The submission period for the voluntary 2023 Communication on Progress (CoP) will end on 1 March 2024 at 5 PM (ET). Participants wishing to publicly submit the voluntary 2023 CoP must access the digital platform through their participant dashboard by 1 March in order to do so.
The submission period for the mandatory 2024 CoP will open on 1 April and close on 31 July 2024. The 2024 CoP is a mandatory requirement and must be completed by all UN Global Compact business participants.
Benefits of the enhanced Communication on Progress
The enhanced CoP enables participating companies of the UN Global Compact to:
- Measure and demonstrate progress to stakeholders and the public on the Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals in a consistent and harmonized way;
- Build credibility and brand value by showing their commitment to the Ten Principles, and the Sustainable Development Goals;
- Receive insights, learn, and continuously improve performance by helping to identify gaps and inform goal-setting to improve sustainability performance year over year;
- Compare performance against peers through access to one of the largest sources of free, public, and comparable corporate sustainability data.
Prepare for the Communication on Progress
Learn more about the requirements, deadlines, and how to best prepare the CoP:
Step 1: Understand your requirements
The enhanced Communication on Progress (CoP) consists of two elements* that must be submitted through the CoP digital platform:
*For the 2024 reporting year, a sustainability report uploaded through the digital platform can be submitted in lieu of the CoP Questionnaire.
Step 2: Know your deadlines
The 2024 CoP submission period is 1 April at 9 AM (ET) to 31 July 2024 at 5 PM (ET).
Step 3: Prepare your report
Step 4: Complete and submit your CoP
Participants must submit the annual CoP through the CoP digital platform, accessible from the participant dashboard.
Please note that all data, including supplemental documentation that was submitted by a participating company through the CoP digital platform, will be made publicly available on the UN Global Compact website. This data may be used by the UN Global Compact in aggregate form to present trends or included in reports about the status of corporate sustainability. The UN Global Compact does not have any responsibility on the accuracy of the data submitted by its participating companies nor on how this public data will be used by other stakeholders.
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