The United Nations Global Compact: Achievements, Trends and Challenges

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The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative that encourages businesses to support ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor standards, the environment, and anti-corruption. It is the world's largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative with more than 7,500 business and non-business participants in over 130 countries. This book reviews the first ten years of the Compact's existence (2000-2010) by presenting exclusively commissioned chapters from well-known scholars, practitioners from the business world and civil society, and Global Compact staff. They reflect on what the Global Compact has achieved, what trends it may have to respond to, and what challenges are ahead. The book contains not only up-to-date reflections but also debates recent changes to the structure of the Compact, including the Communication on Progress policy, the role of Global Compact Local Networks, and the role of emerging specialized initiatives.

Author Biography

Andreas Rasche is Assistant Professor of Business in Society at Warwick Business school and, since 2007, has worked as a consultant to the United Nations Global Compact office in New York. He received his Ph.D. in strategic Management and corporate Responsibility from the European Business School, Germany. His research focuses on global governance and transnational organizational regulation in the context of contested global issues. He has published widely in leading international journals on corporate responsibility and has guest-edited special issues of various journals.
Georg Kell is the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. His career with the United Nations began in 1987 at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. in 1997, Mr Kell joined the office of the UN Secretary-General in New York, where he spearheaded the development of new strategies to enhance private sector engagement with the work of the United Nations. As one of the Global Compact's key architects, he has led the initiative since its launch in 2000. A native of Germany, he holds advanced degrees in economics and engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. viii
List of tablesp. x
List of boxesp. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xii
List of contributorsp. xvii
Acknowledgementsp. xxvii
Foreword UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonp. xxviii
Why This Book Matters! Eric Cornuelp. xxix
The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compactp. xxxi
Introduction: The United Nations Global Compact-retrospect and Prospectp. 1
Achievements, trends and challenges: reflections on the Principlesp. 21
Making sense of the United Nations Global Compact human rights principlesp. 23
The promise of the United Nations Global Compact: a trade union perspective on the labour principlesp. 44
The United Nations Global Compact Environmental Principles: Achievements, trends and Challengesp. 59
'Caring for Climate': the Business Leadership Platformp. 80
Anti-corruption: challenges and trendsp. 101
Participants and engagment mechanismsp. 113
Implementing the United Nations Global Compactp. 115
Academic institutions and the United Nations Global Compact: the Principles for Responsible Management Educationp. 144
Corporate responsibility and the Business school agendap. 161
NGOs and the United Nations Global Compact: the link between civil society and corporationsp. 182
Financial markets and the United Nations Global Compact: the Principles for Responsible Investmentp. 195
Learning from the Roundtables on the Sustainable Enterprise Economy: the United Nations Global Compact and the next ten yearsp. 215
The United Nations Global Compact as a learning approachp. 234
Governance and Communication on Progressp. 249
The United Nations Global Compact's governance framwork and integrity measuresp. 251
The United Nations Global Compact Communications on Progress policy: Origin, trends and challengesp. 265
COP reporting in action: the Case of Petrobrasp. 281
The United Nations Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiativep. 293
Local Networks: the emerging global-local linkp. 315
Building the United Nations Global Compact Local Network Model: history and highlightsp. 317
The United Nations Global Compact as a Network of Networksp. 340
Running a Global Compact Local Network: insights from the experience in Germanyp. 355
Building corporate citizenship through the United Nations Global Compact: contributions and lessons learned from the Argentinean Local Networkp. 370
Concluding remarks: from a alleviating the negative impacts of globalization to transforming marketsp. 386
Glossaryp. 397
Bibliographyp. 403
Indexp. 423
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