The first UN Global Compact Annual Meeting will convene Global Compact practitioners who are engaged in the initiative’s working groups, issue platforms and Local Networks. Held as part of Global Compact Week, the meeting is a global gathering of the most active companies and organizations, and designed for working-level representatives to share experiences across issues and countries – examining both their engagement in Global Compact groups and efforts within their own organizations to advance sustainability. The meeting aims to help practitioners look beyond their area(s) of focus – for example as a Caring for Climate signatory or a Human Rights Working Group member – in order to better connect the range of sustainability issues and drive more comprehensive organizational change.
The one-day meeting will include plenary sessions and roundtable discussions, with representation from the range of Global Compact groups and networks at each table.
The plenary session will give a concise yet broad overview of where the initiative stands, including:
Morning Discussion: How do organizations translate learnings and experiences from Global Compact groups into practical actions and implementation? Many groups have developed guidance, best practices or norms to fill gaps and help advance implementation. Discussion will focus on how participants apply learnings – for example by piloting new guidance – and ways to increase the value of engaging in Global Compact groups.
Afternoon Discussion: How do companies move beyond silos and address the interconnection of issues (e.g., the human rights and corruption dimensions of climate change or water)?
This closing plenary session will outline how the Global Compact plans to bring the voice of business to major upcoming UN events, notably the 4th UN Private Sector Forum in September 2011 and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio +20 in June 2012. Rio+20 aims to set the sustainability agenda for coming decades, and the Global Compact is well-positioned to put forward solutions by business – individually and in partnership with other actors – on issues such as poverty, climate, food, water and energy.
The session will address how the Global Compact -- through its working groups, issue platforms, Local Networks and sister initiatives -- plans to mobilize a coordinated and powerful contribution by business to help advance economic, social and environmental goals.