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Funded Activities

2011 Foundation Activities Report (pdf)
2011 UN Global Compact Financial Report (pdf)

INTRODUCTION

In 2010 the Global Compact Office, in collaboration with UN partners, the Global Compact Board and Government Donors, identified nine key outcomes for the next three years. In 2011, the Foundation for the Global Compact provided direct financial support to events, resources and publications in support of these nine outcomes. This document provides a brief overview of the activities supported by the Foundation. Please see the United Nations Global Compact Annual Review 2011 for a detailed breakdown of the Foundation’s support of the UN Global Compact.

OUTCOME I: Leadership Blueprint
Launch of Global Compact Lead
28 January 2011, Davos, Switzerland

Global Compact LEAD is a platform for the implementation of the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership that was launched at the Global Compact Leaders Summit in June 2010. CEOs of Global Compact LEAD companies discussed with the UN Secretary-General the priorities of the new leadership platform. The discussion centered on the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Blueprint and clarified the role that different actors can play in enhancing the impact of the Global Compact. The Blueprint is available for download at http://www.unglobalcompact.org/HowToParticipate/Business_Participation/
blueprint_for_corporate_sustainability_leadership.html

Inaugural LEAD Symposium 29 March 2011, Atlanta

Global Compact LEAD participants gathered to develop comprehensive guidelines for corporate boards in achieving sustainability strategy and implementation.

The symposium concluded with the following planned outcomes:

  • Global Compact LEAD will develop operational guidance and recommendations for corporate boards and directors, to be publicly released in May 2011;
  • The Principles for Responsible Management Education will develop a concept for the development of a board director-level sustainability knowledge program; and
  • The Principles for Responsible Investment and Global Compact LEAD will plan a number of interactions to further evolve the corporate-investor nexus with respect to sustainability.

OUTCOME II: Communication on Progress and Participant Management
UN Global Compact Management Model Training
3 February 2011, New York, USA

The U.S. Network of the UN Global Compact, in partnership with Deloitte, convened a special training session focusing on the UN Global Compact Management Model – a framework for the implementation of the Global Compact's ten principles by business, launched at the Leaders Summit 2010. The special session included approximately 25 companies and stakeholders and incorporated discussions related to implementing the ten principles through the adoption of the six steps of the Management Model. The session was the first in a planned series of at least ten such training sessions to take place in Global Compact Local Networks around the world.  The management model is available for download at http://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/news_events/9.1_news_archives/2010_06_17/
UN_Global_Compact_Management_Model.pdf

OUTCOME III: Local Networks
Global Compact Local Networks Regional Meeting for Asia
10-11 February 2011, Bali, Indonesia

Delegates representing 17 Global Compact local networks from the Asia-Pacific region have concluded a two-day meeting in Bali to assess progress made, exchange experiences and plan future activities. The network representatives presented and discussed a wide variety of approaches to the local implementation of the Global Compact’s mission and committed to further strengthening their communication as well as specific forms of collaboration.

Local Network Regional Meeting Europe
28 October 2011, Rome, Italy

The Global Compact Local Networks in Europe convened over three days for a Regional Meeting and sustainability conference – both focused on Rio+20 – as well as a training session and meeting of the Global Compact Local Network Italy. During the events a best practices publication was launched. Titled: The European UN Global Compact Companies Towards Rio+20: A Best Practices Collection, the resource contains 49 corporate sustainability case studies from 15 European countries. Additionally, a training session on the Communication on Progress and Management Model was held. The training specifically focused on implementing the Global Compact 10th principle against corruption. The publication is available for download at http://www.globalcompactnetwork.org/files/pubblicazioni_stampa/pubblicazioni_network_italia/
ungc_bpc.pdf

Local Network Regional Meeting Latin America
10-11 November 2011, Mexico City, Mexico

The Global Compact Local Networks in the Americas convened for a Regional Meeting in Mexico City, following the Latin America and Caribbean Global Compact Business Forum on 9 November. The Global Compact Local Networks in the Americas convened on 10-11 November for a Regional Meeting in Mexico City, following the Latin America and Caribbean Global Compact Business Forum on 9 November. In coordination with the Regional Meeting, a training session on the Communication on Progress and the Global Compact Management Model was held for nearly 60 business participants and Local Network staff. The training focused on implementing the Global Compact tenth principle against corruption.

Local Network Regional Meeting Asia and Oceania
21 November 2011, Seoul, South Korea

Global Compact Local Network Focal Points from Asia convened to discuss implementation of the Global Compact in the region. The meeting included training on the Global Compact Management Model. The training had a special focus on implementing and communicating on Anti-Corruption issues.

OUTCOME IV: UN-Business Partnerships
UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting 2011
12-13 April 2011, Paris, France

During the course of the two-day meeting over 100 representatives from  across the UN system discussed topics such as managing the UN brand, delivering as "One UN" and establishing joint due diligence processes. The Private Sector Focal Points, joined by representatives from the private sector with experience partnering with the UN, explored the notion of “transformational” partnerships. “Transformational” partnerships refer to collaborations that have great impact, are scalable, and are aligned with the core competencies of the partnering organizations. In addition, a variety of relevant topics were discussed during the event, such as enhancing UN-business relationships and exchange programmes, innovative funding mechanisms, value chain considerations and enhancing the UN-business partnership gateway (business.un.org).

Fourth UN Private Sector Forum “Sustainable Energy for All”
20 September 2011, New York, USA

The UN Private Sector Forum 2011 focused on the role of the private sector in supporting the Secretary-General’s strategy on Sustainable Energy for All. This strategy engages Governments, the private sector, and civil society partners to achieve three major goals by 2030:

  • Achieving universal access to modern energy services.
  • Improving energy efficiency.
  • Increasing the share of energy generated from renewable resources.

Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Private Sector Forum featured high-level roundtable discussions among business, Government, civil society and UN leaders. It was designed to maximize interaction, increase understanding of efforts underway and generate a range of commitments to action around the Sustainable Energy for All goals. The forum agenda is available for download at http://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/issues_doc/un_business_partnerships/UNPSF2011/
UNPSF2011_Agenda.pdf

More information on the event is available at http://www.unglobalcompact.org/Issues/Business_Partnerships/Private_Sector_Forum_2011.html

OUTCOME V: Human Rights
3rd Annual Event on the Women’s Empowerment Principles
9-10 March, New York, USA

One year after the launch of the Women's Empowerment Principles, representatives from the private sector, Government, civil society and the UN gathered at UN Headquarters to take stock of how the Principles have been operationalized to advance company efforts to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community and identify areas for improvement. UN Women and UN Global Compact, champions of the initiative, released the list of executives at the Equality Means Business: Putting Principles into Practice conference. It marked the first anniversary of the launch of the principles. >More information on the Women’s Empowerment Principles is available at http://www.unglobalcompact.org/Issues/human_rights/equality_means_business.html

Human Rights Working Group Meeting
28-29 September 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

The United Nations Global Compact's Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) met on 28-29 September in Geneva to discuss how to promote respect and support for human rights among the Global Compact's participant base and in business more generally. The multi-stakeholder group, which is co-chaired by Global Compact Board members Sir Mark Moody-Stuart and Pierre Sane, comprises representatives of business, civil society, trade unions, the UN, and academia. The HRWG was recently relaunched under revised Terms of Reference (TOR) that articulate clearer rules of engagement and accountability measures for the group’s members. The report of the meeting is available for download at http://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/issues_doc/human_rights/Meetings_x_events/
HRWG_29Sept11_MeetingReport.pdf

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