As a voluntary initiative, the Global Compact seeks wide participation from a diverse group of businesses and other organisations. To participate in the Global Compact, an organisation must prepare a Letter of Commitment from the Chief Executive Officer (and endorsed by the board) to the UN Secretary-General expressing support for the Global Compact and its principles.
The Global Compact provides templates that organisations may use for this letter:
The organisation must then complete the Online Application Form and upload a digital copy of the Letter of Commitment:
Once a signatory to the UN Global Compact, organisations are expected to:
- set in motion changes to their operations so that the Global Compact and its principles
- publicly advocate the Global Compact and its principles via communications vehicles such as press releases, speeches, etc.; and
- business participants must publish an annual Communication on Progress (COP) that describes the ways in which the business supports the Global Compact and its 10 principles