on Progress (CoP)
Reporting to stakeholders in a transparent and public manner is fundamental for companies committed to sustainability. Your company’s annual Communication on Progress (CoP) is a key component of your commitment to the UN Global Compact. To streamline reporting on the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals and support an evolving reporting marketplace, the UN Global Compact has introduced new CoP process.
2023 Communication on Progress
We are pleased to announce that our interim digital platform is now available for submissions of the 2023 Communication on Progress (CoP). In light of the technical issues experienced, submitting the CoP is now voluntary for 2023 and no participants will be considered “Non-communicating” or “Delisted” for failure to submit a CoP this year.
For those participants wishing to publicly submit a CoP in 2023, the reporting deadline is 1 March 2024. For the 2023 reporting year, a sustainability report uploaded through the interim digital platform can be submitted in lieu of the CoP questionnaire. Please review other 2023 specifications in our policy guidance here.
In case of questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. More general information on the CoP as well as further guidance and on-demand courses can be accessed below.
2023 CoP Submission Process (voluntary)
Communication on Progress
In 2023 a new Communication on Progress (CoP) was introduced to enable participating companies to understand, measure, track, and disclose their performance on the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. The new framework transitions from a narrative format to a standardized questionnaire supported by a digital platform. All business participants will be required to disclose their progress using the new Communication on Progress system beginning in 2023. Relevant information and documents can be found further below.
Overall, the CoP is designed to add value to participants in several ways:
Build credibility and brand value by showing their commitment to the Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Measure and demonstrate progress to stakeholders on the Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals, in a consistent and harmonized way.
Receive insight, learn, and continuously improve performance by identifying gaps, accessing guidance and setting sustainability goals.
Compare progress against peers with access to one of the largest sources of free, public and comparable corporate sustainability data.
2024 Submission Period
The universal submission period runs from 1 April to 31 July 2024.
Business participants who do not complete and submit the 2024 CoP through the digital platform by 5pm (ET) on 31 July 2024 will be listed as ‘Non-communicating’ on 1 August 2024. ‘Non-communicating’ participants who do not submit a 2024 CoP by 31 December 2024 at 5pm (ET) will be delisted from the UN Global Compact on 1 January 2025. Please refer to the Delisting and Rejoining Policy for additional information.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the UN Global Compact and the UN Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein?The United Nations Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative and aims to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders. It provides a platform for business and non-business entities to proactively network and engage in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. Participation in the UN Global Compact is a visible commitment to the implementation, disclosure, and promotion of its Ten universal Principles. Local Networks, such as the Swiss & Liechtenstein Network, advance the initiative and its Ten Principles at the country level. Our role is to support organisations engage in the UN Global Compact with respect to the implementation of its principles and provide guidance to put sustainability commitments into action. By providing a platform for dialogue and learning, we create opportunities for multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action.
Who can join the UN Global Compact?Participation in the UN Global Compact is open to any business genuinely committed to implementing the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact throughout its operations and sphere of influence and communicating on its progress each year. Properly constituted (under prevailing national law) companies from any industry sector are eligible for participation, except those listed here. Non-business organisations (e.g. civil society organisations/NGOs, business associations, foundations, academic institutions, public sector organisations, labour organisations and cities) are also encouraged to become Participants of the UN Global Compact.
Can company subsidiaries join the UN Global Compact?The UN Global Compact applies the leadership principle. If a parent company is a Participant to the UN Global Compact, the commitment is assumed to apply for all subsidiaries as well. Subsidiaries that wish underline their commitment and become a UN Global Compact signatory alongside their parent are invited to become a member of the UN Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein and to actively participate in our activities at the local and global level. To learn more about how subsidiaries can join the UN Global Compact see here.
Why should my organisation join?The UN Global Compact provides a universal language for corporate responsibility and provides a framework to guide all businesses regardless of size, complexity or location. We are your guide every step of the way. We’ll help you commit to, assess, define, implement, measure and communicate your sustainability strategy. Discover how you will benefit from the UN Global Compact here.
How much will it cost?Please consult the UN Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein’s dedicated Fee Sheet here.
How can my organisation join?We are glad that you are interested in taking the next steps towards joining the UN Global Compact and to actively engage with the UN Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein. Please consult the joining process here.
What will we have to do if we sign up?As a voluntary initiative, the UN Global Compact seeks wide participation from a diverse group of businesses. As a participant of the UN Global Compact, a company: Sets in motion changes to business operations so that the UN Global Compact and its Ten Principles become part of strategy, culture and dayto-day operations; Is expected to publicly advocate the UN Global Compact and its principles via communications vehicles such as press releases, speeches, etc; and Is required to communicate with their stakeholders on an annual basis on progress (Communication on Progress) in: Implementing the Ten Principles and Efforts to support societal priorities. There are a number of ways that companies can take action to embed corporate sustainability into their DNA. Find out what you can do here.
What is the Communication on Progress (CoP)?The UN Global Compact requires participating companies to produce an annual Commitment on Progress (CoP) that details their work to embed the Ten Principles into their strategies and operations, as well as efforts to support societal priorities. The CoP is a visible expression of your commitment to sustainability and provides valuable information to your company’s stakeholders. Companies that fail to report or to meet the criteria over time may be removed from the initiative. Click here for more detailed information on the CoP and its requirements.
Is there a possibility to extend the CoP deadline?The CoP policy offers two resources for participants to modify their deadline: Grace Period: Grants an additional period of 90 days for organizations that will be delayed in submitting their CoP due to unforeseen events. Please find a guide to submit a Grace letter here. Adjustment Request: Allows a onetime only deferral of up to 11 months to adjust an organization’s internal reporting cycle. A guide to request an adjustment is provided here.
Can we use the UN Global Compact Logo?Participants and Signatories that wish to use a UN Global Compact logo are asked to seek permission in advance by using the online logo request system. An exception is the Communication on Progress (CoP) logo which is available for participants to include in their CoP without prior permission. For more information about how to use and request UN Global Compact logos, please click here. If you have any further questions, please contact us.
How do I update the contact information of my company?To update contact information, Participants may login to the UN Global Compact website. In the “Contacts” tab of the dashboard, a new contact can be created, or an existing contact can be edited by clicking on the pencil picture under the appropriate contact name to modify its details.
Recommended Resources and Documents
For CoP resources in German, please visit the website of the UN Global Compact Network Germany.