United Nations Global Compact

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for business committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The initiative also seeks to align UN goals and issues through collaboration and collective action.

The UN Global Compact works through the implementation of the following 10 principles:

Human Rights

  • Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

  • Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses. 

Labour

  • Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

  • Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

  • Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and

  • Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. 

Environment

  • Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

  • Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

  • Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.  

Anti-Corruption

  • Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

To participate in the programme, applicants are asked to apply online.

Read more on the UN Global Compact website.