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Event Calendar 2013

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The following reflects in-person events either convened by the Global Compact or with its support. Additionally, the Global Compact holds a number of webinars on a variety of topics.

December

2013 Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights and Business Stakeholder Meeting

2-4 December
Geneva, Switzerland

Shubha Chandra
chandra@unglobalcompact.org
 
Human Rights
 

Organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, the Forum aims to promote multi-stakeholder dialogue on trends and challenges in the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

As part of the Annual Forum, a Business Stakeholder Meeting (2 Dec, 15:00-18:00) will be convened by the Global Compact, the International Organisation of Employers, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and Business for Social Responsibility at the invitation of the UN Working Group on business and human rights. The Business Stakeholder Meeting will provide an opportunity to share and discuss key challenges and opportunities in seeking to implement the Guiding Principles on business and human rights.

Register for the Forum. Contact humanrights@ioe-emp.org to register for the Business Stakeholder Meeting.

 

13th Meeting of the Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle against Corruption

9-10 December
New York, USA

Moramay Navarro
navarroperez@un.org
 
Anti-Corruption
 

The meeting will bring together Global Compact business participants as well as representatives of civil society, labour, business associations, Global Compact Local Networks and international organizations, to discuss the implementation of the 10th principle, share best practices and explore concrete actions to leverage the work of the group. Participation is by invitation only.

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Past Events

January

Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles: First Meeting of the Core Advisory Group

28-29 January
Geneva, Switzerland

Adrienne Gardaz
gardaz@un.org

The Global Compact will convene the Core Advisory Group on the Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles for the first of three meetings over the course of five months. This meeting will be dedicated to the development of a white paper presenting proposed elements to form the basis for a set of Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles. Participation in this meeting is restricted to the members of the Core Advisory Group.

February

Local Networks Regional Meeting Africa/MENA

11-13 February
Nairobi, Kenya

Walid Nagi
nagi@un.org

Local Networks

Global Compact Local Network Focal Points from Africa and MENA will meet to discuss implementation of the Global Compact in the region. 

 

March

Behind the Brands: How the major food and beverage companies rank on food justice

1 March
New York, USA

Adrienne Gardaz
gardaz@un.org

Convened by Oxfam and the Global Compact, the event will feature Oxfam’s new scorecard ranking the world’s largest food and beverage companies on issues critical for sustainable agriculture, commodity sourcing, natural resource competition and global food security. Participation is by invitation only.

 

CEO Water Mandate 2013 Multi-Stakeholder Working Conference

4-7 March
Mumbai, India

Gavin Power
powerg@un.org
Environment
CEO Water Mandate

The annual working conference of the CEO Water Mandate, entitled “Water Stewardship in the Post-2015 World”, will convene companies, government agencies, civil society groups, academia and others to explore critical (and complex) corporate water management issues and seek to advance effective and equitable solutions. Participation is by invitation only.

 

 

Inclusion: Strategy for Change - The 5th Annual Women's Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business Event

6 March
New York, USA

Lauren Gula
gulal@unglobalcompact.org
Human Rights
Women's Empowerment Principles

Co-hosted by the UN Global Compact Office and UN Women, this event will mark International Women’s Day by bringing together business participants from a wide range of sectors and geographical regions, with other key stakeholders from civil society and government, to discuss innovative approaches the private sector is taking to achieving gender equality as well as the challenges businesses face when attempting to create inclusive and diverse business environments and operations.

LIVE WEBCAST:  Follow the conversation on 6 March at www.livestream.com/WEPrinciples.

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Corporate Social Responsibility in Times of Uncertainty

18-19 March
Beirut, Lebanon

Walid Nagi
nagi@un.org
 

Convened by CSR Lebanon with the support of the Global Compact, this event will bring together representatives from business, civil society and government to discuss global corporate sustainability topics such as disclosure, supply chain sustainability, responsible business in post-conflict areas, social enterprise and responsible management education. The event will also include a high-level opening plenary featuring the President of Lebanon and the Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon.

 

 

One Year Later: Taking Stock of the Children's Rights and Business Principles

22 March
Stockholm, Sweden

Anita Househam
househam@un.org
Human Rights
Children's Rights and Business Principles

This year’s annual Children’s Rights and Business Principles (developed by the Global Compact, UNICEF and Save the Children) stock-taking event will take place
in collaboration with the World Child and Youth Forum (WCYF) at the Royal Palace in the presence of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden. Celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of the Principles, representatives from the private sector, Government, civil society and the UN will meet at the WCYF to take stock of how the Principles have been operationalized to advance company efforts to respect and support children’s rights in the workplace, marketplace, community and environment and to identify areas for improvement. Participation is by invitation only.

