Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere.
As social, political and economic challenges (and opportunities) — whether occurring at home or in other regions — affect business more than ever before, many companies recognize the need to collaborate and partner with governments, civil society, labour and the United Nations.
This ever-increasing understanding is reflected in the Global Compact's rapid growth. With over 8700 corporate participants and other stakeholders from over 130 countries, it is the largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative in the world.
Endorsed by chief executives, the Global Compact is a practical framework for the development, implementation, and disclosure of sustainability policies and practices, offering participants a wide spectrum of workstreams, management tools and resources — all designed to help advance sustainable business models and markets. (See How to Participate.)
Overall, the Global Compact pursues two complementary objectives:
Mainstream the ten principles in business activities around the world
Catalyze actions in support of broader UN goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
With these objectives in mind, the Global Compact has shaped an initiative that provides collaborative solutions to the most fundamental challenges facing both business and society. The initiative seeks to combine the best properties of the UN, such as moral authority and convening power, with the private sector’s solution-finding strengths, and the expertise and capacities of a range of key stakeholders.
The Global Compact is global and local; private and public; voluntary yet accountable.
The benefits of engagement include the following:
Adopting an established and globally recognized policy framework for the development, implementation, and disclosure of environmental, social, and governance policies and practices.
Sharing best and emerging practices to advance practical solutions and strategies to common challenges.
Advancing sustainability solutions in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including UN agencies, governments, civil society, labour, and other non-business interests.
Linking business units and subsidiaries across the value chain with the Global Compact's Local Networks around the world — many of these in developing and emerging markets.
Accessing the United Nations' extensive knowledge of and experience with sustainability and development issues.
Utilizing UN Global Compact management tools and resources, and the opportunity to engage in specialized workstreams in the environmental, social and governance realms.
A more detailed analysis of the benefits of participation in the Global Compact can be found in The Importance of Voluntarism — which also focuses on the importance of the Global Compact as a complement rather than substitute for regulatory regimes
Finally, the Global Compact incorporates a transparency and accountability policy known as the Communication on Progress (COP). The annual posting of a COP is an important demonstration of a participant's commitment to the UN Global Compact and its principles. Participating companies are required to follow this policy, as a commitment to transparency and disclosure is critical to the success of the initiative. Failure to communicate will result in a change in participant status and possible expulsion.
In summary, the Global Compact exists to assist the private sector in the management of increasingly complex risks and opportunities in the environmental, social and governance realms, seeking to embed markets and societies with universal principles and values for the benefit of all.
UN Global Compact Brochure
After the Signature – An Introduction to the Global Compact
The Inspirational Guide to Implementing the Global Compact
Global Compact Annual Review – 2010
Global Compact Annual Review – Anniversary Edition
Global Compact Annual Review 2008
Global Compact Annual Review 2007
Letter to Global Compact Stakeholders (2010 – 2011)
The Importance of Voluntarism
Core UN Agencies
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Environment Programme
International Labour Organization
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Monday, April 9, 2012
MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (MDG) 2015 AND YOU!
By Andrew Williams, Jr.
As the Director of International Media Relations, I am pleased to introduce and host TRN International News, our media program to be distributed over IPTV, radio, mobile and satellite. I will be leading an exchange in global communication that demonstrates the full capabilities of using technology to bridge the digital divide, employ online and offline multi-lingual, multinational, multi-cultural social media marketing strategies, tools, and resources to promote microfinance, social justice, economic empowerment, the environment, education, self-employment, and business incubation .
These objectives are in compliance with the Global Compact to progress the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals 2015 Project. The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
Upcoming shows will include live teleconference/webinars with simultaneous outputs utilizing the LCE Black Box on TRN.tv Portal #001, accompanying Twitter accounts, blog spots, Circles and Fan Pages for each MDG supporter to exchange with audiences and hosts globally.
We are asking all interested audiences, sponsors, producers and hosts to pick 1- 3 MDGs that matter most to you and support our efforts to improve results through this global partnership for development.
By joining, participating, and sharing we all can contribute to achieving and surpassing the expectations for MDG 2015. You can help make the world better for all of us here on Earth now and in the future.
Everyone is invited to participate. Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with bios and introductions on your area(s) of interest in the Millennium Development Goals 1-8. See Page 5 for MDG descriptions.
Check back for my new blog coming soon.
United Nations MDG:
AJ Action Team: http://ajactionteam.org
UN Global Partnership Information: http://globalcompact.org
Global City Diplomacy Network: http://sister-cities.org
Ambassador Ayi Jihu, Friends of the United Nations and Global Flying Hospitals
8. Develop a global partnership for development
A. Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system
B. Address the special needs of least developed countries, landlocked countries and small island developing states
C. Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system
D Deal comprehensively with developing countries’ debt
E. In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries
F. In cooperation with the private sector, make available benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications
1: Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty
A. Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day
B. Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people
C. Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
2: Achieve universal primary education
Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
3: Promote gender equality and empower women
A Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015
4. Reduce child mortality
A. Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate
5. Improve Maternal Health
A. Reduce by three-quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio
B. Achieve universal access to reproductive health
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6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
A. Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
B. Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it
C. Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
A. Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs and reverse the loss of environmental resources
B. Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss
C. Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation
D. Have achieved by 2020 a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers