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Business Participation

The United Nations Global Compact presents a unique strategic platform for participants to advance their commitments to sustainability and corporate citizenship. Structured as a public–private initiative, the Global Compact offers a policy framework for the development, implementation and disclosure of sustainability principles and practices related to its four core areas: human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. Indeed, managing the enterprise risks and opportunities related to these areas is today a widely understood aspect of long-term "value creation" — value creation that can simultaneously benefit the private sector and societies at large.With over 12,000 business participants and other stakeholders from more than 145 countries, the

Global Compact offers participants a wide spectrum of specialized workstreams, management tools and resources, and topical programmes and projects — all designed to help advance sustainable business models and markets in order to contribute to the initiative's overarching objective of helping to build a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.

The Corporate Commitment

The Global Compact is a leadership initiative, involving a commitment by a company's Chief Executive Officer (or equivalent), and supported by the highest-level Governance body of the organization (eg, the Board).

Participation in the Global Compact is a widely visible commitment to the implementation, disclosure, and promotion of its ten universal principles. A company joining the initiative is expected to:

    1. Make the Global Compact and its principles an integral part of business strategy, day-to-day operations and organizational culture;
    2. Incorporate the Global Compact and its principles in the decision-making processes of the highest-level governance body (i.e. Board);
    3. Contribute to broad development objectives (including the Millennium Development Goals) through core business activities, advocacy, philanthropy and partnerships
    4. Communicate publicly (through its annual report or other public document such as a sustainability report) the ways in which it implements the principles and supports broader development objectives – also known as the Communication on Progress; 
    5. Advance the Global Compact and the case for responsible business practices through advocacy and active outreach to peers, partners, clients, consumers and the public at large.

Non-Business Participation

Non-business participants are an integral to the UN Global Compact. They contribute much needed perspective and expertise that complements the efforts of business participants. Our non-business participants include entities such as civil society organizations, business associations, labour organizations, academic institutions and cities.  Each offer knowledge and thought leadership in shaping special initiatives and workstreams; developing tools and research; setting international labour standards; furthering partnership projects; and helping to hold business accountable with respect to their commitments to the Global Compact and its ten principles.

This section of our website introduces the various categories of non-business entities and how each entity can participate in and engage with the Global Compact. On 31 October 2013 the Global Compact introduced a Communication on Engagement (COE) for non-business participants. The COE is a tool for non-business participants to communicate the ways in which they support the Global Compact.

The COE, to be submitted to the Global Compact website every two years, is a disclosure of specific activities that a non-business participant takes in support of the Global Compact and its results. In this section you will find the suggested list of activities for each type of non-business Global Compact participant.

      1. Academic Participation
      2. Business Associations
      3. Cities
      4. Civil Society
      5. Labour
      6. Public Sector Organizations 

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We appreciate your interest in the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative.

Please follow the outlined steps to ensure the successful submission of your application. We look forward to working with you towards strengthening corporate citizenship.