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Taking stock of progress made and key trends related to corporate sustainability and development.

UN Global Compact Annual Review – Anniversary Edition
Takes stock of the broad array of efforts undertaken by business participants and other key stakeholders to advance the principles of the Global Compact. Marking the 10th anniversary of the UN Global Compact, this special edition of the Annual Review highlights the initiative’s milestones since the official launch in 2000. Central to the Annual Review are findings from the UN Global Compact Implementation Survey, which is conducted annually to assess business engagement in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, as well as partnerships towards the Millennium Development Goals. Completed by 1,044 companies from 97 countries, it is one of the largest, most comprehensive surveys on global corporate responsibility implementation. The Annual Review places a special focus on the economic downturn by benchmarking results from 2008 and 2009 to understand its impact on sustainability performance. Findings show that, overall, business participants have maintained efforts to implement policies and continued to take tangible actions that advance the ten principles despite the economic decline. (UNGC)

A New Era of Sustainability – UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study 2010
An overview of Chief Executives’ perspectives on the state of corporate responsibility and future priorities, and what is needed to reach a tipping point. The report is based on an extensive study of Global Compact Chief Executives (CEOs). The UNGC/Accenture study included an online survey of 766 CEOs and top executives, coupled with in-depth face-to-face interviews with over 50 of the world’s leading CEOs. The goal of the survey was to assess top executives’ opinion on both why companies are integrating sustainability into core business and how they see the future landscape of sustainability. The study found that among Global Compact CEOs there has been a prevailing shift toward an increased recognition of the strategic importance of sustainability, across regions and industries. The study aims to increase understanding between businesses, policymakers and NGOs on sustainability issues, highlighting how they can better collaborate to meet common objectives. (UNGC/Accenture)

A Global Compact for Development
Emphasizes the second objective of the Global Compact by articulating how companies can support development objectives through their core business; strategic social investments; advocacy; partnerships and collective action. The guidance provides a concise overview of how Global Compact participants can contribute to development. Many Global Compact participants engage in programs and activities that are effectively contributing to the MDGs. By providing examples of scaleable projects that companies are already undertaking, the resource can help businesses to identify similar projects that they can undertake to advance the development agenda both independently and in partnership with the UN or other entities (e.g. NGOs, universities and other businesses). (UNGC)

Coming of Age: UN-Private Sector Collaboration Since 2000
Collaboration between the United Nations and the private sector has become engrained in the way the United Nations and its Agencies, Funds and Programs function; but it was not always this way. The report charts the evolution of UN-business engagement since 2000.

Innovating for a Brighter Future: the Role of Business in Achieving the MDGs
Recognizes the contribution of business to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and identifies the most significant trends in private sector action to advance the development agenda. The report identifies gaps between the achievement of the MDGs as well as constraints that should be overcome if they are to be achieved by 2015. The report features trends with potential for widespread impact and examples of how companies are already contributing to development. Investment in these trends can increase the effectiveness, replicability and scalability of the overall business contribution to development. Companies are encouraged to establish synergies with developing communities to leverage local knowledge, to adapt existing products to meet local needs. Businesses should partner with public, private and non-profit entities to implement programs that serve local interests. The UN is encouraged to work together with companies, NGOs and official agencies to develop a ―business plan‖ for achieving the MDGs, which includes facilitating a favorable environment for pro-development business strategies in developing countries. (UNGC/Dalberg)

United Nations Global Compact Local Network Report 2010
Takes stock of the work of approximately 90 Local Networks around the world, featuring statistics and case examples on network governance, activities, issues and communications. (UNGC)

Role of Governments in Promoting Corporate Responsibility and Private Sector Engagement in Development
Reports on trends and policy options regarding the role of Governments in promoting corporate sustainability and engaging the private sector in achieving the MDGs. (UNGC/Bertelsmann Foundation)

A Greener Tomorrow: How Caring for Climate Signatories are Leading the Way to a Low Carbon Economy
Analyses progress made by signatories in addressing climate change and assesses public disclosures of greenhouse gas emissions. The report will outline corporate leadership in climate mitigation and adaptation. (UNGC/Dalberg)

Moving Upwards: The Involvement of Boards of Directors in the UN Global Compact
Advances understanding of Boardroom engagement in environmental, social and governance issues and provides a roadmap for how companies can better integrate oversight of these issues into the Board agenda. (UNGC)

Principles

Principles meant to inspire greater commitment on key dimensions of corporate sustainability

Women's Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business
The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) offer guidance to businesses on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. The Principles emphasize the business case for promoting gender equality and women's empowerment, and are informed by real-life business practices and input gathered from across the globe. The WEPs, and the gender lens that they provide, help to build a broader concept of sustainability that more explicitly embraces women’s empowerment as a key goal that will benefit women, men and business, and will help foster sustainable development. To date, over 50 chief executives have signed a CEO Statement of Support for the Women's Empowerment Principles, indicating that equal treatment of women and men is not just the right thing to do — it is also good for business and needs to be a priority. (UNGC/ United Nations Development Fund for Women-UNIFEM)

