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Executive Update: Statement by Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, on the Passing of Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

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“I propose that you, the business leaders… and we, the United Nations, initiate a global compact of shared values and principles, which will give a human face to the global market.” – Kofi Annan (1938–2018)

Read the statement by Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, on the passing of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Let me join the UN Secretary-General and all our colleagues around the world in expressing my heartfelt condolences to the wife and family of Kofi Annan, a great leader and visionary.

5 Things Sustainable Companies Do: The Power of Principles

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According to the UN Global Compact's Guide to Corporate Sustainabiliy, to be sustainable, companies must do five things, which starts with a company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

As Sustainability Commitments and Policies Gain Ground, Corporate Practice Still Lags Behind

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As a deeper understanding of sustainability issues is gaining momentum around the world, companies of all sectors are stepping up efforts to build environmental and social considerations into management strategies and policies. However, much remains to be done to truly operationalize corporate sustainability and translate commitments into tangible action. This is one of the central findings of the UN Global Compact’s 2011 Implementation Survey, the most comprehensive global survey on business policies and actions to advance sustainability.

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As a deeper understanding of sustainability issues is gaining momentum around the world, companies of all sectors are stepping up efforts to build environmental and social considerations into management strategies and policies. However, much remains to be done to truly operationalize corporate sustainability and translate commitments into tangible action. This is one of the central findings of the UN Global Compact’s 2011 Implementation Survey, the most comprehensive global survey on business policies and actions to advance sustainability.

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