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The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system. By incorporating the Ten Principles into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.

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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 challenges;

8. undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

9. encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Responsible Business Conduct requires the awareness of the economic, ecological and social dimensions of the company’s whole value chain. All UN Global Compact participants are expected to take a principals-based approach to business by embedding the Ten Principles into their strategies, operations and culture of their whole organisation.

 

We connect Responsible Business Conduct to core UN values, accepted by countries across the world. The Agenda 2030 with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offers a unique business opportunity to create value through sustainable products and services that serve all stakeholders and the society in which companies operate.

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Switzerland & Liechtenstein

 
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Responsible Impact Board Program

The search for solutions to global megatrends and challenges – be they cyber-attacks, climate change or poverty – is increasingly influencing the work of board of directors. 

Chapter Zero Switzerland, engageability and the Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein in collaboration with ESG Competent Boards and the Swiss Board School are organizing a board program. It is designed by and for board members to embrace a future-fit mindset, address key sustainability issues and think ahead. 

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Tour de Suisse on Responsible Business

The Global Compact Network Switzerland and Liechtenstein is going on Tour to raise awareness and promote responsible and sustainable business practices. This Tour de Suisse on Responsible Business will feature many events in different Swiss cities. 

Each event will focus on one aspect of responsible business and showcase best practices from Swiss companies, promote dialogue among various stakeholders (civil society, academia, business, local government, etc.) and highlight what the Swiss Confederation expects from companies in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Human Rights Due Diligence.  

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Introduction: Corporate Social Responsibility, UN Global Compact and Business Sustainability

The Global Compact Network Switzerland and Liechtenstein organizes approximately four times a year an introductionary training. This introduction will give an overview on the UN Global Compact (UNGC), its principles, methods and instruments. It is targeted towards new members, potentially interested members and for new staff of the Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein member companies and organisations.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Tour de Suisse on Responsible Business - Accelerating the Transition to Net-Zero Building
    10 May, 14:30 – 19:30 CEST
    EMPA Dübendorf, Ueberlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Schweiz
    Businesses - Drivers for sustainable societies.
  • Responsible Impact Board Program - Embracing the Mindset
    01 Sept, 16:30 – 20:00
    Zürich, Hegibachstrasse 47, 8032 Zürich, Schweiz
    The search for solutions to global megatrends and challenges such as cyber-attacks, climate change or poverty are increasingly influencing the work of the board of directors.
  • Responsible Impact Board Program - Addressing Key Issues (1/3)
    06 Oct, 16:30 – 20:00 CEST
    Online-Event
    The search for solutions to global megatrends and challenges such as cyber-attacks, climate change or poverty are increasingly influencing the work of the board of directors.
  • Responsible Impact Board Program - Addressing Key Issues (2/3)
    27 Oct, 16:30 – 20:00 CEST
    Zürich, Hegibachstrasse 47, 8032 Zürich, Schweiz
    The search for solutions to global megatrends and challenges such as cyber-attacks, climate change or poverty are increasingly influencing the work of the board of directors.
  • Responsible Impact Board Program - Addressing Key Issues (3/3)
    17 Nov, 16:30 – 20:00 CET
    Online Event
    The search for solutions to global megatrends and challenges such as cyber-attacks, climate change or poverty are increasingly influencing the work of the board of directors.
  • Responsible Impact Board Program - Thinking Ahead
    15 Dec, 16:30 – 20:00 CET
    Zürich, Hegibachstrasse 47, 8032 Zürich, Schweiz
    The search for solutions to global megatrends and challenges such as cyber-attacks, climate change or poverty are increasingly influencing the work of the board of directors.

Publications

 
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Guide to Corporate Sustainability
 

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UN Global Compact Management Model