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Business Roundtable: High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

24-25 March
Bali, Indonesia

Leimer Tejeda
tejeda@un.org
UN-Business Partnerships
 

Ahead of the 4th meeting of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, this event will gather senior representatives from the private sector, Government, civil society, academia and youth to discuss how business can best contribute to the future UN development agenda. Participants from the Asia-Pacific region will explore how business efforts can have the greatest positive impact and the role that partnerships will play.

April

12th Meeting of the Global Compact Working Group on the Tenth Principle Against Corruption

9-10 April
New Delhi, India

Moramay Navarro
navarroperez@un.org
Anti-Corruption
 

The meeting will bring together Global Compact business participants as well as representatives of civil society, labour, business associations, Global Compact Local Networks and international organizations, to discuss the implementation of the tenth principle, share best practices and explore concrete actions to leverage the work of the group.

 

Sustainable Business and Investment in the Global Context: Rights, Risks and Responsibilities

16-17 April
Beijing, China

Melissa Powell
powell1@un.org
Meng Liu
lium@un.org
Business and Peace
 

The event will bring together business leaders and investors to share good practices and experiences on doing business in high-risk contexts and ensuring the respect and support of human rights. Co-convened by: Global Compact Network China, Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, the Global Compact Office, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI).

 

Promoting Labour Standards through Corporate Social Responsibility: Instruments and Practices

22-26 April
Turin, Italy

Venu Keesari
keesari@unglobalcompact.org
Labour

This course will look at the role of CSR in today’s globalized world of work and at the potential of private initiatives to contribute to the respect of labour rights and the achievement of “decent work for all”. It will provide participants with an overall understanding of the current trends and challenges in responsible business, and with an overview of ILO instruments and other international frameworks that can assist those engaging in dialogue with multinationals and other enterprises.

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Private Sector Focal Points Meeting and Annual Local Networks Forum

24-26 April
Geneva,
Switzerland

Melissa Powell
powell1@un.org
 
Walid Nagi
nagi@un.org

 

UN-Business Partnerships
Local Networks
 

For the first time, the 2013 UN System Private Sector Focal Points (PSFP) Meeting and the Annual Local Networks Forum (ALNF) will be convened alongside one another reflecting the Global Compact’s goal to better engage the private sector in taking action in pursuit of UN goals and issues at the country level. Held each year, the PSFP Meeting aims to enhance communication, strengthen learning and improve coordination among UN staff working with the private sector, and the ALNF brings together representatives from Local Networks and companies to share their experiences and network. A one-day joint session convening private sector focal points and Local Network representatives with business will complement the two meetings.

 

Roundtable with the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

29 April
New York, USA

Marie Wibe
wibe@un.org
Human Rights

Jointly convened by the Global Compact and BSR, the event will bring together business and other key stakeholders with representatives of the UN Working Group to discuss  challenges encountered by United States companies in implementing the Guiding Principles - both at home and abroad and in their operations and value chains. Moderated by Christine Bader, BSR’s Human Rights Advisor and former Advisor to the former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on business and human rights, the conversation will also explore opportunities for the UN Working Group to help address those challenges.

Space is limited. Please contact Marie Wibe (wibe@un.org) to express interest in attending.

May

PRME Session at Association of African Business Schools Annual Meeting

13-15 May
Casablanca, Morocco

Florencia Librizzi
librizzi@unglobalcompact.org
 
PRME
 

A PRME session will take place at the Association of African Business Schools Annual Meeting at HEM Business School. AABS Connect encourages dialogue in search of competitive solutions to support growth of business and management education in Africa. This session will highlight the role of PRME Chapters in providing a platform to spread and adapt sustainability principles to meet local needs.

 

Pan African Business Conference at the 50th Anniversary of the African Union

24 May
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Olajobi Makinwa
makinwa@un.org
 

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the African Union (AU), the Pan African Business Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI), UNDP and the Global Compact, in association with the AU, are organizing the Pan African Business Conference to share insight on the critical role of the private sector in helping the continent reach its full economic and social potential. The conference will bring together the private and public sectors, as well as civil society, to explore challenges and opportunities for responsible private sector development on the African continent  in support of AU goals over the next decade. Various thematic sessions will discuss social enterprise, the role of public-private partnerships and how to boost intra-regional trade, among other topics.

