In 2008, the Foundation provided financial support to the following events, resources and publications:
African Private Sector Forum
January 2008 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
With the theme “Africa’s Industrial Drive: The Private Sector and Corporate Citizenship”, the high-level forum addressed the drivers for Africa’s industrial development and corporate citizenship in the region. Examining ongoing efforts to improve the environment for doing business in Africa, the Forum highlighted the leadership role that responsible businesses can play in promoting the rapid and sustainable socio-economic development of the continent.
Global Compact Progress & Value Workshop
April 2008 – Beijing, China
The workshop was jointly organized by the China Enterprise Confederation (CEC), the Barcelona Center for Support of the Global Compact, and the Global Compact Office. It was designed to deepen the understanding among Chinese participants of both the ten principles and the annual Communication on Progress.
Human Rights Working Group Meetings
April 2008 – Boston, USA
May 2008 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
October 2008 – Bonn, Germany
Regional Meeting for Global Compact Network Focal Points in Europe
May 2008 – Athens, Greece
The meeting brought together representatives from 25 Local Networks and provided a platform for information exchange and sharing of experiences related to Network management and activities. In addition to Focal Points, other participants included representatives from the Greek government, the Global Compact Office, other UN agencies and partnering organizations.
Corporate Citizenship meeting at Boston College
June 2008 – Boston, USA
Anti-corruption Working Group Meeting
June 2008 – Vienna, Austria
Changing Landscapes: Towards a Sustainable Economy in Asia
June 2008 – Seoul, Republic of Korea
Co-organized by the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and the Global Compact Korea Network, the meeting aimed at promoting better environmental, social and governance performance in business and strengthening the role of ESG issues in financial analysis and investment decision-making.
Progress and Value Workshops
June 2008 – Delhi—Mumbai—Bangalore, India
Second Working Conference of The CEO Water Mandate
August 2008 – Stockholm, Sweden
The UN Global Compact Office, in partnership with the Pacific Institute, convened the second working conference of The CEO Water Mandate. The conference brought together approximately 70 senior representatives from the private sector, civil society, UN agencies, as well as other key stakeholders.
Latin America Local Network Meeting
September 2008 – Bogota, Columbia
The Global Compact convened the third Regional Meeting for Global Compact Network Focal Points in Latin America and the Caribbean on 3 - 4 September 2008 in Bogota, Colombia. The meeting brought together representatives from 10 Local Networks and provided a platform for information exchange and sharing of experiences related to Network management and activities.
VI Annual Local Networks Forum
October 2008 – Bonn, Germany
Representatives from over 70 Global Compact Local Networks gathered in Bonn for two days for the 6th Annual Local Networks Forum (ALNF) to share experiences in their efforts to advance the Global Compact at the local level. It was the largest ALNF to date, with 220 network participants, as well as representatives from business, government, civil society and labour.
Caring for Climate: First Meeting of Signatories
October 2008 – Geneva, Switzerland
The UN Global Compact in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) convened the first meeting of Caring for Climate signatories on 20-21 October 2008 at UN Headquarters in Geneva. The meeting brought together 150 business executives, government representatives, UN officials and climate experts involved in designing the post-Kyoto climate framework.
International Seminar on Business and Human Rights
December 2008 – Paris, France
The Business and Human Rights International Seminar took place on 4 & 5 December 2008, in Paris, France to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was a key international opportunity to review global progress on this issue over recent years and chart the developments ahead. The event brought together business, political, civil society and trade union leaders as well as diverse learning from around the world.
PRME Global Forum
December 2008 – New York, USA
More than 260 academic leaders, as well as representatives of business, civil society and the United Nations, gathered at UN Headquarters in New York on 4-5 December for the First Global Forum for Responsible Management Education, The event was hosted by the United Nations Global Compact in collaboration with the Research Center on the Global Compact at the Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce.
Reports and Publications
UN Global Compact - Corporate Citizenship in the World Economy [pdf]
This brochure gives a brief introduction to the UN Global Compact, outlining the main objectives of the initiative, the business case for participation as well as some of the ways in which companies can engage.
Human Rights Translated: A Business Reference Guide [pdf]
An explanation of universally recognized human rights for the business community. The publication illustrates, through the use of examples and suggested practical actions, how human rights are relevant in a corporate context and can be managed. Published by IBLF, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Global Compact Office.
After the Signature: A Guide to Engagement in the Global Compact [pdf]
A basic introduction to the UN Global Compact, outlining the commitment that a company makes when signing on to the initiative, such as implementing the ten principles and producing an annual COP report. The guide suggests practical steps companies can make to start the implementation process and proposes additional activities for signatories to maximize their engagement, such as participation in Global Compact Local Networks and engagement in partnerships projects with stakeholders.
Caring for Climate Publication Series
Food Sustainability – A Guide to Private Sector Action [pdf]
This guide features 37 examples of good practices in seven areas relating to food sustainability: water management; agricultural inputs and infrastructure; financial mechanisms and risk management instruments; nutrition; energy and biofuels; information and communication technology; and job opportunities for low-income populations.
A Human Rights Management Framework – poster [pdf]
This poster captures on one page key good business and human rights management practices. The poster is available in all UN languages.
UN-Business Focal Point quarterly electronic newsletter
Global Compact Local Networks electronic newsletter
Creation of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Research Center in partnership with the Levin Institute