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JUNE 2010

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UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010 Convenes in Two Weeks

On 24-25 June over 1,000 business, investment, civil society, academic and UN leaders will gather in New York to elevate the role of responsible business in bringing about the needed transformation to more sustainable and inclusive markets. Chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Leaders Summit will provide a platform for organizations to convene, collaborate and commit to building a new era of sustainability.

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Visit the Leaders Summit website (www.leaderssummit2010.org) to learn more about the agenda, featured attendees, resources to be launched at the event, and the numerous side events being held in conjunction with the Summit. Please direct inquiries by email to LS2010@mci-group.com.

NEWS & UPDATES

1. New Collaboration Announced between Global Compact and GRI
2. Global Compact Strengthens Focus on Sustainable Cities
3. Sectoral Approach Announced by Turkish Local Network
4. Nigerian Businesses Endorse Anti-Corruption Reporting Guidance
5. Yale Convenes Conference on Occasion of Global Compact's 10th Anniversary
6. The UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework for Business and Human Rights
7. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1. Support Sustainable Development: Partnership Opportunities for Business
2. CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles
3. Business Leaders Award Against Human Trafficking 2010: Call for Nominations
4. Anti-Corruption Success Story Pilot Programme: Call for Expressions of Interest
5. More Opportunities: Children’s Rights, Human Rights Dilemmas Forum and more

FEATURED RESOURCES

1. Human Rights Management Framework

EVENTS

1. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010 (24-25 June, New York) – INVITATION ONLY
2. 2nd Global Forum for Responsible Management Education (23 June, New York) – OPEN EVENT

 

2010 Event Calendar

June
Human Rights Working Group Webinar (1 Jun, online)
Stand-Alone Human Rights Impact Assessment vs. Integration (9-11 June, online)
VIII Annual Local Networks Forum (23 Jun, New York)
Meeting of the Global Compact Anti-Corruption Working Group (23 Jun, New York)
2010 Global Compact Leaders Summit (24–25 Jun, New York)

August
World Expo 2010: UN Global Compact Exhibition at the UN Pavilion (2-13 Aug, Shanghai)

  • Global Compact High Level Forum China (2 Aug)
  • Global Compact China - Japan - Korea Roundtable Conference (3 Aug)
  • Forum on Corporate Responsibility in US and China Business Communities (4 Aug)


September
Third UN Private Sector Forum: The Millennium Development Goals (22 Sep, New York)

October
Caring for Climate / B4E Special Event (4-5 Oct, Mexico City)

Please visit the Event Calendar on our website to learn more about the listed events, including intended audience and availability.

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NEWS & UPDATES

1. New Collaboration Announced between Global Compact and GRI
To strengthen the quality of sustainability reporting in the corporate sector, the Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) announced an agreement to align their work in advancing corporate responsibility and transparency (28 May, Amsterdam). The two initiatives seek to further develop their combined strengths – the Global Compact’s strategic advancement of key sustainability issues and GRI’s reporting framework. More.

2. Global Compact Strengthens Focus on Sustainable Cities
The Global Compact has recently scaled up efforts to advance urban engagement in the initiative and provide support to city leaders in demonstrating this commitment. Recent developments include a new framework for engagement in the Global Compact Cities Programme and the release of “Sustainable Cities: Volume 1”, the first comprehensive review of efforts to help cities translate the Global Compact principles into day-to-day urban governance and management. More.

The US Network of the UN Global Compact convened its first working symposium of 2010 on the topic of "Business and Sustainable Cities" (10 May, Chicago). Through panel and plenary discussions, the symposium focused on a number of topics including: navigating the policy landscape; breakthrough innovations for environmental sustainability; and models of public-private partnerships. More

3. Sectoral Approach Announced by Turkish Local Network
The Global Compact Network Turkey has developed an innovative sectoral approach for promoting the Global Compact, which is being implemented in three key industries in the country: pharmaceutical, automotive and textile. Recently, a signing ceremony was held for 33 companies in the pharmaceutical industry (24 May, Istanbul). The Global Compact Office encourages other Local Networks to consider similar sectoral outreach and approaches. More.

4. Nigerian Businesses Endorse Anti-Corruption Reporting Guidance
Nigerian business leaders participating at an executive roundtable meeting (20 May, Lagos) gave their endorsement to the Global Compact’s Reporting Guidance on the 10th Principle against Corruption. The executives emphasized that the guidance is an important tool to assist companies in disclosing their progress in implementing the anti-corruption business principles adopted at the 15th Nigeria Economic Summit in December 2009. More.

5. Yale Convenes Conference on Occasion of Global Compact's 10th Anniversary
The Global Compact contribution to progress in corporate responsibility over the last decade, as well as how it might play a continuing role given the significant challenges that remain, was at the core of a recent global conference held by the Yale World Fellows Programme (28 May, Istanbul). Business executives, policy makers and academics discussed current practices in responsible business, lessons learned and a way forward for the next generation of business leaders. More.

