UNGC Leaders Summit 2013: Architects of a Better World

With over 1,000 top leaders in attendance, the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit is the premier United Nations event with business. Chaired by the UN Secretary-General, the Leaders Summit is held only once every three years and presents an enormous opportunity for businesses to help set the future direction of the initiative.

As in previous years, participants found the Leaders Summit 2013 hugely valuable. CEOs endorsed a new “architecture of engagement” unveiled by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to “drive and scale up corporate actions to directly advance United Nations goals”.

Three new issue platforms were also launched for business support of education, agriculture, and peace.

UN Global Compact Network UK

Local Networks were launched to help make the Global Compact relevant across the world’s different economic, political and cultural landscapes and to support meaningful engagement with signatories. The UN Global Compact Local Network in the UK implements a programme of activity in support of UK-based UNGC signatories who wish to maximise the benefits of their engagement with the UN Global Compact.

“Local Networks perform the critical task of rooting the Global Compact within a national context – linked to local priorities and needs – and provide opportunities for participants to improve understanding and share experiences on their work to advance Global Compact principles, partnerships and reporting.”

Executive Director Georg Kell

The UK Network aims to further the Global Compact’s 10 principles that cover human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption and serves members through regular meetings to share best practice and working groups that are active in areas such as reporting, small and medium-sized enterprises, communications, and liaison with other networks.


UNGC Network UK First Quarterly Meeting ReportUNGC Network UK Innovations in Sustainability Reporting CompendiumUNGC Network UK Gender and the Environment ReportUNGC Network UK 2011 Activity ReportUNGC Network UK Anti-Bribery Report 2011UNGC Network UK Labour report 2011UNGC Network UK Report: Reducing the Cost of ConflictUNGC Network UK 2010 4th Quarterly Meeting Report

Download the UK Network 2012 Year End Report by clicking here.


Fourth Quarterly Meeting: Current Issues in the Fight Against Corruption

The UK Network of the United Nations Global Compact (hosted by Rio Tinto in London) held its fourth Quarterly Meeting of 2013 on 12 November on current issues in the fight against corruption.
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Third Quarterly Meeting: Water Stewardship: Come on in, the water’s not fine!

On Tuesday 10 September 2013, the UN Global Compact Network UK held its third quarterly meeting of 2013 to examine water stewardship. The event was entitled “Water Stewardship: Come on in, the water’s not fine!” and it was kindly hosted by Reed Elsevier.
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Supply Chain Series Webinar: Africa Focus

The first of the Supply Chain Series webinars, co-hosted by Sedex and the UK Network was held on Monday 10th June.
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Second Quarterly Meeting: Business and Human Rights – A Guide to the Guiding Principles

The UK Network held its second quarterly meeting on 22 May 2013. Over 100 people participated in the event, which explored the implications of the Guiding Principles for businesses, and how companies can implement the principles. Download the news story here.

UNGC UK and Sedex launch events partnership to drive responsible business practices in global supply chains

The UNGC UK Network and responsible supply chain specialists Sedex are pleased to partner on an exciting series of supply chain webinars and in-person events to drive improvements and convergence in responsible business practices.
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We are delighted to welcome Unilever as new members of the UK Network. Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods including many household names such as Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Hellmanns and Persil. Unilever also has a reputation as a global leader in responsible and sustainable business practices. We look forward to working with Unilever to further the principles of the UN Global Compact.

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