Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact brings business together with UN agencies, civil society and governments to advance ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Through the power of collective action, the UN Global Compact seeks to mainstream these ten principles in business activities around the world and to catalyze actions in support of broader UN goals. With more than 6,000 participating companies and stakeholders in 135 countries, it is the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.
A commitment to the UN Global Compact demonstrates that a participating organization is willing to take part in building a sustainable global economy. While every organization’s approach and contribution to sustainable development may be unique, what matters is that all UN Global Compact signatories are dedicated to positive change and continuous performance improvement.
The U.S. Network of the UN Global Compact is a regional focal point for signatories of this initiative. The U.S. Network aims to further the UN Global Compact’s ten principles and serves members by providing regular working symposiums that feature the sharing of best and emerging practices, mechanisms through which to advance issues of mutual interest, and support for members in meeting performance and reporting requirements.