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 with annual turnover greater than USD 50 million are required to make an annual financial contribution to support the work of the UNGC (more information here). For companies below that threshold and non-business organisations, there is no mandatory fee to become a UN Global Compact signatory.

How much does it cost to join the UK Network?

Membership in the Local Network is included in the mandatory financial contribution, so there is no additional cost for companies that are subject to that fee.
For organisations not subject to the mandatory fee, such as subsidiaries of companies that pay the fee in another country or companies with turnover below USD 50 million or non-business organisations, there is an annual membership fee for the Network. For 2018 the fees are £2895 +VAT for large companies, £2035 +VAT for medium-sized businesses and £515 +VAT for small companies and non-business members.

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

Membership in the Local Network is included in the mandatory financial contribution, however, members are not required to participate in Network activities.
For organisations not subject to the mandatory fee, there is no obligation to join the Local Network. However, many signatories find that engaging the Local Network enables them to get more out of being Global Compact signatories. Participating in the local network enables companies to engage locally on issues relating to the ten principles, participate in cross sector events and exchange with peers.

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.