United Nations Global Compact

Monthly Bulletin

May 2014

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Global Compact Develops Issue Briefing Series Addressing Post-2015 Development Agenda

The briefing series outlines the critical role business has to play in achieving sustainable development goals and highlights the willingness of the business community to support the efforts of Governments and civil society in creating a more sustainable and equitable world. Issue briefs are available on the following global priority issues:

- Climate & Energy
- Education
- Food & Agriculture
- Governance & Human Rights
- Health
- Infrastructure & Technology
- Peace & Stability
- Poverty
- Water & Sanitation
- Women's Empowerment

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Corporate Water Stewardship Focus of CEO Water Mandate Conference in Peru

The CEO Water Mandate convened an international water stewardship conference (9 April, Lima) as part of a four-day event focusing on stewardship, collective action and the Post-2015 Development Agenda in relation to water and sanitation challenges in Peru. Approximately 200 senior representatives from the public sector, international and local business, civil society, academia and other interests attended.
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Cities Programme Events Focus on Innovation, Poverty and Urban Agriculture at World Urban Forum

As part of this year´s World Urban Forum (11 April, Medellín), the Global Compact Cities Programme convened four sessions, highlighting cross-cutting urban issues such as city innovation, food security, urban poverty and housing.
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Global Compact Commemorates New Book on Responsible Leadership by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart

The Global Compact welcomed the U.S. launch of Responsible Leadership: Lessons From the Front Line of Sustainability and Ethics, a new book by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of the Foundation for the Global Compact and Vice Chair of the Global Compact Board. At a special event (28 April, New York) at UN Headquarters, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson thanked Sir Mark for his long-standing support in serving the values and principles of the UN.
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April Updates


Call for Input: Business Engagement in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Global Compact, together with UNIDO, has launched an online consultation process on “Engaging with the Private Sector” in the Post-2015 Agenda at the global, regional and national levels. Input will help shape recommendations to the UN Secretary-General and Member States as they decide on a Post-2015 Agenda.

All Global Compact participants are encouraged to join the consultation process through participating in an online survey and moderated discussions at:

Call for Examples: Business for the Rule of Law

The Global Compact, in collaboration with the Atlantic Council and LexisNexis and in consultation with the UN Rule of Law Unit, is developing a statement on business for the rule of law (B4ROL). B4ROL aims to provide guidance on how companies are able to support the rule of law in the regions in which they operate, particularly where the rule of law is not well established.

Global Compact companies are invited to submit examples of how they are supporting the rule of law in their business operations and relationships to rol@unglobalcompact.org. To learn more, please contact Christina Koulias (koulias@unglobalcompact.org).

Call for Comments: World Federation of Exchanges Proposed Extra-Financial Reporting Requirements

Institutional investors have put forth a proposal to the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) – a trade association of 62 publicly regulated stock, futures and options exchanges – that would require extra-financial disclosure among companies listed on member exchanges. The Global Compact is gathering business input on the draft proposal to share with the WFE's Sustainability Working Group.

Publicly listed Global Compact business participants are invited to share their opinions on the proposal by 27 June 2014. View more information.

Sign Open Letter: Call on Academic Institutions to Incorporate Human Rights in Management Education

An Open Letter developed by the Human Rights and Labour Working Group and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) calls on academic institutions to educate future managers and leaders on business and human rights.

All stakeholders, especially business, are invited to show their commitment to advancing business and human rights by signing the letter individually or on behalf of their respective organization, if authorized. The Open Letter is available in English, Français, Español, Português and 中文. To sign, please send an e-mail to humanrights@unglobalcompact.org confirming your support and the capacity (individual or organization) in which you sign.


April Figures

97 companies and 28 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact

41 companies were expelled for failing to communicate on progress

The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were:

  • Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • JSL (Brazil)
  • Lend Lease Group (Australia)
  • Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. (Japan)
  • Nabtesco Corporation (Japan)
  • Kemira Oyj (Finland)
  • Aderans Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • Doosan Corporation (Korea)
  • N Brown Group plc (United Kingdom)
  • Seidor S.A (Spain)

Total Figures as of 30 April

Business participants: 8,075

Non-business participants: 4,237

COPs submitted: 25,423

Expelled business participants: 4,428


UN Global Compact Business Partnership Hub

An interactive, online platform designed to connect businesses with potential partners in support of UN goals and issues. Visit the site to find new partners for your projects, or join existing projects, in the areas of anti-corruption, climate and energy, social enterprise and water, and connect with potential partners in the UN system through the UN-Business Partnership Hub. Learn more and join now.

Summary Report on Cybercrime and Human Rights

Summarizes the outcomes of a Global Compact/Global Initiative on Transnational Organized Crime webinar that explored threats posed by cybercrime to businesses and individuals and how these infringe on basic human rights. 




Children's Rights and Business Principles - Annual Conference (Nairobi)
REQUEST AN INVITATION – The Second Annual Global Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) event will take stock of the past two years of achievements in relation to the principles with a special focus on Africa. Please contact childrensprinciples@unglobalcompact.org to express interest in attending.


How to Tackle the Unconscious Mind for Inclusive Behavior (12 May, online, 10:00 am EDT)


Building Bridges: The Business Case for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (20 May, New York)
OPEN INVITATION – Hosted by the Global Compact, First Peoples Worldwide, and Future500, this workshop is designed to provide corporate participants with tools to reduce risk and strengthen genuine engagement with indigenous peoples. Attendees may also have the opportunity to attend a side event of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (21 May) where the Business Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be presented. Please contact Michelle Lau (lau@unglobalcompact.org) or visit the registration site for more information.


Crowdfunding for Impact- New Approaches to Impact Investing (online, 9:30 am EDT)


Religious Freedom is Good for Business (online, 8:00 am EDT)


Respecting and Supporting Women throughout the Value Chain (online, 9:00 am EDT)


A Global Compact for Foundations (online, 9:30 am EDT)


Google Hangout on Youth Employment, Skills and Entrepreneurship (online, 9:30 am EDT)



Sustainable Energy for All Forum (New York)


Global Compact XII Annual Local Networks Forum and UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting (Addis Ababa)


Corporate-Social Enterprise Collaborations to Build a Resilient Supply Chain (online, 9:00 am EDT)



CEO Water Mandate Multi-Stakeholder Conference at World Water Week (Stockholm)



Global Compact Consultative Meeting with Industry and Trade Associations (New York)


United Nations Private Sector Forum (New York)



Local Network Regional Meeting Europe (Skopje)


Social Enterprise Collaboration Lab (TBC)



Local Network Regional Meeting Africa/MENA (TBC)



Caring for Climate Business Forum (Lima)


10th Anniversary of the 10th Principle against Corruption (New York)


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