Ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact
Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed
human rights; and
make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of
the right to collective bargaining;
the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
the effective abolition of child labour; and
the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and
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.