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One Global Compact: A call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Based on the Ten Universal Principles and the 17 SDGs, the UN Global Compact pursues the vision of an inclusive and sustainable global economy. Over 17,500 companies and organizations are already signatories of the UN Global Compact and contribute to the global vision. The UN Global Compact offers all participants extensive support services with leading experts on key sustainability topics as well as high-profile international events. 

The Global Compact Network Germany (GCN Germany) currently comprises more than 720 participants - around 660 of which are companies ranging from DAX to SMEs, as well as 60 representatives of civil society, science and politics. With the aim of initiating change processes in companies and strategically anchoring sustainability, the GCN Germany focuses on the topics of business & human rights, environment & climate, corruption prevention as well as reporting and the SDGs.

UN Global Compact Mission

At the UN Global Compact, we aim to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want. That’s our vision.

To make this happen, the UN Global Compact supports companies to:

  1. Do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption; and
  2. Take strategic actions to advance broader societal goals, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation.

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

Human Rights

1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
2. make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

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Labour

3. Businesses 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.

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Environment

7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
8. undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
9. encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

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Anti-Corruption

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

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

About the SDGs

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted in 2015, the international community expresses its conviction that global challenges can only be solved together. Building on the 10 principles, the signatories of the Global Compact are called upon to promote the general goals of the United Nations, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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