglobalcompact.org) or visit the FAB Principles page of our website.

2. Call for Comments: A Practical Guide to Supply Chain Traceability
The Traceability Task Force of the Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability has developed practical guidance for companies seeking improved transparency and tracebility in their supply chains. A draft of the guidance is open for public consultation before it is launched online in April 2014.

To receive a copy of the draft for your review, please contact Ms. Elena Bombis, (bombis@unglobalcompact.org). The deadline to provide comments is 18 March. Learn more about the Traceability Task Force.

3. Call for Case Examples: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
The Global Compact has recently released two related resources: a Good Practice Note on Indigenous Peoples' Rights and the Role of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent endorsed by the Global Compact Human Rights and Labour Working Group and the Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which is now available in Français, Español and Русский. A Practical Supplement to the Business Reference Guide offers examples of business initiatives that seek to respect and support indigenous peoples’ rights.

Companies are invited to submit case examples to be considered for inclusion in the Practical Supplement to undrip@unglobalcompact.org with copy to Ms. Michelle Lau (lau@unglobalcompact.org) by 14 June.

4. Responsible Management Education Opportunities

  • Sign Open Letter: Call on Academic Institutions to Incorporate Human Rights in Management Education
    An Open Letter developed by the Human Rights and Labour Working Group and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), calls on academic institutions to educate future managers and leaders on business and human rights.

    All stakeholders, especially business, are invited to show their commitment to advancing business and human rights by signing the letter individually or on behalf of their respective organization, if authorized. The Open Letter is available in English, Français, Español, Português and 中文. To sign, please send an e-mail to humanrights@unglobalcompact.org confirming your support and the capacity (individual or organization) in which you sign.

5. 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. Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum

2. The Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy: Sets baseline expectations for companies to provide proactive and constructive input to Governments and 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.

3. A Guide for Anti-Corruption Risk Assessment: Seeks to provide practical, step-by-step guidance on how to conduct an anti-corruption risk assessment. Includes a six-step process to complete the assessment: establish the process, identify the risks, rate the risks, identify mitigating controls, calculate remaining residual risk and develop an action plan. 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. Equality Means Business:  Re-Visioning the Development Agenda (11 Mar, New York)
– BY INVITATION ONLY – Co-sponsored by the Global Compact, UN Women, the International Federation of Business and Professional Women and the NGO CSW Forum 2014, this multi-stakeholder discussion will draw on the Women’s Empowerment Principles (www.WEPrinciples.org) to highlight the role of business as we re-vision the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Join us to examine how business can contribute to gender equality, particularly by addressing barriers to jobs and decent employment, while highlighting a range of opportunities, stakeholder roles and responsibilities, lessons learned and how to get involved.

The event will be held from 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm on 11 March at UN Headquarters in New York. To express interest in attending, please contact Ms. Theresa Heithaus (heithaus@unglobalcompact.org).

2. CEO Water Mandate Multi-Stakeholder Working Conference (8-10 Apr, Lima)
– BY INVITATION ONLY – The conference will convene companies, government agencies, civil society groups, academia and others to explore topics related to corporate water stewardship and to help shape the CEO Water Mandate’s upcoming projects and activities. Topics will include: corporate water stewardship and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, with a focus on Peru’s water challenges; up-scaling corporate water stewardship in supply chains, with a focus on sustainable agriculture; and aligning business practice with the human rights to water and sanitation.

For more information, contact Ms. Mai-Lan Ha (mlha@pacinst.org).

3. Upcoming Webinars (March - April 2014) – OPEN INVITATION  

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Event Calendar

March
6th Annual Women's Empowerment Principles Event: Gender Equality and the Global Jobs Challenge (5-6 Mar, New York)
Equality Means Business:  Re-Visioning the Development Agenda (11 Mar, New York)
Business and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Emerging Trends, New Tools and Resources (25 Mar, online)
The Business Case for Women’s Employment (27 Mar, online)
Introduction to the Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Workstream (28 Mar, online)

April
CEO Water Mandate Multi-Stakeholder Working Conference (8-10 Apr, Lima)
Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas y el Sector Privado: Nuevas tendencias, nuevas herramientas y recursos/ Business and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Emerging Trends, New Tools and Resources (23 Apr, online)

May
Children's Rights and Business Principles - Annual Conference (12 May, Nairobi)

June
Private Sector Focal Points Meeting and Annual Local Networks Forum (9-12 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)

December
Caring for Climate Business Forum (TBC, Lima)
Meeting of the Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle against Corruption (TBC, New York)

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

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Published 4 March 2014