What is the difference between the Global Compact and the Global Compact UK Network?

The United Nations Global Compact is a global platform for business and non-business entities to proactively network and engage in areas of human rights, labour, environment, anti-corruption. Participation in the Global Compact is a widely visible commitment to the implementation, disclosure, and promotion of its ten universal principles.Local Networks, such as the UK Network, are clusters of participants who come together to advance the United Nations Global Compact and its principles within a particular geographic context. Our role is to help companies engage in the Global Compact with respect to implementation of the ten principles, and create opportunities for multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action.

Do I have to pay to become a UNGC signatory?

Business participants are asked to make an annual donation to support the work of the UNGC, but this is currently not compulsory (more information here)

How much does it cost to join the UK Network?

Annual membership fees are £2895 +VAT for large companies, £2035 +VAT for medium-sized businesses and £505 +VAT for small companies and non-business members. This administration fee is necessary to cover the cost of the Network Secretariat and the Network’s programme of activity.

Why do I have to pay twice?

The voluntary donation supports the global governance of the UNGC and allows companies to attend in international meetings and working groups.
The donation to the local network supports the hosting of the UK Network Secretariat, which supports UK-based companies and local priorities and activities. It also represents UK based companies at international forums.

I am a small organization and cannot pay the fees that you request. Can I join as an observer or pay a lower rate?

Our “Non-Business” membership category was created to enable NGOs, academic institutions and other non-business organisations to become members of the Network.
Our fees are necessary to cover the costs of running the UK Network Secretariat – we believe they represent exceptional value for money and we are unable to offer discounted rates.

Can I just join the Global Compact without joining the Local Network?

Yes – there is no obligation to join the Local Network, but many signatories find that membership of the Local Network enables them to get more out of being Global Compact signatories. Joining the local network enables companies to engage locally on issues relating to the ten principles, participate in cross sector events and exchange with peers.
For more information about participating in the Global Compact, visit the UNGC website.

Can I join the Local Network without joining the Global Compact?

No – members of the UK Network must be registered signatories to the Global Compact.

What are the benefits of joining the UK Network?

There are many benefits of membership, but for many companies the key issues are:

  • support in fulfilling the UNGC’s requirement for communication on progress;
  • regular meetings and events, which provide excellent learning and networking opportunities;
  • staying informed about GCO activities;
  • enhanced relations with other UN agencies.

Who is the Secretariat of the UNGC Network UK?

The Secretariat of the Global Compact Network UK is hosted by The Sustainability Hub, a specialist consultancy. The Secretariat is responsible for coordinating a programme of activities for members of the Network.

How do I join the Network?

If you would like to join the Network, please contact the Secretariat. We will ask you to sign a statement of support and provide the following details:

  • Full contact details for the day-to-day contact(s) in the organisation;
  • Address details for sending the invoice and a PO# if needed;
  • A short (50 word) description of your organisation for the UK Network website;
  • Permission (or not) to announce your membership on our website and twitter.

Can more than one member of my company be on the mailing list?

Absolutely – please contact the Secretariat if you or another member of your company would like to receive information from the UK Network.

Can micro enterprises join the UK Network?

Micro enterprises are not currently eligible to join the Network, but we do encourage micro enterprises to engage with the Network on a case-by-case basis. Our policy on micro enterprises can be found here.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Secretariat.