Lead the way to a sustainable future -
for everyone

Take the next step and join over 20,000 + companies across the world in an effort to build a better tomorrow.

Business applicant

Give back to society by making a statement and a commitment to your values, paving the way to your company’s long-term success.

Non-Business applicant

Further your partnership projects while holding companies accountable to their commitments.

20,000+

businesses

3,800+

non-businesses

162

countries

91,000+

public reports

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CEOs agree sustainability is key to the long-term success of businesses
98%

think the role of a CEO is to make their business
more sustainable

80%

think it’s a route to competitive advantage in their industry

78%

think it’s an opportunity for growth and innovation

Source: UN global compact Accenture ceo study

Joining the UN Global Compact will enable your company to

Connect
Engage Locally

Take part in one of our more than 60 Local Networks.

Events and Conferences

Participate in flagship, regional and thematic events and conferences.

Learn
Guidance & Tools

Get access to the UN Global Compact library & take the next step on your sustainability journey.

Training

Join the UN Global Academy to enhance your knowledge & capabilities.

Peer Learning Groups

Participate in learning communities to connect, share & learn from each other.

Accelerators

Our Accelerators are designed to activate and support cohorts of companies to make progress on specific goal(s).

Lead
Think Labs

Shape UN Global Compact's thought leadership on critical sustainability issues and continuous performance improvement.

Policy Advocacy

Our policy advocacy activities connect relevant stakeholders & shape policy positions.

Call to Action Campaigns

Publicly support policy positions or join campaigns advocating for change.

Coalitions

These multi-stakeholder coalitions represent the real, significant impact we can make together in certain issue areas.

Communicate
The Communication on Progress (CoP)

The CoP is an annual disclosure on progress made made by business participants.

Communication on Engagement (CoE)

The CoE discloses specific activities that a non-business participant takes in support of the UN Global Compact.

Recognition Programmes

Get recognized for the work you do through our Recognition Programmes.

Participant Profile

Showcase your company’s CoP or CoE and commitment to sustainability.

Why do companies participate in the UN Global Compact?
81%

attribute their progress on sustainability work to participating in the Global Compact

96%

agree that the private sector plays a crucial role in achieving the SDGs

98%

believe the role of a CEO is to make their business more sustainable

Source: UN global compact Accenture ceo study

What’s the commitment?

1

Ensuring transparency by disclosing your sustainability efforts

BUSINESS PARTICIPANTS

The Communication on Progress (CoP)

The Communication on Progress (COP) is a yearly commitment to the UN Global Compact values and principles.

non-BUSINESS PARTICIPANTS

The Communication on Engagement (CoE)

The Communication on Engagement (COE) is a biennial commitment to the UN Global Compact values and principles.

2

Making an annual financial commitment

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How to prepare for my application?

To apply, follow these steps:

1

READ THE GUIDE

The guide contains all the steps and information regarding your application and participation in the UN Global Compact

2

SIGN THE LETTER OF COMMITMENT

The Letter of Commitment is your pledge to implement the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, take action in support of the Sustainable Development Goals and submit an annual Communication on Progress (COP).

3

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Once you’ve got all the required information prepared and the Letter of Commitment signed by your CEO, you can fill-in your application

Contact the Participant Engagement Team for help with your application

the ten principles

Sustainability starts with a value system and a principles-based approach to doing business

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HUMAN RIGHTS
1

Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.

2

Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

labour
LABOUR
3

Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.

4

Businesses should uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.

5

Businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labour.

6

Businesses should uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

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ENVIRONMENT
7

Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.

8

Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.

9

Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

ANTI-CORRUPTION
10

Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

the 17 sdgs

A powerful aspiration for improving our world

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Join the United Nations
Global Compact

Business applicant

Give back to society by making a statement and a commitment to your values, paving the way to your company’s long-term success.

non-Business applicant

Further your partnership projects while holding companies accountable to their commitments.
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