Governance is the systems and processes that ensure the overall effectiveness of an entity – whether a business, government or multilateral institution.

The United Nations Global Compact has two separate programmes teams working with our participants & partners to better tackle SDG 16 as well as the "G" in "ESG":

1. Anti-Corruption Programmes

2. Transformational Governance Programmes

Promoting good governance is a multi-dimensional challenge, which requires efforts that are mutually reinforcing. For example, anti-corruption is essential to the rule of law and peace-building because corruption negatively impacts state capacity, social inclusion, and management of natural resources. Peace is an enabler of sustainable development and is a pre-condition for the establishment of the rule of law and efforts to reduce corruption. Finally, rule of law is necessary to effectively address the drivers of violent conflict, illicit financial flows, and impunity, and to provide a legal framework which ensures impartiality and predictability.

Companies can engage with the UN Global Compact on the three critical governance topics: anti-corruption, peace, and rule of law. At the micro level, companies can enhance good governance by integrating corporate sustainability principles into their own operations and relationships, allowing for greater transparency, accountability and inclusiveness. At the macro level, companies can contribute to the development and implementation of international norms and standards, for instance, as part of their commitment to the UN Global Compact.

By focusing on the ways companies can contribute anti-corruption, peace and rule of law, at both the global and local levels, the UN Global Compact is able harness the power of responsible business to respect and support the promotion of accountable and inclusive institutions and ensure just and peaceful societies for all.

Debating Disclosure: The Pros and Cons of Corporate Transparency

Businesses are facing increasing demands from their stakeholders to be more transparent about their practices and exposure to risks related to their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance. Pushing against the trend for more transparency are the costs of data collection, requirements for assurance, exposure to legal jeopardy, and legitimate perceptions of reputational risk. This report navigates this ‘transparency dilemma’, to build a better understanding of the risk/return profile of transparency and thereby help companies to balance competing interests.

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