United Nations Global Compact The world's largest corporate sustainability initiative
A call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.
The United Nations Global Compact is a voluntary strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. It is the largest corporate citizenship and sustainability initiative in the world, offering a unique strategic platform for participants to advance their commitments to corporate citizenship and sustainability.
Since its official launch on 26 July 2000, the initiative has grown to more than 12,000 participants, including over 8,000 businesses in 145 countries around the world.
At the UN Global Compact, we believe it’s possible to create a sustainable and inclusive global economy that delivers lasting benefits to people, communities and markets. That’s our vision. To make this happen, the UN Global Compact supports companies to:
1. Do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption; and
2. Take strategic actions to advance broader societal goals, such as the forthcoming UN Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation.
By encouraging companies to operate responsibly and take strategic actions that support society, the UN Global Compact works to ensure that business activity adds value not only to the bottom-line, but also to people, communities and the planet.
We ask companies to take a comprehensive approach to sustainability, and lay out 5 essential elements of corporate sustainability which we help business put into practice:
Foremost companies must (1) operate responsibly in alignment with universal principles and (2) take strategic actions that support the society around them. Then, to push sustainability deep into the corporate identity, companies must (3) commit at the highest level, (4) report annually on their efforts, and (5) engage locally where they have a presence.
The UN Global Compact supports companies to address the entire range of ESG issues, believing that responsible businesses enact the same values and principles wherever they have a presence, and that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another.
Importantly, we also engage closely civil society and other critical players, including investors, educators, consumers and policymakers to help create an enabling environment for responsible business. And as part of the United Nations, we bring the voice of business to major UN summits and negotiations.