Working Groups

Activity orientation of the UK Network
If you have an issue which you would like to address through a working group, please contact
the UK network secretariat.

Communication on Progress (COP) Working Group 2012
David Schofield, Aviva, is chair of the COP working group. Its main objectives are to:
- Align the UK Network Peer Review process with new Global Compact COP standards
- Expand Peer Review procedures to accomodate Advanced COP category

Past Working Groups include:

Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum (CSF) Working Group 2012
- This working group is being formed to define and implement the UK Network’s engagement in the Rio +20 Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Forum.
- In addition to the UK Network event on best practice in sustainability reporting, there are several opportunities for active UK Network involvement.
- Current propositions for involvement include Best Practice in Sustainability Reporting, various European Local Networks workshops and Launch of European Best Practice Collection.

Women’s Empowerment Working Group 2012
- Prompted by a recent General Assembly resolution requesting Global Compact Local Networks to promote the Women’s Empowerment Principles and strong member interest, the UK Network will be launching a working group to define and implement a programme of activity around these issues.
- Aim is to update participants on the UNGC activity surrounding the Women’s Empowerment Principles and outline potential activities for the UK Network.

Communication on Progress (COP) Working Group 2011
David Schofield, Aviva, chaired the COP working group. Its main objectives were to:
- Align the UK Network Peer Review process with new Global Compact COP standards.
- Expand Peer Review procedures to accomodate Advanced COP category.

Communication on Progress (COP) Working Group 2009
Kevin Franklin, Maplecroft, chaired the COP working group. Its main objectives were to:
- Review the process for submission and assessment of COPs for network members.
- Ensure sufficient guidance is maintained for COP producers and reviewers and that this is adequately communicated.
- Engage with other national networks as opportunities arise to share experience of COPs.

Communications Working Group
Marcia Balisciano, Reed Elsevier, chaired the Communications working group. Its main objectives were to:
- Provide mechanisms to exchange information with existing signatories in the UK and farther afield through a website and other means.
- Share information about the UNGC with non-signatories in the UK and elsewhere to inspire interest and participation.
- Serve as a communications point between the UK Network and the UNGC office.

Network Liaison Working Group
Michelle Wolfe, Aviva, chaired the Network Liaison working group. Its main objectives were to:
- Represent the UK Network at external events.
- Assist emerging Networks with governance issues.
- Place emerging networks in contact with the other working groups on a need basis.

Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Working Group
Mark Barnett, The Consortium for Purchasing and Distribution, chaired the SME working group. Its main objectives were to:
- Provide practical support, relevant guidance and tools that are easy to use for SME members.
- Increase SME membership of UNGC in the UK
- Market UNGC as a simple ‘first step’ entry into CSR reporting and creating a socially responsible and sustainable culture within SME businesses.
- Provide a mentoring support function for SMEs wishing to join the UNGC and UK Network.
- Support and track the production of Communication of Progress (COPs) for SMEs.