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UN Global Compact Bulletin - May 2017

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New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

April Figures
121 companies and 21 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact
60 companies were expelled for failing to communicate on progress
The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were:
  • Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company (Japan)
  • Amgen, Inc. (United States of America)
  • Avnet, Inc. (United States of America)
  • Avianca (Colombia)
  • Turner & Townsend (United Kingdom)
  • AVARN Security Services AB (Sweden)
  • McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd (Australia)
  • Grupo Rotoplas S.A.B. de C.V.  (Mexico)
  • Alimak Group AB (Sweden)
  • Castel Freres SAS (France)
Total Figures as of 30 April
Business participants: 9,388
Non-business participants: 2,994
COPs submitted: 45,581
Expelled business participants: 7,034

NEWS & UPDATES

New Action Platform Webinar Series

Take part in our upcoming Webinar Series to learn more about the UN Global Compact's portfolio of Action Platforms and how they can provide practical guidance and support to facilitate your company’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Global Compact Calls on Business to Shift from Incremental Change to Breakthrough Innovation on the SDGs

“Time is of the essence,” urged Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, to an audience of more than 300 local and global leaders from business, finance, civil society, Government and the UN, at the conclusion of the UN Global Compact two-day event, Making Global Goals Local Businesses – India, in New Delhi on 27 April.

Executive Update: The Sustainable Development Goals: The Breakthrough Opportunity of Our Time

"The magnitude of these challenges requires a disruption of a symmetrical scale. It will take significant creativity and effort to foster the changes needed to eliminate poverty, reduce inequality and protect our planet." Lise Kingo's latest Executive Update explores breakthrough innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, and what it means for leaders in India and beyond.

UN Global Compact Kicks Off Annual Conference in New Delhi with More than 300 Global Business and Civil Society Leaders

On 26 April, the UN Global Compact kicked off its two-day regional event in New Delhi. With less than 5,000 days left to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the event aimed to mobilize responsible business actions, drive breakthrough innovation and create new market opportunities that advance the Global Goals.

Global Opportunity Explorer Launches with 300 Solutions that Will Change the World

Sustainia, DNV GL and the UN Global Compact unveil 300 of the most promising solutions that will change the world for the better. The solutions are part of the new Global Opportunity Explorer – a platform which presents an entirely new innovation and market universe for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainability Leaders Issue Call-to-Action to CEOs

The heads of the world’s largest corporate and investor sustainability initiatives — the UN Global Compact and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), respectively — have called on the private sector to mobilize the trillions locked up in corporate pension funds and invest in green projects.

LOCAL NETWORK NEWS

Leaders from Latin America Convene to Discuss Role of Businesses in Achieving the SDGs

Modern Slavery in the Spotlight as Business Discuss Potential New Legislation

Global Compact Network Brazil Promotes Workshop on Collective Action Against Corruption

TAKE ACTION

Register a Voluntary Commitment for Implementation of SDG 14

Demonstrate your organization's work to advance ocean sustainability by registering a voluntary commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water. By registering a commitment, your company will be actively participating in a unique UN-led global initiative on the future health of our oceans.

Sign the Human Rights Open Letter to Academics

Demand for business and human rights education is growing worldwide. Academic institutions are well positioned to prepare future business leaders to manage the human rights impacts of their companies.
The UN Global Compact in collaboration with the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) are asking companies to sign an open letter calling on academic institutions to integrate business and human rights into their curriculum.

Support the Humanitarian Response Plans for Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen

More than 20 million people in North-East Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia are facing famine or a credible risk of famine over the coming six months. 1.4 million children are currently at imminent risk of death from malnutrition.
To avert a major humanitarian catastrophe, the UN and the international community is requesting help from the private sector to support the crisis response.  The UN Global Compact urges companies to consider contributing to help affected people in the region. View the Business Guide resource here

Call for Papers: UN Publication on Procurement and the 2030 Agenda

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is looking for submissions for their next Thematic Supplement to the Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement. It will include a range of case studies that contribute to new and useful insights on procurement and the 2030 Agenda.
Interested academics, researchers, or procurement professionals are invited to submit case studies, research articles, papers, or best practices for consideration.

FROM OUR LIBRARY

Aligning Values: Why corporate pension plans should mirror their sponsors

Highlights why CEOs should ensure their corporate pension plans should mirror their own sustainability values and the associated benefits including improved investment performance, fulfilling fiduciary duty and managing regulatory risk and boosting corporate sponsor credibility.

Sustainable Development Goals: From Promise to Practice

A call to action to transform our world through analysis and recommendations on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, stressing global collaboration and the implementation of long-term innovative solutions.

New Action Platforms

To achieve the ambitious and necessary goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Global Compact has launched a portfolio of Action Platforms to advance responsible business activities and fill emerging gaps in meeting the SDGs.

CALENDAR

Events

May
MAY
8-12
This course looks at the potential of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and national enterprises to contribute to respect for labour rights and the achievement of decent work for all. It will introduce participants to the guidance set out in the tripartite declaration of principles concerning multinational enterprises and social policy (the "MNE Declaration") for enterprises, governments, employers and workers' organizations.
June
JUN
5-9
Coinciding with World Oceans Day and co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, this Conference to support the implementation of SDG 14 focuses on conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. In advance of the Conference, the President of the General Assembly will convene a two-day preparatory meeting from 15-16 February 2017.
Business is invited to indicate interest in the Conference by emailing oceans@unglobalcompact.org.
July
JUL
18
Following the success of last year’s inaugural forum, the second annual SDG Forum will convene during the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at UN Headquarters on 18 July, 2017. The HLPF, which is held from 10-19 July in New York at UN Headquarters is an opportunity for business to report on key achievements and activities undertaken during this past year of SDG implementation and look at the role of business in catalyzing sustainable growth and development—from innovative approaches to financing through to reporting progress and new partnerships.
JUL
18-19
The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative of the United Nations Global Compact is convening the 2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education — 7th PRME Assembly in conjunction with the United Nations High-Level Political Forum. Join fellow leaders in helping to shape the future of business and management education, and to support the global effort to achieve the SDGs. The forum will celebrate the 10th anniversary of PRME.
September
SEP
11-15
Understanding workers' rights in the framework of due diligence The course aims to strengthen the capacity of participants to understand the principles of international labour standards (ILS) as they relate to company operations (including due diligence related to labour rights) and how these principles can be most effectively implemented in company operations within the supply chain.
SEP
18
The United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017 will focus on the role of the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The interactive Forum is designed to increase understanding of efforts underway by the private sector and civil society, and provide a platform for the private sector to announce long-term goals and partnerships that will make an important contribution towards achieving sustainable development for all.
SEP
21
The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017 will gather global leaders to inspire true leadership for the SDGs, present highlights of General Assembly week and chart the way ahead for increased public-private collaboration to create the world we want. The Summit serves as the annual opportunity to unveil the UN Global Compact’s latest intelligence from Action Platforms, generate meaningful and innovative engagement opportunities around the SDGs and to celebrate ambitious leaders and innovators from around the world. Registration opens in May 2017.
November
NOV
27-29
The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights is the global platform for yearly stock-taking and lesson-sharing on efforts to move the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from paper to practice. The central theme of the 2017 Forum is “Realizing Access to Remedy”. The programme also features sessions for new audiences and discussions on broader policy trends that consider the role of the business and human rights movement in today’s political and social contexts around the world.
 
   

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