Children’s Principles Process
The Children’s Principles will offer guidance on how the private sector can respect and promote the rights of children to achieve real and sustainable change. Currently there is no coherent set of principles to guide businesses on the full range of steps companies can take to respect and support children’s rights within their sphere of influence. The UN Global Compact, Save the Children and UNICEF have teamed up to support a broad and inclusive process to develop principles to help businesses consistently realize their potential as a positive force for children through practice, behavior and action. The principles will draw on experience and expertise regarding what works in both child rights and corporate responsibility. The overall aim is to achieve sustainable, far-reaching positive changes for children by encouraging business to actively respect and support children’s rights. (UNGC/UNICEF/Save the Children Sweden)

Principles for Social Investment (PSI)
The PSI is a set of voluntary principles to guide the ongoing practice of social investment by organizations, seeking to increase the impact and scalability of such contributions. (UNGC/St. James Ethics Centre/CECP) 

Tools & Guidance

Materials that offer practical guidance on how to implement elements of corporate sustainability

UN Global Compact and International Standard ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility

Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership
The Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership presents a roadmap to assist companies in attaining higher levels of sustainability performance. It builds on the UN Global Compact’s ten years of experience and provides a strategy and resource for companies to effectively address risks and opportunities in the environmental, social, governance and ethical realms. In addition to offering guidance and recommendations to maximize implementation of the UN Global Compact’s core ten principles, the Blueprint includes dimensions to guide companies both in fully leveraging the UN Global Compact’s special platforms and assets, as well as offering new opportunities and pathways related to advancing broader UN goals and issues. (UNGC)

UN Global Compact Management Model
The management model has been designed to support companies’ efforts to embrace corporate sustainability through integrating the Global Compact commitment into their mainstream business practices. The model provides a simple, yet broad and flexible, model to guide companies of all sizes through the process of organizational change to embrace corporate sustainability by incorporating the 10 principles into day-to-day operations and organizational culture. The UN Global Compact management model is especially useful for new participants that are embarking on their ―corporate sustainability journey. However, for companies more experienced with the Global Compact, the model provides examples of ―Leadership Practices to serve as both inspiration for continuous improvement and aspiration as these companies set and work towards long-term goals. (UNGC/Deloitte Consulting LLP)

Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High -Risk Areas: A Resource for Companies and Investors
The Guidance makes the case for responsible investment and aims to strengthen the private sector’s commitment to responsible business practices in conflict-affected and high risk settings. The Guidance seeks to encourage companies to explore all opportunities for constructive corporate engagement with government and set good examples in their dealings with governments to support peaceful development. It identifies the interaction between their core business operations and the conflict dynamics, and ensures that companies are sensitive to this nexus. Furthermore, grievance procedures are established so that problems with the company can be raised with a clear process for discussion and resolution. Overall, the guide emboldens companies to meet international best practices, respect national law and UN Security Council Resolutions, including sanctions, and to take all necessary measures to avoid complicity in human rights violations in relation to all aspects of the company’s operations. (Global Compact/Principles for Responsible Investment - PRI/International Alert/Collaborative Learning Projects/Conflict Risk Group).

Environmental Stewardship Strategy: Overview and Resource for Corporate Leaders
The Environmental Stewardship Strategy presents a new corporate environmental management approach – one that reflects the realities and implications of the host of global environmental challenges, while integrating these into a truly holistic, comprehensive strategy. The strategy was developed to provide guidance to companies on comprehensive environmental stewardship strategies to address issues such as climate change, water resource protection, deforestation, toxic waste, loss of biodiversity and long-term damage to ecosystems. While the 8-step strategy offers guidance on topics like innovation, cooperation, education and self-regulation, it also offers a framework for firms to facilitate a recommitment to and comprehensive implementation of the principles. The Environmental Stewardship Strategy builds on the success of Caring for Climate and the CEO Water Mandate programs, and encourages companies to facilitate a recommitment to and comprehensive implementation of the principles. The Strategy is informed by research, tested by practitioners and designed to help all corporate leaders generate value from successful management of its relationship with the environment. (UNGC/Duke University)

E-Learning Tool: Fighting against Corruption
The interactive web-based platform will support employee awareness and response to dilemmas in the public procurement and project implementation process. Through six interactive modules the resource will teach to the basics of the UN Convention against Corruption and the UN Global Compact’s 10th principle against corruption. The modules cover the topics: receiving gifts and hospitality; gifts and hospitality towards others; facilitation payments and corruption; the use of intermediaries and lobbyists; corruption and social investments; and insider information. (UNGC/UNODC)

