SPARK is a global community designed for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) participating in the UN Global Compact, who are the critical drivers of job creation, poverty reduction and sustainable economic growth. SPARK facilitates the exchange of best practices with some of the most innovative and influential SMEs around the world, builds knowledge and internal capacity, and forms partnerships to accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By joining SPARK, members gain access to practical tools and robust networking opportunities, gaining actionable insights from industry leaders and UN Global Compact experts. Recognizing that SMEs often face competing priorities with limited resources, SPARK allows flexibility for members to complete live workshops and on-demand courses on adopting net-zero practices, securing access to finance, mainstreaming inclusion into their business practices, and fulfilling sustainability reporting requirements aligned with emerging regulations.

Based on their geographical location, members also benefit from a range of tailored case studies, region-specific workshops and events to better address their specific needs. All resources are available in a variety of languages on the UN Global Compact's online learning platform, the Academy, which is accessible from anywhere in the world.

Why Join?

  • Exchange ideas and best practices with like-minded peers across regions, to help you build the business case for sustainability in your company and seize market opportunities in the green economy
  • Receive tools and resources to align your organizational strategy with the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
  • Learn to tackle complex challenges such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, meeting sustainability reporting requirements, implementing net zero practices, and financing your sustainability strategy
  • Get exclusive access to live sessions, workshops and self-paced courses packed with the latest how-tos and actionable strategies to help you achieve your sustainability goals
  • Gain a competitive advantage and enhance your brand value by positioning your business as a preferred supplier for sustainable companies
  • Gain a certificate of completion from the UN Global Compact Academy for each related course you complete to share with your networks

Who Can Join?

SME participants (with less than 250 employees) of the UN Global Compact can become a member of SPARK community. Registrations are free and open year-round.

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What’s Next?

Stay tuned to this page for updates on upcoming live sessions, including a SPARK information session and regional deep dive sessions.

For any questions, please contact us at spark@unglobalcompact.org.

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