(Moscow, 10 April 2008) – Today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the launch of
the Global Compact Network in Russia during his meeting with over 30 top executives of Russian
“I welcome today’s launch of a Global Compact Network in Russia as a great sign that Russian businesses, representing one of the world’s largest economies, are putting their weight behind the universal values of the United Nations,” said the Secretary-General.
The role of the Russian network will be to facilitate the progress of companies engaged in the Global Compact with respect to implementation of the ten principles, while also creating opportunities for multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action.
There are currently 24 members of the Global Compact in Russia, including big companies such as the United Company Russian Aluminum, the Russian Railways, Interros Group of companies, Renova, Sistema as well as the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) and several NGOs.
"The priority of Russian business is to ensure a solid position in national and
global economies through improving competitiveness based on responsible business practices," stated
Alexander Shohin, Head of The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs .
However, many Russian companies, including small and medium-size enterprises, have yet to make sufficient efforts to reach international standards in social and environmental responsibility.
Addressing the guests, Alexander Livshits, Director for International and Special Projects of the United Company Russian Aluminum, underlined that his company is proud to belong to the Global Compact and called on Russian business “to joint efforts to become world champions in corporate social responsibility.”
For more information please contact
UN Global Compact Coordinator UNDP Russia
Ms. Asel Abdurahmanova
Tel.+7 495. 7877717
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