Communicating Progress

Communication on Progress

For companies, one of the requirements of being a UN Global Compact Participant or Signatory is to submit an annual Communication on Progress (COP) report.

A COP seeks to inform a company’s stakeholders about its progress in implementing the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The purpose of the COP is both to ensure and deepen the commitment of UN Global Compact Participants and Signatories, and to safeguard the integrity of the initiative. In addition, the collection of COPs on the UN Global Compact website creates a rich source of corporate practice examples that serve as a basis for learning and continuous performance improvement. UN Global Compact business Participants and Signatories are obliged to publish annually a COP compliant with UN Global Compact requirements.

Everything you need to know about COP reports can be found on the UN Global Compact website:
Please visit The Communication on Progress (COP) in Brief and Create and submit your COP.

Kindly note that non-business UN Global Compact Signatories are required to submit an annual Communication on Engagement (COE).

COP Workshops

The UN Global Compact Network UK organises COP Workshops on a regular basis for UK-based companies that are UN Global Compact Participants and Signatories.

These training sessions cover different aspects of producing a Communication on Progress, including:

· What are the requirements of a COP?
· Data collection and assurance
· Reporting on the UNGC Issue Areas
· Case studies of best practice COPs
· How to convert your CSR report into a COP
· Integrating GRI and COP

COP workshops are intended to support companies producing their first COP, but are also a great introduction to the UN Global Compact and UN Global Compact Network UK.

For more information, please visit our upcoming events.