COP Guidance

UN Global Compact COP guidance for members
The UN Global Compact has a wide range of tools to help companies completing their Communication On Progress (COP) reports, which you can find on the UNCG website.

Basic COP guide and template

The Basic Guide to the COP provides a guide for smaller and less experienced companies to communicate their progress by following simple steps and suggested topics that meet a minimum level of disclosure in accordance with COP requirements. The Basic COP Template provides an outline for a COP which meets the requirements for reporting at GC Active Level.

The Global Compact encourages companies to use other complementary reporting frameworks to create their COPs as they see fit. For example, the G4 Guidelines are a recommended option for communicating progress on the ten principles at any level.

Advanced Level COPs

The Advanced Programme emphasises integrating the Global Compact principles in core business and strategy. An Advanced Level COP must meet the minimum requirements of a GC Active COP, as well as providing information on additional advanced criteria in the following areas:

  • Implementing the Ten Principles into Strategies & Operations
  • Taking Action in Support of Broader UN Goals and Issues
  • Corporate Sustainability Governance and Leadership

For more information on Advanced COPs please find below:

How to upload a COP on the UNGC website

There are a number of resources to help you submit your COP:

Peer review

The UK Network has created a programme to help participants efficiently and effectively meet the requirement for publishing a COP by learning from the experience of their peers. The peer review process creates a “safe” environment where businesses can have candid conversations about the challenges of producing a COP and exchange constructive criticism.

All UK Network members are encouraged to participate in this programme as both peer reviewers and reviewees. There will normally be 2-3 rounds of Peer Reviews annually, depending upon requests from Network participants.

Peer reviewers consider each COP along two critical dimensions:

  • Implementation of Global Compact principles
  • Transparency and disclosure

Consideration is also be given to how well the COP fits with UNGC COP Policy and how it meets expectations of the Differentiation Programme. It is expected that for ‘GC Active’ status the COP will meet the UNGC’s basic requirements. To achieve ‘GC Advanced’ status the COP will communicate the company’s implementation, or planned implementation, of commonly accepted best practices for all 24 Advanced Criteria, as suggested in the UNGC publication criteria for the GC Advanced Level.

For further information on COP Peer Review, please contact the UN Global Compact Network Secretariat.

Other useful links

  • View the COP Tools and Publications section on the UNGC website for further information on COPs, including details on policies, guidance and templates.
  • A free web-based tool – OneReport Communication on Progress (COP) Publisher – to help Global Compact participants prepare and publish progress reports on integrating the ten principles into day-to-day business operations and practices.  More on the OneReport COP tool
  • Making the Connection: a joint UN Global Compact/ Global Reporting Initiative guide that aims to help make connections between the two initiatives.  Download PDF