 

Understanding and Implementing the UN Guiding Principles in ASEAN: A multi-stakeholder forum on business and human rights

28 May
Singapore

Human Rights
 

Jointly organized by the ASEAN CSR Network, Singapore Compact, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Global Compact and Singapore Management University, the event will introduce both business and non-business stakeholders to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and provide different perspectives on how businesses can better respect and support human rights in ASEAN. To register, please send your name, title, organization and contact details to register@csrsingapore.org and jerry@asean-csr-network.org.

 

PRME Session at Columbia Teaching Business and Human Rights Workshop

31 May
New York, USA

Florencia Librizzi
librizzi@unglobalcompact.org
PRME
 

The third annual Columbia University Teaching Business and Human Rights Workshop will convene individuals teaching human rights across various disciplines worldwide. The event will focus on practical teaching strategies and feature PRME in a session on responsible management education.

June

1st PRME Canada Regional Meeting

11-12 June
Edmonton, Canada

Florencia Librizzi
librizzi@unglobalcompact.org
PRME
 

Hosted by the MacEwan School of Business and co-convened with the University of Guelph College of Management & Economics and the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, the 1st PRME Canada Regional Meeting will be a forum for academics to share their experiences in teaching and research related to responsible management as well as other efforts to integrate the PRME principles into business school curricula and scholarship. Visit the PRME website for more information.

 

2nd PRME Latin America Regional Meeting

18-20 June
Lima, Peru

Florencia Librizzi
librizzi@unglobalcompact.org
 
PRME
 

PRME participants from Latin America will meet to discuss corporate sustainability in business and management education. Hosted by CENTRUM, this event will feature a special workshop for management educators and opportunities to discuss the creation of a new PRME Chapter in Latin America. Visit the PRME website for more information.

 

Business for Peacebuilding

25 June
New York, USA

Bryan Kisadha
kisadha@unglobalcompact.org
Business and Peace
 

The UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) and the Global Compact are jointly convening a conference to inspire and stimulate enhanced business engagement in support of peace. Bringing together major global players, African business leaders, key actors from the business communities and governments of African countries, UN member states, and civil society organizations, this conference will facilitate a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the importance of engaging businesses in peacebuilding and will offer a unique opportunity to catalyze collective action.

July

Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative: New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell

24 July
New York, USA

Danielle Chesebrough
danielle.chesebrough@unpri.org
Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative
 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to commemorate NYSE Euronext joining the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative, which explores how exchanges can work together with investors, regulators, and companies to enhance corporate transparency on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues and encourage responsible long-term approaches to investment.

To mark the occasion, NYSE Euronext will host a high-level event, gathering senior executives from NYSE-listed companies and sustainability professionals with leaders from the United Nations, academia and non-profit organizations at the NYSE. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will deliver remarks on the evolving role of stock exchanges in promoting sustainable capital markets.

 

China Summit on Caring for Climate

29-31 July
Beijing, China

Jane Wang
wang@unglobalcompact.org

Organized by the Global Compact Network China, the China Summit on Caring for Climate aims to raise awareness of climate change, disseminate best practices, and enable businesses from China and abroad to tackle the issue together through innovation and cooperation. The Summit, with support from the Chinese government, will introduce national policies and regulations related to climate change. The outcomes of the meeting will be submitted to relevant Chinese authorities as well as the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit and Caring for Climate Business Forum.

Please contact Mr. Bin Han (hanb98@sina.com) or Ms. Fengzuo Wang (helenawfz@aliyun.com) for more information or to express interest in attending.

September

CEO Water Mandate Multi-Stakeholder Conference at World Water Week

4 September
Stockholm, Sweden

Gavin Power
powerg@un.org
Environment
CEO Water Mandate

This event -- featuring leaders from business, civil society, the UN and public sector -- will focus on the CEO Water Mandate's three work areas: i) corporate water disclosure; ii) collective action; and iii) water and human rights. Participation is by invitation only.

 

 

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013

19-20 September
New York, USA

Lisle Ferreira
ferreira@unglobalcompact.org

The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 will bring together chief executives with leaders from civil society, government and the UN to elevate the role of responsible business and investment in bringing about the needed transformation to more sustainable and inclusive markets. This triennial Summit is the largest and highest-level United Nations event for business leaders.

