2016 is a year of action: the United Nations, Governments, Business and Civil Society are coming together to jump-start progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2016 the UN Private Sector Forum focused on the role of business in advancing sustainable development to prevent global instability. Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Forum was organized in collaboration with the Co-Chairs of the United Nations High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly to address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants.
Examines how institutional investors across the world are beginning to interact with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and paint an early picture of investors’ current and future plans to engage with these Goals. The study also identifies barriers investors face to supporting the SDGs, and provides recommendations for how these could be overcome.
The UN Global Compact-Accenture Strategy CEO Study represents more than a decade of research on sustainable business. Published every three years, it is the largest study of CEO attitudes to sustainability globally. The Study traces the development of corporate motivations in engaging with environmental, social and governance issues in core business.
Held in observance of International Women's Day, the 2016 WEPs Annual Event, Business Partners for Gender Equality: Multipliers for Development, brought together inspirational business leaders, including innovative female entrepreneurs, with civil society, the UN and Government, to scale-up business action and unleash the full potential of women and girls. Through high-level panels and interactive sessions, participants dove into how diverse companies around the world are implementing the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and helping to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set forth in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Helps investors understand the sustainable development goals and how financial markets can support sustainable development. The report is intended to allow investors to learn, engage and collaborate on sustainable development goal focused activities in order to promote long-term sustainability.
Provides an overview of findings of the report released jointly by the UN Global Compact and EY “The State of Sustainable Supply Chains: Building Responsible and Resilient Supply Chains”. The discussion will review corporate approaches and governance structures being used to operationalize sustainability in the supply chain. It will also offer actions that companies can take to embed sustainability in their supply chains.
Urges Governments to implement the State Duty to protect human rights. It was drafted by the leading business associations involved in the business and human rights.
On 12 December 2016, António Guterres was sworn in as the next United Nations Secretary-General. In his vision for the post, Mr. Guterres - a former Prime Minister of Portugal and UN High Commissioner for Refugees - has said that the world body is uniquely placed to connect the dots to overcome global challenges and further strengthen the nexus between peace and security, sustainable development and human rights policies.
The Child Labour Platform (CLP), a business-led, cross sectoral forum for exchange and collaboration to tackle child labour in supply chains, holds a webinar for its members and those of the UN Global Compact Human Rights and Labour Working Group. The discussion, Decent Work in Global Supply Chains, identifies the key topics of debate among the Committee members and assesses the implications of the Committee’s far reaching conclusions for the ILO’s current and future work related to GSCs.
Aims to help Global Compact Local Networks get involved in their country's development of a National Action Plan on business and Human Rights. The guide provides basic information about National Action Plans, outlines the countries that have or are in the process of developing them, sets out the various opportunities available to Local Networks to get engaged, and lists additional resources that can be referred to for more information.
Investors are increasingly looking at ESG factors to minimize risks and help identify business opportunities. Join the discussion between a LEAD company and the Principles for Responsible Investment on the value of ESG considerations. During the discussion 2 key resources will be highlighted; the recently launched PRI guide '"Practical Guide to ESG integration for Equity Investment" aimed to help investors on how to use ESG data, and the Value Driver Model tool which utilizes key business metrics to determine the return on investment of corporate sustainability activities.
Beyond the basic obligation for ensuring occupational health and safety, companies have enormous potential to positively advance the health and well-being of their workforce. Work-related non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, chronic respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes in addition to work-related mental ill-health and stress negatively affect worker productivity. This webinar explores the opportunities related to SDG 3 through advancing health, well-being and equity in the workplace, including employees and workers in the value chain. Speakers provided examples of how promoting health and well-being in the workplace together with decent occupational health and safety is good for employees and employers alike.