International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
The Foundation exists to support the work of the UN Global Compact Office and related activities.
Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact works toward the vision of a sustainable and inclusive global economy that delivers lasting benefits to people, communities and markets.
The Foundation is based on the principle that public-private collaboration is essential to find lasting solutions to pressing global problems.
The Foundation provides funds for Global Compact projects that seek to:
Raise awareness of the UN Global Compact;
Deepen engagement in the initiative by companies and other stakeholders; and
Assist participants in implementing the UN Global Compact's Ten Principles and undertaking partnerships.
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UN Global Compact
Throughout the year, the UN Global Compact Office engages in a wide array of projects - including events and publications - at the global level, intended to promote awareness of the initiative, deepen the level of engagement by companies and other stakeholders and to help participants in the process of implementing the ten principles.
The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability movement with 8,000 corporate
signatories and 4,000 other stakeholder from 145 countries – representing nearly every industry sector
and size, and hailing equally from developed and developing countries.
A number of issue platforms, sets of principles and global working groups have been developed to spur
action by companies and lead the way to new solutions and actions; such as, Caring for Climate, CEO Water Mandate, Women’s Empowerment Principles, Children’s Rights and Business Principles.
New platforms include Business for Peace, Business and Education, and Sustainable
Agriculture and Food Security.
Deeply connected to the initiative are the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) – with over
1,200 investors managing assets over US$ 34 trillion – and the Principles for Responsible Management
Education (PRME) – with over 500 academic institutions from nearly 80 countries. These sister initiatives
are bringing mainstream investors and business.
Companies based in 101 nations have convened to establish self-actualizing Global Compact Local Networks.
Local Networks serve an essential role in rooting the UN Global Compact within different national contexts–
and their distinct economic, cultural and linguistic needs.
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At the UN Global Compact, we believe it's possible to create a sustainable and inclusive global economy that delivers lasting benefits to people, communities and markets. It is our belief that by building public-private partnerships, business, government, the UN and civil society can work together to address the most pressing global problems. By raising awareness of the UN Global Compact's mission, assisting corporations in implementing the UN Global Compact's Ten Principles, and promoting best practices for sustainable, responsible business, we hope to change the way business is done around the world.
When working with companies, we utilize a five step approach to ensure meaningful engagement with the UN Global Compact and true commitment to implementing sustainable practices at all levels of business. First, companies must operate in alignment with the Ten Principles, second, they must take action to support society, third, they must engage with the local communities where they operate, forth, they must report on their efforts annually and, finally, they must show commitment to sustainable practices at the highest level of their organization. In addition, the UN Global Compact has created initiatives to engage companies on specific areas of sustainability. Through projects like Caring for Climate, the Women's Empowerment Principles, and CEO Water Mandate, companies make stronger commitments to projects that have a greater impact on the most pressing sustainability issues.
To help implement the five steps, the UN Global Compact acts as a resource for companies at all points in their process of becoming a sustainable business. Through events, the creation of best practices, and our published resources we hope to not only lend support to our established partners, but cultivate new ones. The use of Local Networks also helps us accomplish our goal by serving as a resource for our business partners. Local Networks help contextualize sustainability at a regional or national level so companies of all sizes can better understand what responsible business looks like locally. Additionally, the UN Global Compact has issue area teams that provide specialized resources and convene events to engage companies on specific issues of sustainability. Finally, our ability to bring business, civil society, and government leaders together is key to our success. Our relationship with the UN provides our organization with the unique opportunity to bring high-level stakeholders together to discuss global problems and find solutions.
We measure progress not just in how many companies join the UN Global Compact, but in the meaningful steps our private-sector partners take to become sustainable and responsible businesses. For example, in a 2013 survey to our partners, 83% said they had taken action to implement non-discrimination measures in their organizations and 48% implemented a specific anti-corruption code. Seeing the implementation of our principles is one of the best indicators of progress and highlights the success of our programs.
To access the UN Global Compact's organizational impact, we asked our partners what effect we have had on their efforts to become a more sustainable business. 65% said we played an important role in guiding their sustainability strategy and driving the implementation of their adopted policy. 60% also said we played an important role in motivating their company to engage with the UN and advance UN goals. Going forward, we will continue to survey our partners to measure the implementation of our principles and our organizational impact over time.
To date, the UN Global Compact has a network of 8,371 companies in over 162 countries. We work across a broad range of issue areas and help support over eighty five Local Networks that provide specialized regional or national guidance to our corporate partners. Our LEAD program has identified and engaged fifty companies, who serve as leaders in corporate responsibility and work with us to inform our projects. We have over eight hundred signatories on the Women's Empowerment Principles and over four hundred endorsements for the Caring for Climate initiative. But most importantly, we have seen an increase in the number of companies moving form recognizing changes that need to be made to become more sustainable businesses, to actually implementing these changes. These accomplishments have helped push sustainability forward in the private sector and fortified a strong relationship between our private partners and the UN. But clearly, there is still more to be done. We are still working to address the unique challenges small and medium companies face in becoming more sustainable. We are also continuing our efforts to integrate sustainability at all levels and in all aspects of business; from getting senior management and the board of directors involved in sustainability programs, to promoting sustainability practices throughout the supply chain. We have achieved so much since we were founded and we are excited to continue our good work into the future.
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