Programme Overview

Grappling with complex issues in an ever-changing sustainability landscape under mounting pressure from consumers and shareholders, sustainability professionals across the globe are looking for opportunities to connect with their peers for insights and knowledge sharing.

Peer Learning Groups at the UN Global Compact create a safe space for companies to share their best practices and challenges on critical sustainability issues with like-minded professionals, while gaining access to industry experts and unique networking opportunities.

Run in collaboration with Global Compact Local Networks, Peer Learning Groups in 2023 will focus on four priority issue tracks — climate action, gender equality, labour and human rights, and SMEs — with the goal of moving companies forward in taking ambitious action on these issues.

Through facilitated sessions, curated resources and group discussions, participants learn about the latest best practices in any given issue area in a trusted, regulated environment.

What you will Experience

  • Learn from the challenges other companies are facing
  • Share ideas about solutions that could help overcome those challenges
  • Identify trends on emerging innovations that may be applicable to your company contexts
  • Network with like-minded sustainability professionals

What you will gain

  • A safe space for challenging and courageous conversations, facilitated by the UN Global Compact
  • A community, network and support system of sustainability professionals and industry experts
  • Knowledge, insights and inspiration to advance your company’s sustainability journey

The Learning Experience

Peer Learning Groups in 2023 will focus on four priority issue tracks: climate action, gender equality, labour and human rights, and SMEs. Companies may choose to participate in a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 4 priority issue tracks. (Please see below for a list of issue tracks offered in your country.)

Each issue track encompasses 4-6 sessions annually. Sessions take place virtually, are facilitated by UN Global Compact staff, and bring together 20-60 participants from different industries and sectors in your region.

Leading up to each session, participants receive materials from the UN Global Compact to help them prepare. During the session, participants learn through case studies, breakout sessions, and discussion forms.

Sample Session Topics

Climate Action

  • Mitigation
  • Adaptation
  • Just Transition
  • Climate Action in the Supply Chain

Gender Equality

  • Women in Leadership
  • Equal Pay
  • Male Allies for Change
  • Gender-Inclusive Marketing & Communications

Labour and Human Rights

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Discrimination
  • Child and Forced Labour
  • Living Wage


  • Business Case for Sustainability
  • Human Rights
  • Labour Rights
  • Environment
  • Anti-Corruption

Upcoming Information Sessions

Join us on 18 January 2023 for a live Q&A session to learn how your company can advance their sustainability efforts by joining this programme. We invite you to register for the session that works best for you:

Session 1: 18 January 2023, 9:30 a.m. ET

18 January 2023, 11 a.m. ET (in Spanish/en Español)

18 January 2023, 9 p.m. ET

Interested in Participating?

To participate in the Peer Learning Groups programme, companies are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Be a participant of the UN Global Compact in good standing
  • Currently engaged with a Global Compact Local Network in your country or willing to join
  • Able to appoint two representatives that can commit to joining 4 to 6 sessions annually
  • Willing to candidly share, learn, and engage with peers. Active participation and active listening are key to peer-to-peer learning

Companies of all sizes and levels of advancement are encouraged to apply.

Participation in Peer Learning Groups is available on a first come, first serve basis. We encourage you to apply early.

Choose Your Priority Issue Track

Below is a list of priority issue tracks offered by Local Networks in 2023. Companies may choose to participate in a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 4 priority issue tracks. Don’t see your Local Network listed? Contact your Local Network to inquire about offering Peer Learning Groups in the future.



Applications Open:
30 November 2022

Application Deadline:
15 February 2023

Peer Learning Groups Begin:
March 2023
(Please check exact start dates with your Global Compact Local Network)

Do you have questions about the Peer Learning Groups? Please email peerlearning@unglobalcompact.orge.

Delivered through the UN Global Compact Academy.

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