Upcoming Events

Webinar: Improving Worker Well-Being in the Workplace
22 April 2015

This webinar is part of our ongoing successful events partnership with Sedex in which we explore challenges of implementing the UN Global Compact principles in supply chains.

Well-being for all has been included in the draft Sustainable Development Goals. How could this affect companies’ worker management? High-profile initiatives like the Bangladesh Accord reflect increased investment to ensure a safe and healthy environment for workers, but what else is being done to ensure that worksite-based improvements meaningfully improve workers’ lives? With this webinar we will seek to answer the questions:

  • Why is addressing well-being important?
  • What are the factors influencing it?
  • What approaches are leaders taking?
  • What can companies do to contribute to positive worker well-being?

Cindy Berman, Head of Knowledge & Learning at the Ethical Trading Initiative is a confirmed speaker and she will be joined by a representative from a leading company and Jo Webb, Head of Stakeholder Relations at Sedex.

You can get more information and register here.


Conference: Living wages: desireable, feasible, inevitable 

29-30 April 2015
1st day conference; 2nd day workshops
Hosted by KPMG

This two-day event will tackle a rising concern for UK businesses – commiting to and paying the living wage.  The first day (29th April) will be a conference comprised of keynote speeches, panel discussions and group work. The following day (30th April) will be an optional day of workshops on approaches companies can take to move forward on developing and integrating living wages. When registering, you will be asked to indicate whether you will attend both days.  Spaces are allocated to members of ETI in addition to the Global Compact Network UK, so we encourage our members to register now to avoid disappointment.  Register here.

*This event will be run in partnership with the Ethical Trading Initiative. 


Event: Introducing the UN Global Compact
8 May
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 2014
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.


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
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.