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DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS UNEP and the Global Compact Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, Director UNEP Division of Technology, Industry.

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1 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS UNEP and the Global Compact Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, Director UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics(DTIE) Presentation at OECD Roundtable on Global Instruments for Corporate Responsibility, Paris, 19 June 2001

2 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS The Global Compact vShared Values for the Global Market vPromoting Responsible Global Citizenship …lets choose to unite the powers of markets with the authority of universal ideals. Let us choose to reconcile the creative forces of private entrepreneurship with the needs of the disadvantaged and the requirements of the future generations… Kofi Annan

3 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS The Global Compact Vision: To work towards a more stable and inclusive global market by encouraging the international business community to build universal principles into its strategic vision and daily practices

4 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS The Global Compact vNine principles: çhuman rights (HCHR) çlabour (ILO) çenvironment (UNEP)

5 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS The Global Compact çhuman rights - support and respect the protection of international human rights within their sphere of influence; and - make sure their own corporations are not complicit in human rights abuses

6 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS The Global Compact çlabour - freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining - the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour - the effective abolition of child labour; and - the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

7 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS The Global Compact çenvironment - support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges; - undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and - encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

8 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS The Global Compact vStrategic goals: çmake the nine principles of the Global Compact part of corporate activity everywhere çoffer a platform for dialogue and action in support of the nine principles and broad UN goals

9 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS The Global Compact vApproach: çexpanding the circle of companies çadvancing effective application of the principles through: çpromoting cooperation between business, labour and civil society organisations çencouraging innovation and experimentation çsharing experiences çcommunicating results and reporting çnot an endorsement of companies

10 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS The Global Compact vIndicators of success: çinternational business community embracing the nine principles çcorporate transparency through reporting çstrengthening UN capacity to work and undertake joint efforts with business community and other social partners success must be demonstrable just as failure must be transparent

11 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS The Global Compact vCore activities: çlearning (company submission, comments, best practices) çdialogue (cross-cutting challenges, build on other initiatives) çprojects

12 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS The Global Compact va partnership between the UN and business vlabour and NGOs involved to help strengthen roots of Compact, in particular by: çdiscussing company submissions çparticipating in thematic dialogues çjoining companies in partner projects with UN

13 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS UNEPs contribution to the Global Compact vVoluntary Initiatives in various industry sectors vEngaging stakeholders: a programme to build multistakeholder dialogue vGlobal Reporting Initiative vReaching out to industry associations its not just desirable for business to get involved in the quest for sustainability, it is essential… Klaus Töpfer

14 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS UNEPs contribution vVoluntary Initiatives: çFinancial Services Initiatives Financial Institutions Insurance çTour Operators Initiative çAdvertising Initiative çMobility Forum çGlobal e-Sustainability Initiative

15 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS UNEPs contribution vEngaging stakeholders: çto help build a multistakeholder dialogue on sustainability issues çrelevant publications (recent titles): - The Oil Sector Report: A Review of Environmental Disclosure in the Oil Industry (1999) - Life and Science Report (2000) - The Global Reporters: an international benchmark survey on reporting (2000) - Automotive industry (forthcoming)

16 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS UNEPs contribution vGlobal Reporting Initiative: çconvened by Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) and UNEP çestablished in 97 to design globally applicable guidelines for preparing enterprise-level sustainability reports çJune revised Guidelines published ç2001: regional outreach, sectoral revision of Guidelines, structured feedback, preparations for permanent GRI institution çinvolvement of the ILO and OHCHR

17 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS UNEPs contribution vOutreach to industry associations, consulting with private sector and non- corporate stakeholders: çUNEP Consultative Meeting with Industry Associations - annual event in Paris çpreparations for WSSD/Rio+10, in cooperation with fellow UN agencies and NGOs

18 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS The Global Compact and other global instruments vAll voluntary efforts to promote corporate accountability and sustainability vComplementary efforts vSpecific features of the Global Compact: çglobal: all parts of the world, MNEs and SMEs çfocussed: three core areas çnetwork-based çNGO involvement / multistakeholder process

19 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS Developments since Davos vHigh level launch: New York, 26 July 2000 vVarious national and regional events vFirst Issues Dialogue on Business in Zones of Conflict, New York, March 2001 v UNEP roundtable on the Global Compact in Practice, Nairobi, 3-4 February 2001

20 DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS Next key steps vOctober 2001: review of business case studies, Warwick, U.K. vSeptember 2002: WSSD, Johannesburg, South Africa

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