UN Global Compact Monthly Bulletin

The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, actions you can take, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look at this monthly communication for important information. Please note that actions and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders, unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

UN Global Compact Monthly Bulletin

June 2021

The UN Global Compact hosted its biggest Leaders Summit ever - more than 20,000 attendees from more than 180 countries tuned in for the 26 hours of continuous virtual programming aimed at increasing corporate ambition to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and net-zero by 2050. Read more »

May 2021

More than 10,000 business leaders have registered for the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit on 15–16 June. Our flagship event will address the converging global crises of climate change, the pandemic, worsening inequality and corruption in order to offer a roadmap for a sustainable recovery.Read more »

April 2021

With more than 500 companies already committed to the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign, the UN Global Compact has launched the Climate Ambition Accelerator, a six-month learning programme to equip more companies with the knowledge and skills they need to help halve global emissions by 2030 and to reach net-zero by 2050... Read more »

March 2021

Chief Executives from 16 corporations – including Anheuser-Busch InBev, Cargill, Diageo, Dow Inc, Ecolab, Gap Inc., Kurita Water Industries Ltd, PVH Corp, Starbucks, alongside The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, GlaxoSmithKline plc., Heineken, IHG, Levi Strauss & Co., and Woolworths Holdings – pledged in an open letter to improve the way they use and manage water to ensure ample and resilient freshwater resources for all... Read more »

February 2021

UN Secretary-General António Guterres and UN Women’s Phumzile Mlabo-Ngcuka will join the CEOs of MetLife, Natura, PVH, LADOL Nigeria, Klabin, Dentsu International, PT Supra Boga Lestari and Starlight Media as speakers at our TARGET GENDER EQUALITY LIVE event on 16 March. Other confirmed speakers include the Vice President of Costa Rica, Executive Vice Chair of MasterCard and the Academic Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School.. Read more »

January 2021

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, Chair of the Board of the UN Global Compact, announced a new three-year strategic plan to increase and accelerate corporate sustainability and principled business. With the pandemic and ongoing climate crisis undoing much of the progress the world has achieved since adopting the SDGs in 2015, the new UN Global Compact strategy calls on the global business community to increase its contribution to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement... Read more »

December 2020

The UN Global Compact reached a broader and more engaged audience this year thanks to a successful 20th anniversary campaign, a well-executed leadership transition and an emphasis on digital communications and events as we navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. The shift from in-person to virtual events for our 20th anniversary Leaders Summit in June and Uniting Business LIVE during UN General Assembly week in September resulted in the best attendance, best media coverage and best social media reach that the Compact has ever achieved....Read more »

November 2020

The death of João Alberto Silveira Freitas following a barbaric assault at the hands of security guards at a supermarket in Porto Alegre, Brazil is yet another wake up call for private sector companies everywhere of their role in protecting human rights. Following global outrage in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the United States, the fact that Mr. Freitas, an Afro-Brazilian, died on the eve of Black Consciousness Day in Brazil makes it all the more poignant of a reminder that racism continues to be a constant challenge to our progress....Read more »

October 2020

Nearly 10,000 people working for UN Global Compact-participating companies and organizations worldwide have contributed images and messages to celebrate the 75th birthday of the United Nations and the 20th anniversary of the UN Global Compact.....Read more »

September 2020

More than 12,000 business and sustainability experts joined Government, Civil Society and UN leaders for Uniting Business LIVE from 21–23 September, the UN Global Compact’s virtual (and most sustainable ever) event to mark the opening of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly....Read more »

August 2020

To mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, we are calling on our network of CEOs to demonstrate private sector support for inclusive multilateralism by signing on to a Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation. Hundreds of business leaders have already signed and the full list of CEO supporters will be presented to the UN Secretary-General during the Private Sector Forum...Read more »

July 2020

Two decades ago, on 26 July 2000, the United Nations Global Compact was officially launched by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. What started off with 44 private sector participants, two labour organizations, 12 civil society representatives and six business associations has now grown into a global corporate sustainability movement led by more than 11,000 companies and 3,400 non-business participants united in the business of a better world. .... Read more »

June 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Presidents of Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica and Ethiopia joined the UN Secretary-General, dozens of Chief Executive Officers and UN chiefs at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit on 15 and 16 June to address the private sector’s response to three global crises — health, inequality and climate change.... Read more »

May 2020

The UN Global Compact’s 20th Anniversary Leaders Summit will take place virtually on 15–16 June and be bigger, better and more inclusive than any physical event. More than 10,000 sustainability leaders have already registered. Our high-level programme will “chase the sun” allowing our participants and Global Compact Local Networks to participate in their own time zones.... Read more »

April 2020

The UN Global Compact Academy kicked off this month by launching a special series of high level webinars hosting senior leadership from both the private and public sectors to hear insights on how to tackle the immediate and upcoming challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more »

March 2020

To help drive responsible corporate action, the United Nations Global Compact is #UnitingBusiness to respond to COVID-19 and providing guidance and support to companies everywhere. For every decision maker, the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact provide ideas and inspiration during uncertain times.... Read more »

February 2020

The UN Global Compact and UN partners are calling on business leaders everywhere to unite to support communities and companies affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. A coordinated international plan involving the business sector will be critical in efforts to support countries and companies affected and limit further disruption. In the spirit of responsibility, solidarity and international cooperation, the UN Global Compact is encouraging businesses everywhere to take immediate action to support affected communities and businesses in their time of need... Read more »

January 2020

Launched at Davos this month, SDG Ambition will challenge thousands of companies to raise their level of ambition to meet the needs of society by fully integrating sustainability into business strategy and operations. The world is not delivering progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the pace and scale needed. The initiative aims to empower and equip participating companies to develop and implement innovative business strategies that significantly increase their positive impact on the SDGs.... Read more »

December 2019

The UN Global Compact welcomes the issuance in Europe of the first general-purpose SDG Linked Bond — an innovative corporate financial instrument that aims to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. The €2.5 billion multi-tranche bond released by the multinational energy company Enel on Thursday was almost four times oversubscribed signalling strong demand for SDG-related investment opportunities. It follows the company’s first SDG Linked Bond issued on the American market in September, which raised US$ 1.5 billion.... Read more »

November 2019

On November 26, the high level United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights to be held in Geneva will address how the business sector can help advance sustainability practices.... Read More..

October 2019

The UN Global Compact welcomes the issuance in Europe of the first general-purpose SDG Linked Bond — an innovative corporate financial instrument that aims to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs... Read more »

September 2019

The UN Global Compact Leaders Week, from 23 to 26 September, will provide business leaders with an opportunity to meet with Government, civil society and youth leaders to identify clear actions to respond to the climate crisis and accelerate the SDGs... Read more »

August 2019

Recognizing the key role that companies play in driving progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Global Compact will bring the world’s leading Chief Executives and corporate sustainability experts to the UN Headquarters in New York for the UN Global Compact Leaders Week 2019, a series of participant events convened alongside the 74th session of the UN General Assembly week in September... Read more »