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Title: THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT


1
THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT
  • MODULE 1
  • ENVIRONMENTAL PRINCIPLES

2
INTRODUCTIONS AND ICE BREAKER
3
The Global Compact
  • Course Objectives
  • 1. To introduce the Global Compact and its three
    environmental principles for existing and new
    members to the Compact, as well as for
    prospective signatories
  • 2. To convince managers that it is in their
    companys interests to undertake activities in
    support of the Global Compact
  • 3. To help companies to develop strategies and
    programmes that support the three principles

4
The Global Compact
  • Course Structure
  • Module 1 Introducing the Global Compact (GC)
  • Module 2 Business Case for the GC Environmental
    Principles
  • Module 3 Understanding the GC Environmental
    Principles
  • Module 4 From Principle to Practice
  • Module 5 Business and Sustainability
    Initiatives An Overview

5
The Global Compact
  • Background to the GC
  • Announced in a speech by UN Secretary General
    Kofi Annan at the World Economic Forum in Davos,
    Switzerland, in 1999
  • I propose that you, the business leaders, and
    we, the United Nations, initiate a global compact
    of shared values and principles, which will give
    a human face to the global market.

6
The Global Compact
  • Understanding the UN Global Compact
  • An international initiative designed to bring
    companies together with UN agencies, labour,
    NGOs, and other civil society actors with the aim
    of fostering action and partnerships for a more
    sustainable and inclusive global economy
  • Relies on the enlightened self-interest of
    companies, labour organisations and civil society
    bodies to initiate and share substantive action
    in pursuing the principles
  • Seeks to provide a contextual framework to
    encourage innovation, creative solutions, and
    good practices among participants

7
The Global Compact
  • Benefits of participating in the Global Compact
  • Provides access to practical solutions to
    globalisation, sustainable development and CSR
    problems
  • By engaging, business leaders demonstrate
    leadership with regards to responsible corporate
    citizenship
  • Provides companies with access to UN expertise
  • Offers simple framework for engagement without
    expensive certification and intrusive monitoring

8
The Global Compact
  • Ten principles based on inter-governmental
    agreements
  • Human Rights
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Labour
  • ILO Declaration of Fundamental Principles
    Rights at Work
  • Environment
  • Rio Declaration on the Environment
  • Anti-corruption
  • UN Convention Against Corruption

9
The Global Compact
  • The Environmental Principles
  • Business should
  • 7. Support a precautionary approach to
    environmental challenges
  • 8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater
    environmental responsibility
  • 9. Encourage the development and diffusion of
    environmentally friendly technologies

10
The Global Compact
  • Key characteristics of the Global Compact
  • A learning approach
  • A diversity of actors and approaches
  • A decentralised network

11
The Global Compact Key Characteristics
  • A Learning Approach
  • Learning focus on how business can respect
    universal values
  • Many ways to achieve goals
  • Underlying objective of encouraging innovation
    and creative solutions

12
The Global Compact Key Characteristics
  • Diversity of Actors and Approaches
  • Companies
  • Business organisations
  • Workers organisations
  • NGOs (Human Rights, Environment, Development)
  • Academic Institutions
  • United Nations and the ILO

13
The Global Compact Key Characteristics
  • A Decentralised Network
  • The UN Global Compact Office (in New York) and
    various agency focal points
  • Not a large bureaucracy
  • The Global Compact relies on the actions of those
    involved

14
The Global Compact
  • The UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and
    Economics
  • Key activity areas of the UNEP DTIE
  • Chemicals management http//www.chem.une
    p.ch/
  • Ozone management http//www.uneptie.org/
    ozonaction/
  • Energy and transport http//www.uneptie.
    org/energy/
  • Environmentally sound technologies
    http//www.unep.or.jp/
  • Economics, finance and trade
    http//www.unep.ch/etu/index.htm
  • Sustainable production consumption
    http//www.uneptie.org/pc/home.htm
  • Industry outreach partnerships
    http//www.uneptie.org/outreach/business/business.
    htm

15
The Global Compact Key Characteristics
  • The Global Compact is not
  • A code of conduct
  • A mechanism to check compliance
  • A mandatory set of guidelines
  • A regulatory system
  • An attempt to shift governmental responsibilities
    to business

16
The Global Compact
  • Useful Additional References
  • UN Global Compact Resource Package
  • www.uneptie.org/pc/pc/tools/globalcompact.htm
  • Raising the Bar (edited by Fussler, C 2004)
  • Employers Guide to the Global Compact
  • Developed by International Organisation of
    Employers (2001)
  • www.ioe-emp.org/ioe_emp/pdf/
  • Global Compact Self-assessment Tool
  • Developed by Business for Social Responsibility
    (2004)
  • www.bsr.org
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