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the united nations global compact

SENT BY RITA FISHMAN, ICJW representative to UN NY

THE TEN PRINCIPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT 


The UN Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption: 

HUMAN RIGHTS
1. Business should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
2. Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

LABOUR
3. Business should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
4. The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
5. The effective abolition of child labour; and
6. The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

 ENVIRONMENT
7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental changes;
8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

ANTI-CORRUPTION
10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

UPDATED PARTICIPATION FIGURES AS OF 30 APRIL 2016. 


137 companies and 52 non-business stakeholders joined the Global Compact in April 2016.

56 companies were expelled for failing to communicate on progress.

The largest companies (by employee number) to join during April were:
Marks & Spencer PLC (United Kingdom),
Thomson Reuters (USA),
MRV Engenharia e Participacoes (Brazil),
Softtek (Mexico),
Julius Berger Nigeria Plc (Nigeria),
The VELUX Group (Denmark),
Kakira Sugar Limited Uganda,
Veritas Technologies LLC (USA),
Segula Technologies (France),
Unilever Sanayi ve Ticaret Turk A.S. (Turkey).

Cumulative total Figures as of 30 April 
Business participants: 8,693
Non-business participants: 5,099
Communications On Progress submitted: 37,848
Expelled business participants: 6,272

More information: http://www.unglobalcompact.org/ where all of the companies that have signed the Global Compact are searchable by industry sector and country.