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“UNEP and the Global Compact” Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, Director UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics(DTIE) Presentation at OECD Roundtable on Global Instruments for Corporate Responsibility, Paris, 19 June 2001. DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS.

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“UNEP and the Global Compact”

Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, Director

UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics(DTIE)

Presentation at OECD Roundtable on Global Instruments for Corporate Responsibility,

Paris, 19 June 2001


The global compact
The Global Compact

  • Shared Values for the Global Market

  • Promoting Responsible Global Citizenship

    “…let’s choose to unite the powers of markets with the authority of universal ideals. Let us choose to reconcile the creative forces of private entrepreneurship with the needs of the disadvantaged and the requirements of the future generations…”

    Kofi Annan

The global compact1
The Global Compact


To work towards a more stable and inclusive global market by encouraging the international business community to build universal principles into its strategic vision and daily practices

The global compact2
The Global Compact

  • Nine principles:

    • human rights (HCHR)

    • labour (ILO)

    • environment (UNEP)

The global compact3
The Global Compact

  • human rights

    - support and respect the protection of

    international human rights within their

    sphere of influence; and

    - make sure their own corporations are not

    complicit in human rights abuses

The global compact4
The Global Compact

  • labour

    - freedom of association and the effective

    recognition of the right to collective bargaining

    - the elimination of all forms of forced and

    compulsory labour

    - the effective abolition of child labour; and

    - the elimination of discrimination in respect of

    employment and occupation

The global compact5
The Global Compact

  • environment

    - support a precautionary approach to

    environmental challenges;

    - undertake initiatives to promote greater

    environmental responsibility; and

    - encourage the development and diffusion of

    environmentally friendly technologies

The global compact6
The Global Compact

  • Strategic goals:

    • make the nine principles of the Global Compact part of corporate activity everywhere

    • offer a platform for dialogue and action in support of the nine principles and broad UN goals

The global compact7
The Global Compact

  • Approach:

    • expanding the circle of companies

    • advancing effective application of the principles through:

      • promoting cooperation between business, labour and civil society organisations

      • encouraging innovation and experimentation

      • sharing experiences

      • communicating results and reporting

    • not an endorsement of companies

The global compact8
The Global Compact

  • Indicators of success:

    • international business community embracing the nine principles

    • corporate ‘transparency’ through reporting

    • strengthening UN capacity to work and undertake joint efforts with business community and other social partners

      “success must be demonstrable just as failure must be transparent”

The global compact9
The Global Compact

  • Core activities:

    • learning (company submission, comments, best practices)

    • dialogue (cross-cutting challenges, build on other initiatives)

    • projects

The global compact10
The Global Compact

  • a partnership between the UN and business

  • labour and NGOs involved to help strengthen roots of Compact, in particular by:

    • discussing company submissions

    • participating in thematic dialogues

    • joining companies in partner projects with UN

Unep s contribution to the global compact
UNEP’s contribution to the Global Compact

  • Voluntary Initiatives in various industry sectors

  • Engaging stakeholders: a programme to build multistakeholder dialogue

  • Global Reporting Initiative

  • Reaching out to industry associations

    “it’s not just desirable for business to get involved in

    the quest for sustainability, it is essential…”

    Klaus Töpfer

Unep s contribution
UNEP’s contribution

  • Voluntary Initiatives:

    • Financial Services Initiatives

      • Financial Institutions

      • Insurance

    • Tour Operators Initiative

    • Advertising Initiative

    • Mobility Forum

    • Global e-Sustainability Initiative

Unep s contribution1
UNEP’s contribution

  • Engaging stakeholders:

    • to help build a multistakeholder dialogue on sustainability issues

    • relevant publications (recent titles):

      - The Oil Sector Report: A Review of Environmental Disclosure in the Oil Industry (1999)

      - Life and Science Report (2000)

      - The Global Reporters:an international benchmark survey on reporting (2000)

      - Automotive industry (forthcoming)

Unep s contribution2
UNEP’s contribution

  • Global Reporting Initiative:

    • convened by Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) and UNEP

    • established in ‘97 to design globally applicable guidelines for preparing enterprise-level sustainability reports

    • June 2000 - revised Guidelines published

    • 2001: regional outreach, sectoral revision of Guidelines, structured feedback, preparations for permanent GRI institution

    • involvement of the ILO and OHCHR

Unep s contribution3
UNEP’s contribution

  • Outreach to industry associations, consulting with private sector and non-corporate stakeholders:

    • UNEP Consultative Meeting with Industry Associations- annual event in Paris

    • preparations for WSSD/Rio+10, in cooperation with fellow UN agencies and NGOs

The global compact and other global instruments
The Global Compact and other global instruments

  • All voluntary efforts to promote corporate accountability and sustainability

  • Complementary efforts

  • Specific features of the Global Compact:

    • global: all parts of the world, MNEs and SMEs

    • focussed: three core areas

    • network-based

    • NGO involvement / multistakeholder process

Developments since davos
Developments since Davos

  • High level launch: New York, 26 July 2000

  • Various national and regional events

  • First Issues Dialogue on Business in Zones of Conflict, New York, 21-22 March 2001

  • UNEP roundtable on the “Global Compact in Practice”, Nairobi, 3-4 February 2001

Next key steps
Next key steps

  • October 2001: review of business case studies, Warwick, U.K.

  • September 2002: WSSD, Johannesburg, South Africa

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