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The United Nations Global Compact Michelle Wolfe UK Network Steering Group member Chair, Network Liaison working group. Benefits of the Global Compact. UN provides international platform without side, national agenda.

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The United Nations Global CompactMichelle WolfeUK Network Steering Group memberChair, Network Liaison working group

benefits of the global compact
Benefits of the Global Compact
  • UN provides international platform without side, national agenda.
  • Seeks to engage the corporate world in tackling some of gravest social and environmental challenges.
  • Harmonised effort – bringing together governments, trades union, academics, NGOs/civil society and businesses.
  • Business-led initiative.
gc uk network
GC UK Network
  • Established UK Network in June 2003.
  • Objectives:
      • Provide UK GC signatories with a forum to consider and advance issues of mutual interest and concern.
      • Provide a mechanism through which performance and reporting on GC principles can be improved by mutual support.
      • Enable participants to share and exchange practice and experience
      • Provide input to the GC on its future development and activity
      • Promote the GC principles throughout the UK business community
      • Help promote and support the GC worldwide
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GC UK Network
  • Governance (38 members, 8 observers):
      • Participants – “corporate partners” (multi-nationals and SMEs) or “non-business partners” (e.g academic institutions)
      • Observers – civil society groups, trade unions, government departments
      • Steering Group – volunteers from participating organisations that oversee management and activities of UK Network.
      • Working Groups – address topics on behalf of UK Network e.g. marketing the GC to potential UK signatories, monitoring performance of existing UK signatories (i.e. COP Peer review)
      • Secretariat – IBLF, facilitate and support SG and participants
  • Membership fees:
  • Large company - £1,800
  • SME (per adapted EU definition: <250 employees or <£39m turnover) - £450
  • Non-business participant £450
  • Observer – no fee
benefits of the gc uk network
Benefits of the GC UK Network
  • Opportunity to share best practice and to be reviewed/assessed by your peers.
  • Cross-sectoral networking.
  • Representative – businesses (large and small), trades union, NGOs, academia and government.
  • Engaging with other networks and their member organisations.
networking sharing best practice
Networking/sharing best practice
  • Quarterly network meetings.
  • Each meeting begins with knowledge session linked to GC principles:
    • Q1 2009 – Environment
    • Q2 2009 – Labour
    • Q3 2009 – Anti corruption
    • Q4 2009 – Human Rights
  • End of year event – government speaker, GC representative and opportunity to invite non-members
  • Working Groups
working groups
Working Groups
  • Communication on Progress
    • mentoring/peer review programme developed to raise standards of COPs
    • development of guidance (including SME)
    • members are required to act as peer reviewers and all members must submit their COP for peer review
    • The Peer Review programme also informs UNGC policies relating to COP
    • The Peer Review Programme objective is to review 50% of members’ COPs each year (from 2009)
    • Feedback shared with all members on website
working groups continued
Working Groups continued
  • Communications
    • Provide mechanisms to exchange information among signatories
    • Website development
    • Help shape focus for quarterly meetings/other events
    • Developed Webinar on “Why it’s worth communicating” about the GC
    • Link with GC Office
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Working Groups continued
  • SME
    • Provide practical support, relevant guidelines and tools
    • Increase SME participation
    • Provide mentoring support function for SMEs wishing to join
    • Support and track the production of COPs for SMEs
  • Network Liaison
    • Represent UK network at external events
    • Assist emerging networks with governance issues
    • Support other network activities – e.g. Raising awareness of CR in Eastern Europe.
for more information
For more information:


UK Network of the UN Global Compact

Phone: 00 44 207 467 3669


communication on progress mentoring peer review programme ungc uk network cop working group

Communication on Progress Mentoring & Peer Review ProgrammeUNGC UK Network COP Working Group

The main points
  • The Mentoring and Peer Review programme was developed to support UNGC UK Network members in raising the standards of Communications on Progress (COP);
  • The programme focuses on benefiting members and both peer reviewers and reviewees find the programme a valuable learning experience;
  • The Peer Review programme also informs UNGC policies relating to COP.
  • All members must produce a COP within 12 months of signing the GC, annually thereafter;
  • All network members are required to act as peer reviewers and all members must submit their COP for peer review when called upon;
  • The Peer Review Programme objective is to review 50% of members’ COPs each year;
  • Peer reviews will be conducted 4-5 times per year, normally in Feb, Apr, June and Oct.
Choosing COPs for Review
  • Members are asked to inform the secretariat of their preferred review date;
  • For each review date, the secretariat selects a batch of 3-4 COPs for review using these criteria:
      • Those whose last COP peer review result was compliant with qualification or non-compliant
      • Those requesting a review
      • Random selection from the remainder
The Peer Review

The secretariat randomly chooses a review leader and two other peer reviewers from network members who’s COP is not up for review;

The group is sent a batch of 3-4 COPs to review along with guidance on what to look for;

Reviewers assess the COPs independently, then consult by phone, email or in person to reach a consensus and produce a report.

The Required Contents of a COP:
  • CEO statement of continued support for the GC;
  • Description of practical actions taken to implement the GC’s principles (new signatories are only required to report on two issues areas);
  • A definition of performance indicators and a basic measurement of outcomes related to the issue areas covered by the COP.
Peer Review Results
  • The group assesses compliance with UNGC requirements, with three possible results:

1. Compliant

2. Compliant with qualification

3. Non-compliant with reasons

  • The review group is encouraged to offer advice on ways of improving the COP whether it is found to be compliant or not

Member informed of result by secretariat

  • Member posts COP on UNGC website
  • Compliant result reported to UNGC office
  • Well done!
Compliant with qualification
  • COP substantially meets UNGC’s minimum requirements, but some shortcomings are clearly identified by the peer reviewers;
  • Member is informed of result by the secretariat;
  • Member is expected to address shortcomings in their next COP which will automatically be selected for review the following year;
  • Compliant result is reported to UNGC.
Non-compliant with reasons
  • COP does not meet UNGC minimum requirements;
  • Review group clearly documents the areas of non-compliance and the leader contacts the member to discuss the result;
  • Review leader submits final result to the secretariat, who sends formal notification to the member;
  • Member may resubmit an amended COP to the next scheduled peer review round; if still non-compliant, the result is reported to the UNGC office;
  • Member may request mentoring.
  • Membership in the UK Network is contingent upon maintaining “active” status in the UNGC;
  • Failure to submit a “compliant” COP can lead to members being declared “non-communicating” or inactive”;
  • If a UK Network member is declared “inactive “ by the UNGC and fails to submit a compliant COP within 60 days, they will be expelled from the Network.