Reporting Guidance on the 10th Principle against Corruption
The integration of a clear anti-corruption commitment into the corporate citizenship agenda sends a strong signal to employees, investors and consumers that the private sector shares responsibility for countering corruption. Yet, corruption remains one of the most challenging topics for organizations to report on, not only because of its complex and hidden nature, but partly owing to the lack of a practical reporting guidance. The Reporting Guidance seeks to offset this gap by providing a structured and comprehensive guidance document that encourages thorough and consistent reporting of anti-corruption efforts by signatories. The Reporting Guidance demonstrates the business case for reporting on the 10th Principle by explaining and underscoring the tangible benefits. A list of basic and desired reporting elements is provided, and is supplemented with practical examples on how and what to report, and a clear and easy-to-use format to structure the reporting of anti-corruption activities in the annual Communication on Progress. (UNGC/Transparency International)

Business.un.org
The website Business.un.org offers UN agencies interested in private sector support the opportunity to identify and describe needs and preferences, covering nearly all UN operations, from humanitarian relief to poverty reduction or HIV/AIDS prevention. The website provides a repository for examples of how the UN and businesses have partnered in the past and offers a matching service to connect businesses looking to partner with specific UN needs. The platform gives companies of all regions, all sizes and sectors an opportunity to engage with the UN, thus forming a truly global partnership. Most importantly, in the event of future crises and emergencies the website will help the UN to more effectively harness public and private resources to meet the needs of those affected. (UNGC/OCHA/Global Hand)

Lawyers as Leaders: The Essential Role of Legal Counsel in Corporate Sustainability Agenda
An online video — divided into four modules for the four main issue areas of the Global Compact — to develop awareness of lawyers on minimizing risk and advising on legal issues associated with corporate sustainability. (UNGC/International Bar Association) 

An Introduction to Linkages between UN Global Compact Principles and ISO 26000 Core Subjects
A high-level overview of the key linkages between the UN Global Compact’s ten principles and the core subjects of social responsibility defined by ISO 26000. (UNGC)

Supply Chain Sustainability: A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement
Presents practical steps for how Global Compact signatories can implement the ten principles throughout their supply chains and integrate sustainability into procurement strategies. Includes examples of good corporate practices. (UNGC/BSR)

Human Trafficking and Business: Good Practices to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking
Guides business on how to avoid being implicated in human trafficking through the use of their products, services or facilities, as well as how to make a positive contribution. (UNGC/UN.GIFT/ILO) 

Human Rights and Business Learning Tool
Interactive web-based platform for enhancing knowledge regarding implementation of human rights principles. (UNGC/OHCHR)

Guide on How to Develop a Human Rights Policy
Instruction on how businesses can develop and implement a human rights policy within their company. (UNGC)

The Labour Principles of the United Nations Global Compact: A Guide for Business
An updated resource for enhancing knowledge regarding implementation of labour principles, including suggested actions for each principle and an inventory of key resources. (UNGC/ILO/IOE/ITUC) 

Framework for Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy
Assists companies in responsible water policy engagement, providing core principles, strategies, and operational practices. (UNGC/Pacific Institute/WWF/Government of Germany)

Low Carbon Leaders – Transformative Solutions for a Low-Carbon Future
Presents transformative solutions that businesses around the world are implementing to save energy, reduce emissions and ensure a low-carbon future. (UNGC/WWF) 

Sustainable Supply Chains: Resources and Good Practices
The website provides a centralized online portal where companies can search and find information about relevant and useful initiatives and resources. The website will feature examples of good company practices related to sustainable supply chain management. (UNGC/CSR Europe)

Fighting Corruption in the Supply Chain: A Guide for Customers and Suppliers
Outlines common supply chain corruption scenarios, and a framework and set of tools for addressing them. (UNGC)

Collective Action – Building a Coalition against Corruption
Provides options for combating market corruption based on ―how to examples, including a range of tools that help users tailor collective action frameworks to their specific circumstances. (UNGC/ICC/Transparency International/WEF-PACI/WBI/CIPE/Global Advice Network/Grant Thornton/Siemens) 

Best Practices

Highlights existing and emerging best practices by sustainability front-runners 

Doing Business While Advancing Development and Peace
Provides illustrative examples of how companies from a variety of sectors are positively contributing to peace and development in conflict-prone or post-conflict operating environments. (UNGC)

Dialogues on Integrating Human Rights: Testimonials by Business Leaders
Collection of testimonials by business leaders around the world on the mainstream importance of human rights. (UNGC/GBI)

Implementing the United Nations Global Compact in China: Inspirational Case Examples
Illustrates innovative and sustainable activities being undertaken by businesses in China. (Global Compact Network China)

From Principles to Practice: The Role of SA8000 in Implementing the UN Global Compact
Presents case studies of companies that have adhered to the SA8000 standard as a way to advance their commitment to the Global Compact. (UNGC/SAI/CIPE)