Launched in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.
Today, many hundreds of companies and non-profit organisations from all regions of the world, are engaged in the UN Global Compact, working to advance Ten Universal Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
The Global Compact's 10 principles enjoy universal consensus and are derived from:
1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally
proclaimed human rights; and
2. Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective
recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
4. The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
5. The effective abolition of child labour; and
6. The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental
8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly
10. Businesses should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and
Once a signatory to the UN Global Compact, organisations are expected to: