Upcoming Events


Event: Introducing the UN Global Compact
8 May 2015
Hosted by the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce

Having recently joined the UNGC and the Local Network, the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce are organising an event in Stoke-on-Trent on 8 May at lunchtime to introduce the initiative to their members. Existing Network members are also most welcome to attend to help encourage these companies to join us.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact the Secretariat.

Event: Empowering Women in the Workplace
14 May 2015
Hosted by Unilever

UN Women and the United Nation’s Global Compact created the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. While the business case for empowering women in the workplace is well established, there is still much work to be done defining best practice in actually implementing the principles. This event will provide a forum where companies can share their experiences with and ideas for practical action to empower women and promote gender equality.

This meeting is being organised in collaboration with the UN Women UK National Committee and will be hosted by Unilever at their London offices. The programme for the session is still being finalised, but you may register your interest in attending here.

Workshop: ‘Communicating Progress: The Essentials’
2 June 2015
Hosted by the Global Compact Network UK

The Global Compact Netowrk UK is offering a half-day training workshop on how to draft a Communication on Progress (COP) that effectively communicates with your company’s stakeholders and complies with the UN Global Compact’s reporting requirements.

This workshop is aimed at anyone stuggling to produce their COP. Presenters will discuss COP requirements, materiality, links to GRI, data collection/metrics and effective presentation.

There is a participation fee for this workshop, with a substantial discount for Network members (£50 for members; £150 for non-members).

Get more information and register here.

Save the date: Farewell Address from Georg Kell, UN Global Compact Executive Director
9 June
Hosted by KPMG

Georg Kell has been the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact since it was formed in 2000. Over the last 15 years, he has led the debate on corporate citizenship and responsibility, working with some of the world’s largest companies. This lecture will provide you with an opportunity to hear about his experiences promoting business ethics, environmental sustainability and human rights, as well as his views on future trends. Georg Kell is a true thought leader and this will undoubtedly be a memorable event.

This event is invitation only.

Conference: Global Compact +15: Business as a force for good 
23/25 June 2015
New York City

Marking the UN Global Compact’s 15th anniversary, this three-day conference will bring business and civil society to the United Nations to show how the private sector is taking action and partnering to advance societal priorities with an emphasis on the United Nations global agenda for sustainable development to be released later this year.

There will be numerous opportunities for signatory organisations to participate over the three days through focused meetings on human rights and labour, children’s rights, climate, peace, anti-corruption, supply chain, and UN-business partnerships will be convened by UN Global Compact platforms and working groups. On the final day of the conference there will be a special high-level luncheon session for CEOs. You may view the full programme here.

There will be an Anniversary Celebration Dinner to mark the UNGC’s 15th birthday. You can get more information about costs and sponsorship opportunities here.

We hope many of our members will consider attending this special conference; it would be great to see a large UK delegation participate.

Workshop: Operationalising the UN Guiding Principles
2-3 July 2015
Hosted by De Beers

Facilitated by consultants, twentyfifty, ‘Operationalising the UN Guiding Principles’ is a two-day business and human rights workshop, aimed at those who are tasked with leading their company’s corporate responsibility programmes.  This training will demystify human rights, give a business orientation to the UN Guiding Principles, and provide simple, practical advice on its implementation.

The workshop will be:

  • tailored to the participants’ specific needs through pre-training assessment interviews
  • based on an action-learning model, supporting participants to apply the training to their practice
  • highly interactive, with small group work and discussions where participants contribute their own experiences using real world examples
  • useful, through helping participants navigate the many resources available and to identify practical steps to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

For more information, please read the Workshop flyer.  Register interest in attending here.