Beyond UNEPs Business and Industry Dialogues, UNEP partners with other sustainable business events to promote a transition in which goods and services are increasingly produced and processed in a sustainable way, decoupling economic growth from resource use and environmental impact while improving human well-being. UNEP works with partners in various ways, including:
UN Global Compact
Since 2000 the UN Global Compact challenges individual corporations to advance basic values within their sphere of influence on ten internationally agreed principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. UNEP advances the Global Compact principles and corporate environmental and social responsibility through its activities with business on an industry sector basis. Our joint work with the UN Global Compact covers the areas of learning and training, dialogue and technology support – including engagement on the joint UNEP UN Global Compact’s Caring for Climate initiative, contribution to the CEO Water Mandate and other sustainable business-related events.
Global Reporting Initiative
Co-founded in 1997 by UNEP, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) works to design and build acceptance of a common framework for reporting on the triple bottom line of sustainability - the economic, environmental, and social aspects. The sustainability reporting guidelines developed under the GRI are intended to be applicable to all types of organizations. UNEP works with GRI through engagement in the various governance structures, technical support to guideline development and sector-specific supplements. As a follow up to Rio+20, UNEP and GRI are supporting the promoting of sustainability reporting through acting as the Secretariat for the Group of Friends of Paragraph 47 - a government-led initiative supporting.
UNEP has a long tradition of working in concert with business and industry. Other partnerships and activities have been carried out with the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the World Economic Forum, the International Council of Chemical Associations, the International Council on Mining and Metals ICMM and many more.