Lawyers are increasingly expected to raise ethical and moral—as well as legal— considerations faced by their client transnational corporations as a matter of professional responsibility. In turn, they often serve a “moral leadership” role. Leadership involves perceiving challenges and opportunities just over the horizon. This Good Practice Note aims: (1) to illustrate how transnational corporations' in- house corporate counsel are perfectly situated to propel their corporations to adopt practices that ensure respect for human rights; and (2) to encourage this positive role by concisely highlighting key lessons learned and good practices.
Corporations increasingly are embracing the dual challenges of maximizing profits while also promoting the protection of human rights. The latter is at the core of corporate social responsibility and it holds the promise of being good for business. Corporate strategic philanthropy plays a central role in this dual mission of profitability and responsibility. This Good Practice Note provides the context for and offers recommendations relating to each of these elements while demonstrating how corporations are using the shift from traditional philanthropy to strategic philanthropy in the most valuable and measurable way.
Identifies leading corporate practices in key sustainability areas – and the wide spectrum of ideas presented at the Forum on innovations, collaborations and public policy recommendations. The report showcases approximately 200 commitments to action announced by corporate leaders, over 50 new tools and resources, and media coverage of the Forum.
Provides an overview of the intergovernmental UN post-2015 process and how the UN Global Compact is supporting it.
Marking the official opening of the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum, this session will emphasize the critical need for increased uptake and action to advance corporate sustainability. Participants learn about the Forum objectives and are presented with existing examples of innovation and collaboration aimed to inspire them as they prepare for the following two days.
Experts from the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour discuss research on global trends in the realization of this fundamental human right, including an analysis of important developments in the business contribution to the elimination of child labour.
Better Work is a unique partnership programme which aims to improve both compliance with labour standards and promote competitiveness in global supply chains. The programme involves both the development of global tools and the implementation of country-level services. This webinar presents an overview of how Better Work engages managers and workers as part of factory-level assessment, advisory and training services, and will explain how national Project Advisory Committees promote local ownership of improvements in the industry.
This webinar discussed the inclusion of workers with disabilities in the workplace. Participants were introduced to the ILO Global Business and Disability Network, and learned how the ILO Code of Practice for Managing Disability in the Workplace can serve as a guide for their disability inclusion policies and efforts. This was an updated presentation of the June 2011 webinar and was scheduled for participants in the Asia region.
Framed around the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, this webinar focuses particularly on the relevance these Principles have and the guidance they suggest for business seeking to respect and support children’s rights in their supply chains. The webinar also includes good practice examples from business.
Co-hosted by CSR Europe and the UN Global Compact, this webinar highlights the challenges in monitoring and auditing suppliers beyond tier 1, as well as the opportunities in addressing suppliers down the supply chain. It explores the implications for business and provides insight into company practice and existing initiatives related to addressing suppliers beyond Tier 1.
Gives an overview of the COP Policy and explains the Differentiation Programme, with a special emphasis on the GC Active level. It covers the minimum COP requirements, deadline extension and modification, and online submission.
There is a strong business case for improving the rates of female representation on boards and at senior executive levels. This brief provides guidance on integrating gender equality into all management selection processes and calls on companies to assure sufficient participation of women – 30% or greater – in decision-making and governance at all levels and across all business areas.