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 German Global Compact Network (DGCN) 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 DGCN focuses on the topics of business & human rights, environment & climate, corruption prevention as well as reporting and the SDGs.
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:
- Do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption; and
- Take strategic actions to advance broader societal goals, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation.
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.
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.
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.
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).