The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to voluntarily align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues. The UN Global Compact is a leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible corporate policies and practices. Launched in 2000, it is largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with over 12,000 signatories based in 145 countries.
The case for responsible business practices is strengthening, with a growing number of companies taking action. This report synthesizes survey feedback from nearly 2,000 Global Compact companies and assesses the state of corporate sustainability today.
The Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013 looks at the state of corporate sustainability today – providing an in-depth review of the actions taken by companies around the world to embed responsible practices into their strategies, operations and culture. The report is based on responses to the Global Compact Annual Implementation Survey. It provides a robust view on how businesses everywhere – and of all sizes – are adjusting their policies and practices to address today’s sustainability agenda, and also takes a deeper dive into key findings of the survey. The purpose of this report is to assess corporate action against the steps of the Global Compact Management Model – and look specifically at the range of elements considered critical to a comprehensive sustainability approach: management practices to embed sustainability throughout the organization and into the supply chain, and actions on the Ten Principles. Companies’ efforts to contribute to global priorities through core business practices, philanthropy, advocacy and partnerships are also reviewed. This report is also a guide. It outlines a comprehensive set of actions that companies of all sizes can take to ingrain human rights, labour, environment and anticorruption principles into their corporate DNA.