6. The UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework for Business and Human Rights
The Global Compact Office and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights (SRSG) have developed an explanatory note on the relationship between the Global Compact and the SRSG’s Protect-Respect-Remedy framework. Global Compact participants, stakeholders, and the broader community are encouraged to review the note to learn more about the interconnectivity of these initiatives. Download Note.

7. Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings
In May, 102 companies and 43 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact. 38 companies were delisted for failing to communicate on progress. The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were: Raiffeisen Zentralbank Group (Austria), Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (Australia), Smurfit Kappa Group plc (Ireland), Genpact (India), and Carvajal Internacional SA (Colombia).

Total figures as of 31 May:

  • Business participants: 5,978
  • Non-business participants: 2,301
  • COPs received: 8,334
  • Delisted business participants: 1,385

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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunities are intended for Global Compact stakeholders unless otherwise indicated.

1. Support Sustainable Development: Partnership Opportunities for Business
This year marks a decade since world leaders committed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but much remains to be done to reach these critical milestones. Business leaders must intensify their efforts to help combat global poverty, hunger and disease and are encouraged to inspire others to do the same. The upcoming Leaders Summit will offer an excellent platform for companies to demonstrate how they are making a contribution to development and the MDGs. The Global Compact hopes that every company attending the Summit will come prepared to share a new commitment. We expect that a highlight of the event will be the announcement of new partnerships between business and the UN in support of the MDGs.

We encourage you to review the prepared list of partnership opportunities from across the UN System that both contribute to the MDGs and could benefit from additional corporate engagement.

2. CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles
Top executives of Global Compact companies are invited to sign the CEO Statement of Support for the Women's Empowerment Principles -- Equality Means Business (WEPs). The WEPs offer guidance to companies on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community and emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality. By signing the Statement, CEOs demonstrate leadership on gender equality and women’s empowerment, encouraging other business leaders to do the same.

Download a list of the first companies to endorse the CEO Statement of Support for the Women's Empowerment Principles. For more information please contact Lauren Gula (gulal@un.org)

3. Business Leaders Award Against Human Trafficking 2010: Call for Nominations
End Human Trafficking Now!, the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and the United Nations Global Compact have jointly established a new international award, “Business Leaders against Human Trafficking”. The award aims to reward creativity in identifying, preventing and combating human trafficking. It will commend business innovations in labour policies, supply chain management and corporate sustainability initiatives that help to fight human trafficking.

Information on the award and the nomination process can be found at www.businessleaderaward.org. The call for nominations will end on 31 July 2010.

4. Anti-Corruption Success Story Pilot Programme: Call for Expressions of Interest
The Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle against Corruption recently established a ‘Media Engagement Initiative’ Taskforce The taskforce aims to create positive engagement with the media industry and enhance media coverage of corporate anti-corruption efforts. The Taskforce seeks to establish an Anti-Corruption Success Story program; featuring tangible, real-world stories on what the private sector can do against corruption. In conjunction with PRME, the Taskforce seeks to conduct a pilot in Fall 2010 in order to produce an initial set of Anti-Corruption Success Stories.

For more information on this program download the guidance document. To express participation interest contact Olajobi Makinwa (makinwa@un.org) or Sven Biermann (sven.biermann@accenture.com).
 

5. More Opportunities: Children’s Rights, 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. Human Rights Management Framework: Captures key business and human rights management practices that are elaborated in the International Business Leaders Forum publication, Human Rights: It Is Your Business. The poster, originally developed in 2007, has been updated and streamlined to take into account the new edition of A Guide for Integrating Human Rights Into Business Management. The resource is available in six languages. Download Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish.  

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

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EVENTS

1. UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010 (24-25 June, New York)
– INVITATION ONLY – Held every three years, the Leaders Summit is the forum for Global Compact participants to renew their commitment to responsible practices, share progress made and set the direction for the coming years. The Global Compact Leaders Summit is the premier UN-business event. An ambitious programme is planned:

  • 1,000+ business, investment, civil society, academic and UN leaders
  • Government ministers from all regions
  • Peer-to-peer roundtable discussion format for all sessions
  • Showcasing business commitments to advance sustainable development and global prosperity
  • Presenting results of the largest study of 700+ CEOs on the future of corporate responsibility
  • Introducing the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership within the UN Global Compact
  • Launching a wide range of new resources covering all UN Global Compact principle areas
  • Profiling an array of UN-business partnership to help achieve the MDGs
  • Marking the 10th Anniversary of the UN Global Compact at a Gala Dinner

Visit the Leaders Summit website (www.leaderssummit2010.org) to learn more about the agenda, featured attendees, resources to be launched at the event, and the numerous side events being held in conjunction with the Summit. Register Now. Please direct inquiries by email to LS2010@mci-group.com.

2. 2nd Global Forum for Responsible Management Education (23 June, New York)
OPEN EVENT – The central event of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative will build on the insights and experiences of participating business schools from around the world. Management educators committed to updating curriculum to address the challenges and opportunities of sustainability and corporate citizenship will meet to discuss their progress.

For information and to register, please visit the event website or contact Lisle Ferreira (ferreira@unglobalcompact.org ). 

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Published 7 June 2010