Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the UN Global Compact and the UN Global Compact Network UK?
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, and anti-corruption. Participation in the UN 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 UN Global Compact Participants and Signatories who come together to advance the UN Global Compact and its principles within a particular geographic context. Our role is to help organisations engage in the UN 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 join the UN Global Compact?
Companies with annual turnover greater than USD 50 million are required to make an annual financial contribution to support the work of the UN Global Compact. For companies below that threshold and non-business organisations, there is no mandatory fee to join the UN Global Compact.
How much does it cost to join the UK Network?
For companies that are subject to a mandatory fee at the global level, UK Network membership is included without incurring any additional cost.
For organisations that are not required to make an annual financial contribution at the global level, UK Network membership is optional and subject to an annual membership fee. Please consult our 2020 Fee Schedule for further information.
Can I just join the UN Global Compact without joining the Local Network?
For companies subject to a mandatory fee at the global level, UK Network membership is included. However, though strongly encouraged, participation in Network activities is not a requirement. For organisations not subject to a mandatory fee at the global level, there is no obligation to join the UK Network. However, many UN Global Compact Participants and Signatories find that engaging the Local Network enables them to get more out of their UN Global Compact involvement. Joining the Local Network enables organisations 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 UN Global Compact?
No - members of the UK Network must be registered Participants or Signatories of the UN Global Compact.
There are many benefits of membership, but for many organisations the key issues are:
- support in fulfilling the UN Global Compact’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 UN Global Compact Network UK?
The Secretariat of the UN 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 UK Network?
If your organisation is subject to a mandatory fee at the global level, your UK Network membership is automatically included. However, we please ask you to provide us with the following information at email@example.com:
- Full contact details for the day-to-day contact(s) in the organisation;
- Names and email addresses for anyone in your organisation that you would like to receive our monthly newsletter;
- Short description of your organisation (50 words) and your logo;
- Permission (or not) to announce your membership on our website, newsletter and twitter.
If your organisation is not subject to a mandatory fee at the global level, UK Network membership is optional and incur a membership fee. Please consult our 2020 Fee Schedule here. If you would like to join, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will ask you to provide the same information + your address details for sending the invoice and a PO# if needed. Please go to this page for more information.
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.
What is the difference between UN Global Compact Participants and UN Global Compact Signatories?
As a result of the UN Global Compact's new funding model, organisations that are involved with the UN Global Compact are required to choose between two distinct engagement tiers: Participant or Signatory. Participants have full access to UN Global Compact resources and activities, while Signatories have basic access. Click here for more detailed information, and to select your engagement tier.
Can I use the UN Global Compact logo?
Yes. Participants and Signatories that wish to use any UN Global Compact logo must seek permission in advance and in writing through the logo request system on the UN Global Compact Dashboard. The UN Global Compact Network UK cannot send or provide permission to use UN Global Compact logos. For more information about how to use and request UN Global Compact logos, please click here. If you have any further questions, please contact the Secretariat.