Global Compact

UNEP advances the Global Compact principles and corporate environmental and social responsibility (CESR) through its activities with business on an industry sector basis. These involve global level activities, including voluntary initiatives, and regional activities organised with our network of partner organisations and fellow UN agencies.

Our joint work with the UN Global Compact covers the areas of learning and training, dialogue and technology support. We are increasingly involved in business and climate related activities, and also playing an active role in addressing global supply chains, social responsibility standards and interagency training of company managers. UNEP is involved as part of a Global Compact team in the development of a new ISO 26000 standard on social responsibility. For a recent article by UNEP on sustainability, standardisation and relations with the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), see Guest View – PDF from the February 2008 edition of ISO Focus (377 KB).

About the Global Compact

The Global Compact of UN Secretary-General was launched officially in July 2000. It challenges individual corporations to advance basic values within their sphere of influence. These basic values are based on ten internationally agreed principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

The three environment-related principles of the Global Compact, taken from the 1992 Rio Declaration, require business to:

  1. Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  2. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  3. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

UNEP is one of the core UN agencies involved in the Global Compact, along with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). These memebers of the Inter-Agency Team are responsible for ensuring coherent support for the internalization of the principles within the United Nations and among all participants.

Click here to access the United Nations Global Compact website.

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