UN Global Compact Bulletin (February 2019)

Feb 28, 2019 6:30 PM ET

The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, actions you can take, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look at this monthly communication for important information. Please note that actions and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders, unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.


Join us at the 2019 Women's Empowerment Forum to drive momentum on gender equality

On 14 March, join the UN Global Compact, UN Women and the UN Office for Partnerships at the UN Headquarters in New York for the 2019 Women’s Empowerment Principles Forum. The WEPs Forum aims to accelerate the pace of progress on gender equality and inspire responsible businesses everywhere to empower women. From driving the representation and leadership of women in management and investment decisions, to ensuring equal pay for equal work, to increasing support for women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, all companies can play a vital role in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Register to attend the Forum today »



Introducing the Young SDG Innovators Programme

This month, the UN Global Compact launched two programmes to engage and recognize young professionals in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. The Young SDG Innovators Programme was kicked off by Global Compact Network Denmark and will be implemented by Global Compact Local Networks in nearly a dozen countries this year. It will create a global network of future business leaders equipped to run tomorrow's most sustainable companies. Also announced was the annual search for UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers — business leaders who are using business as a force for good. The 2019 SDG Pioneers programme will start its search at the national level before going global and recognizing at least five young professionals during the UN General Assembly. Read more »

Lise Kingo tells Bloomberg TV sustainability is an “unstoppable trend”

UN Global Compact CEO & Executive Director Lise Kingo sat down with Bloomberg TV anchor Ramy Inocencio to discuss how the Sustainable Development Goals present companies with a North Star for shaping their sustainability strategies and for turning risks into opportunities. "The trend of companies wanting to be sustainable in their operations is an unstoppable trend,” she told him. Watch the interview »

Landmark climate report triggers call for increased ambition

After a sweeping report from the world’s top climate scientists revealed the threshold for preventing catastrophic climate change is 1.5°C, the Science Based Targets initiative is urging companies to scale up their efforts to mitigate global temperature rise. The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights the stark difference between 1.5°C and 2.0°C of warming, and calls for a economic transformation the likes of which have “no documented historic precedent.” In response, the Science Based Targets initiative announced new updates to support business to raise their ambition, and set targets in line with a 1.5°C ambition — see why it’s better for business, too »

First look: new platform for managing SDG progress

The SDGs are a roadmap to the world we want, but they cannot be achieved without bold business engagement. Yet since their adoption over three years ago, no definitive tool for businesses to manage progress towards the Goals exists. Now, together with B Lab, the UN Global Compact is developing a new online platform for companies around the world to manage their SDG progress while also benchmarking against peers and key indicators. See how your company can join the project »

Pioneering “Reporting on the SDGs” framework enters its next stage

“You can only manage what you can measure”: building on the existing tools and resources for reporting on the SDGs, the UN Global Compact and GRI have announced a continuation of their groundbreaking project to empower business to achieve the 2030 Agenda. Learn why reporting matters, and how you can scale up your company’s SDG reporting »

Climate action is the mega driver to achieving the 2030 Agenda

Just as our physical climate is changing, so, too, is the business climate. The response to and urgency of climate change is placing increased pressure on businesses from all stakeholders — paving the way for climate change to become the most significant market disruptor of our lifetime. The new Global Opportunity Explorer 2019 Insights report argues that this new reality will demand a dynamic shift in business mindsets, where companies will have to move away from the ambition of being the best in the world, to being the best for the world. Published by DNV GL and Sustainia with support from the UN Global Compact, the report takes an in-depth look at climate risks and opportunities for the business community. See which sectors will be most affected by climate change »

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The Global Goals in Action video series highlights how companies that align their strategies and operations with the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact are empowered to help achieve the SDGs. Watch the Video Series »



  • Explore our Action Platforms
    Rooted in the Ten Principles, our Action Platforms are designed to help companies take a deep dive on critical issues and advance the SDGs »
  • Have you signed the Women's Empowerment Principles?
    Join over 2,000 other business leaders around the world who have endorsed the Women's Empowerment Principles — committing to advance gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community »
  • Nominate an SDG Pioneer
    We are searching for young professionals aged 35 and under who are making Global Goals local business. Nominate an SDG Pioneer today »

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Business Guide to the Commission on the Status of Women

Are you organizing a business-relevant event between 4–22 March in New York during the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63)? Submit your event for inclusion in our business guide and explore all events seeking to drive gender equality and empower women. View the Business Guide »



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Eight new sessions on the UN Global Compact Academy Learning Platform have been announced for companies engaging with the UN Global Compact at the Participant level. See how you can learn from peers and experts »

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The UN Global Compact welcomes 188 new companies and 64 new non-business stakeholders.

The largest companies (by employee number) to join during the month were:

  • Yildiz Holding A.S. (Turkey)
  • Falck (Denmark)
  • Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA (Norway)
  • The Hershey Company (United States of America)
  • International Game Technology plc (United Kingdom)
  • LSR Group (Russian Federation)
  • Companhia de Saneamento do Parana (Brazil)
  • Instituto de Gestao e Humanizacao (IGH) (Brazil)
  • Mosaic Fertilizantes (Brazil)

79 companies were expelled for failing to Communicate on Progress.




As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals.

Leila Puutio
United Nations Global Compact
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