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2013 PRME Summit

25-27 September
Bled, Slovenia

Florencia Librizzi
librizzi@unglobalcompact.org
 
PRME
 

The 2013 PRME Summit will build on previous PRME Global Forums and Summits by focusing on "New Ways of Developing Leaders for the Future We Want." Sessions will be organized around the "4 I’s", a concept that covers the four major facets of PRME: inspiration, innovation, implementation, and impact. Visit the PRME website for more information.

October

India Collaboration Lab: New Alliances for Water and Sanitation

22-23 October
New Delhi, India

Rosedel Davies-Adewebi
rdaviesadewebi@unglobalcompact.org
Development
CEO Water Mandate

Organized by the Global Compact in partnership with the CEO Water Mandate and the Global Compact Network India, the Collaboration Lab aims to catalyze collaborative action on water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and other resource management challenges in India. Through a series of action-oriented sessions – including an innovative Pitch Session – the Collaboration Lab will convene representatives of the social enterprise, investor, corporate, civil society and policymaker communities to gain a deeper understanding of the topic, identify opportunities for cooperation and take action to advance WASH and water management. Learn more and register.

 

Private Sector Partnerships Forum at the Global South-South Development Expo

28 October - 1 November
Nairobi, Kenya

Nkiruka Chiemelu
chiemelu@unglobalcompact.org

Convened by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) will showcase Southern-grown development solutions to address the Millennium Development Goals. At the GSSD Expo, the Global Compact will convene the Private Sector Partnerships Forum on “Clean and Green Economy”. Led and moderated by African and Chinese businesses and organizations, the forum will address vulnerabilities for corruption – particularly in the green infrastructure, construction and energy sectors – and explore how collective action can ensure greater transparency and promote sustainable development.

 

November

Local Network Regional Meeting Americas

5-6 November 
Medellín, Colombia

Walid Nagi
nagi@un.org
 
Local Networks
 

Global Compact Local Network contact persons from the region will gather to discuss key processes and concepts, including global-local collaboration and the role of the Local Networks in the Business Engagement Architecture. Consultations will also be held on governance and engagement to help inform regional and local efforts around the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda.

 

3rd PRME MENA Regional Forum

9-11 November 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Florencia Librizzi
librizzi@unglobalcompact.org
 
PRME
 

PRME participants from the Middle East and North Africa will meet at the University of Dubai to discuss corporate sustainability in business and management education. Special sessions will focus on faculty development and advancement of the PRME MENA Chapter. Visit the PRME website for more information.

 

4th PRME Asia Forum

14-15 November
Manila, Philippines

Florencia Librizzi
librizzi@unglobalcompact.org
PRME
 

This annual meeting of PRME participants in Asia will provide an opportunity to discuss advancement of corporate sustainability issues in business and management education and further the establishment of a PRME Chapter in Asia. Visit the PRME website for more information.

 

3rd PRME Australia/New Zealand Regional Forum

18-21 November
Hopuhopu, New Zealand

Florencia Librizzi
librizzi@unglobalcompact.org
PRME
 

PRME participants from Australia and New Zealand will meet at the University of Waikato Management School to discuss corporate sustainability in business and management education.  Visit the PRME website for more information.

 

Caring for Climate Business Forum: Innovation. Ambition. Collaboration

19-20 November
Warsaw, Poland

Jayoung Park
park10@un.org

For the first time, the Global Compact, UNEP and the UNFCCC secretariat are organizing the Caring for Climate Business Forum during COP19/CMP9. The Forum seeks to serve as a channel for the private sector to make genuine contributions to climate change negotiations annually and will provide business and investors a platform for exchange and collaboration with governments, civil society and UN through numerous thematic sessions linked to the UNFCCC agenda including a high-level roundtable meeting. The Forum will also serve as the Annual meeting of Caring for Climate Signatories. Participation is by invitation only. Visit the Business Forum website for more information.

 

Local Network Regional Meeting Europe

20-22 November 
Madrid, Spain

Walid Nagi
nagi@un.org
Local Networks
 

Global Compact Local Network contact persons from Europe will meet to discuss the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda and the strategic role of the Global Compact. Consultations will also be held on governance and engagement to help inform regional and local efforts around the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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Last updated: 25 November 2013