News of Global Compact Network Switzerland

Please join us for the inaugural session of the new UN Global Compact Academy, featuring an interactive dialogue with Lise Kingo and John Ruggie on the need for a principles-based approach to the Global Goals — an approach that puts respect for human rights at the centre of business action.

Lise Kingo's Annual Letter to UN Global Compact participants signals a new era for the initiative.

Business is increasingly recognising the importance of human rights. A 2015 survey of The Economist Intelligence Unit found that a majority of business executives now recognise that business is an important player in respecting human rights, and that what their companies do – or fail to do – affects those rights.

In its brand new Sustainability Report, Fairtrasa describes its unique development model and makes the link to the SDGs. 

The programme ‘Out of Work and into School’, initiated by the Stop Child Labour Coalition, which ran from May 2014 to April 2017 on four continents, has had remarkable results. To a large extent, this is due to a relatively new pathway towards the ultimate goal of pulling children out of workplaces and getting them into classrooms. This inspiring pathway, called Child Labour Free Zones, is a sensitive, all-inclusive, area-based approach, encompassing not only the entire community of an area but also local organisations and authorities, companies, CSR initiatives, and local NGO’s.

Showing the contribution of UN Global Compact business participants towards sustainable development, this report assesses progress in terms of how companies are taking action on the Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals, and features ten interviews with disruptive business leaders. It also highlights ten focus areas for the future where further business engagement is needed.

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