Ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact

HUMAN RIGHTS

Principle 1:
Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed
human rights; and

Principle 2:
make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

LABOUR

Principle 3:
Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of
the right to collective bargaining;

Principle 4:
the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

Principle 5:
the effective abolition of child labour; and

Principle 6:
the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

ENVIRONMENT

Principle 7:
Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

Principle 8:
undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

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

ANTI-CORRUPTION

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

THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: GLOBAL ACTION FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET

The United Nations is expected to launch a groundbreaking set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, giving business a newly-relevant framework to guide their strategic priorities and efforts towards society. This represents a huge opportunity to drive sustainable business. The new framework builds on the Millennium Development Goals, broadening the scope to include a range of economic and environmental objectives alongside traditional development objectives such as health and education. The SDGs also set out goals towards a more peaceful, better-governed and more inclusive society. The Global Compact’s work covers most areas expected to be addressed by the SDGs, and Global Compact Local Networks will play a key role in facilitating action and partnerships on the ground to
implement the SDGs.