On 27 May, close to 60 representatives of national and international companies, government, civil society and UN agencies gathered in Gaborone for the launch of the Global Compact in Botswana.
Addressing the meeting, UN resident representative Bjoern Foerde welcomed the Global Compact as a important initiative that will encourage companies to join with other stakeholders in advancing the concept of corporate citizenship.
The keynote address was delivered by Michael Urminsky from the International Labour Organization (ILO). Other speeches were delivered by Mokhethi Moshoeshoe form the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC), GM Dewah, CEO of the Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM), and by K. Moletsane, Executive Secretary of the Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (BOCONGO)
Participants discussed the way forward, concerns and challenges to the Global Compact in Botswana. Of particular concern was the possibility of the Global Compact being used as a publicity tool by companies that do not necessarily believe in the nine principles. BOCCIM was commended for its undertaking to drive the process of introducing the Global Compact to its members. In his closing remarks the UN Resident Representative Mr. Foerde suggested that this initiative must be aligned to the National Vision (Vision 2016) which aims in a broad sense to improve the lives of all Botswanans by the year 2016.
Organizations represented at the launch included:
Botswana Confederation of Commerce and Industry (BOCCIM)
Botswana Council of Non Governmental Organizations (BOCONGO)
Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA)
Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE)
Botswana Export Credit Insurance (BECI)
Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC)
Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB)