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  1. The Global Compactin Egypt The Global Compact

  2. Outline • The process of launching the GC in Egypt • Lessons learnt from the Egyptian experience Outline

  3. 1 Created a steering committee 2 Carried outPre-launch Activities 3 OrganizedOfficial Launch 4 Implementing Post-launch Activities The Process undertaken in Egypt in 4 steps: The Global Compact in Egypt

  4. 1 Created a steering committee 2 Carried outPre-launch Activities 3 OrganizedOfficial Launch 4 Implementing Post-launch Activities The Process undertaken in Egypt in 4 steps: The Global Compact in Egypt

  5. Creation of a steering committee • The initial decision of membership was based on: • Recommendations from the GC Office • The experience of UN agencies with some companies • The idea that all identified actors of the GC should be represented. • The work of Pioneer actors (businessmen/federations) • Other players with high potential for leverage in the country • Representation of civil society, private sector, government, academic institution Step 1:Created a steering committee

  6. Role of the steering committee • Defined the overall strategy for: • The pre-launch activities • The format of the launch • The aftermath of the launch • Supported technically and financially the activities: • Workshops • Media work • Background analysis • …. Step 1:Created a steering committee

  7. 1 Created a steering committee 2 Carried outPre-launch Activities 3 OrganizedOfficial Launch 4 Implementing Post-launch Activities The Process undertaken in Egypt in 4 steps: The Global Compact in Egypt

  8. Pre-launch activities • Understand the context: • Background analysis • Create awareness: • 2 Workshops • OVD focus on Corporate Volunteerism • Articles in the media • Media Press briefings before launch • Creation of a website of a GC Egypt Website • Creation of Arabic brochures customized for Egypt • Recruit companies to join • Focus on explaining the initiative and explain why they should join Step 2:Carried out Pre-launch Activities

  9. Necessary Resources • People: • 50-75 % of one focal point for a year + 25% of a programme assistant. • For the launch: Internal Task Force and dedicated budget • Funds: • Funds and in kind contributions come from companies and steering committee members • Minor Contributions of UNRC budget (background analysis) • Technical Support: from steering committee members Step 2:Carried out Pre-launch Activities

  10. 1 Created a steering committee 2 Carried outPre-launch Activities 3 OrganizedOfficial Launch 4 Implementing Post-launch Activities The Process undertaken in Egypt in 4 steps: The Global Compact in Egypt

  11. The launch in Egypt – basic facts • Date: 9 February 2004, after a year of sensitization • Venue: Federation of Egyptian Industries • Participants: 200 participants including Mr. Iqbal Riza , Chief of cabinet of Kofi Annan • Agenda: Official opening session followed by a press conference and 2 working sessions. • Overall Budget: 7000 USD (excluding time of staff of the Task Force) Step 3: OrganizedOfficial Launch

  12. 1 Created a steering committee 2 Carried outPre-launch Activities 3 OrganizedOfficial Launch 4 Implementing Post-launch Activities The Process undertaken in Egypt in 4 steps: The Global Compact in Egypt

  13. Next steps: Follow up activities • Awareness campaign through: • Sensitization Workshops (Arab German chamber of commerce; Workshops at Local Chambers of Commerce, Cairo University …) • Media partnerships • Activities carried out by companies • Implementing the Nine principles • Corporate Volunteerism with the UNVs • Partnership Projects • Between UNDP and companies (TAGO, Vodafone,…) Step 4: ImplementPost-launch Activities

  14. Outline • The process of launching the GC in Egypt • Lessons learnt from the Egyptian experience Outline

  15. Lessons Learnt • Why should companies join ? • The vision of the entrepreneur • The societal gains • The communication benefits • The financial benefits • DEFINE & HIGHLIGHT THE BENEFITS FOR A COMPANY TO GET INTO PARTNERSHIP ! • What do we ask them to do ? • Implementation of the 9 principles • Partnership projects as a main modality • Development, not charity ? • Services to offer? • BE CLEAR ON THE OUTCOME ! Lessons Learnt

  16. Lessons Learnt • How do we monitor companies? • Mistrust between stakeholders • On the basis of which criteria ? • Role of the media • THINK TWICE ! • … and how much this will cost? • Resources of local networks • RM strategy, an excellent entry point • BE READY FOR A LONG BUT REWARDING WALK ! Lessons Learnt