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Indian CEOs Visit UN, Deepen Commitment to Global Compact

(New York, 26 September 2007) – A group of Indian CEOs, led by Sunil Bharti Mittal, President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), visited United Nations Headquarters today, for a meeting with UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro and Chef de Cabinet Vijay Nambiar. The meeting followed the announcement by CII to formally strengthen its commitment to advancing the principles of the UN Global Compact – both in India and around the world.

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Meeting with Georg Kell, the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, the business leaders pledged to intensify their engagement with the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. A Memorandum of Understanding to this effect was signed by Georg Kell and Lt. Gen. Shamsher S. Mehta, Director-General of CII. As outlined in the Memorandum, CII commits to establishing a sustainable and inclusive Global Compact Network in India and to supporting the growth of the Global Compact across the region. CII further pledged to build the capacity of corporations operating in India and around the world to implement the principles of the Global Compact within their business operations, and to leverage the delivery capacity of the Global Compact through the organization’s “Centres of Excellence”.

In his remarks, Georg Kell thanked CII for its longstanding engagement with the Global Compact, stressing that it serves as a model for other business associations in terms of leadership in implementing the Global Compact.

“CII has embedded the ten principles of the UN Global Compact within the different activities and services that we provide to our membership”, said Sunil Bharti Mittal. “CII’s social development initiatives on CSR and community development, HIV/AIDS interventions, education and women empowerment, disability are also leading examples of our endeavors to promote the UN Global Compact and the Millennium Development Goals”.

Media Contacts:

Matthias Stausberg
Spokesperson, UN Global Compact
stausberg@un.org
+1-917-367-3423
+1-917-214-1337 (mobile)

Lt. Gen. Shamsher S. Mehta
Director-General, CII
s.s.mehta@ciionline.org
+91-11-24621874