The first of three meetings to study the topic of corporate diversity management will be held on February 17th in Milan. The meeting, hosted by Edison, will focus on the conceptualization of this subject in a corporate context and will be divided into two sessions, the first held as a seminar, the second more hands on with the organization of working tables to compare issues which will have come up during the first session.
The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s "Environment" Working Group will meet again on 18th February 2016 from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. The meeting will be kindly hosted by the Cariplo Foundation.
The UN Global Compact Welcome Meeting 2016 will held in web mode on February 22nd, from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.. The event will be sponsored by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation and is intended for all the Italian companies and organizations that have joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in the last year.
The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation has published the activities plan for 2016 for the "Anti-corruption" Working Group.
Below isa list of upcoming seminars:
- 8th March: Anti-corruption management systems (e.g. Model 231)
- 5th July: Procurement with a focus on negotiation/signing of purchase contracts
- 13th September: Relations with the Public Administration
- 11th November: Concession of utilities, donations, humanitarian initiatives
As agreed at the last Working Group meeting, the day long seminars will be held on site and will consist of an initial training/studyphase followed by a subsequent phase of the discussion and sharing of corporate experiences with reference to the subject being examined.
Last December, the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s Board of Directors approved the guidelines for 2016. First of all, in the light of the data shared at the last European Local Networks’ Forum of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the GCNI Foundation will, as from now, commit to increasing the participation of Italian companies both globally and locally in the initiative. The objective will be pursued: by promoting new subscriptions to the initiative; by offering support to Italian business and non-business participants in order to prevent them from being de-listed for being non-compliant with the requirements of annual reporting imposed by the UNGC on all members; and by defining new ways of engagement specifically for SMEs.
On 10 December 2015, the Economic and Financial Committee of the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the evolving strategic engagement of the UN in multi-stakeholder partnerships, including with the private sector.
The resolution, under General Assembly agenda item 27 (Towards global partnerships: A principle-based approach to enhanced cooperation between the United Nations and all relevant partners), reiterates the UN Global Compact’s broad mandate, which is to “to advance United Nations values and responsible business practices within the United Nations system and among the global business community”. In the same occasion, UN Member States encouraged the private sector to enhance its involvement in combatting climate change.
Following the XXI Conference of the Parties (COP21), held in Paris from 30th November to 11th December 2015 and which concluded with the approval of 196 States (195 States + the European Union) for a new universal and binding agreement on climate to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation organized the Meeting “COP21: And Then What?” for the benefit of both its adherents and non-adherents. This meeting was held on 17th December at the headquarters of Atlantia S.p.A. in Rome. The event was an important opportunity to study the outcomes of the Climate Summit in Paris and to discuss future scenarios.
After the welcome speech by Simonetta Giordani, Sustainability and Institutional Relations Manager – Atlantia S.p.A., the following experts on the topics spoke: Marco Frey, President - Global Compact Network Italy Foundation; Andrea Barbabella, Head of Energy, Strategy and Reporting - Foundation for Sustainable Development; Andrea Valcalda, Head of Sustainability - Enel S.p.A.; and Pierre Monnier, Climate Project Manager - Global Compact Network France.
CSR Manager Network renews in 2016 its cultural and educational path dedicated to SMEs on issues of sustainability.
The domestic sector which accounts for over 90% of the actors is extremely diverse. Corporate sustainability can be a strategic tool for positioning and penetration of new markets and jobs.
Even large companies are demanding more at their supply chains to review their processes and products but most of these issues are often, and wrongly, considered concepts next only to "big" industry or multinationals.
The Global Compact and the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) are calling for companies to submit examples of how they engage in dialogue with investors on anti-corruption issues. Case studies will be featured in an upcoming publication by PRI and the Global Compact on “Investor-Corporate Engagement on Anti-Corruption” to be released later this year.
The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2016 (22-23 June 2016, New York) will provide a dynamic stage to jump-start business action everywhere on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs address the most important economic, social, environmental and governance challenges of our time, providing a clear and compelling direction for the future. Agreed by all UN Member States, these new global goals are set to be a major driver of the markets of tomorrow and can unleash a wave of sustainable products, services and business innovations.
The Report “MAKING THE CASE. Business, biodiversity and ecosystem services as a tool for change” was presented on 3rd November, at the IV edition of the States General of the Green Economy (Ecomondo, Rimini Fiera). This document was produced by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation in collaboration with the Institute of Management at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa and with the support of Terna SpA. Previously, the publication had been launched at an international level at the II EU B@B Platform Annual Conference held in Brussels on 27th October.
The XXI Conference of the parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will meet in Paris from 30th November to 11th December 2015.
The COP is the highest decision-making body of the UNFCCC and all the countries that have subscribed to the Convention are represented in it. The first COP was held in Berlin in 1995 and has since met annually unless otherwise defined by the Parties. Important occasions leading up to Paris in 2015 were: COP3 where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted; COP 11 during which the Action Plan of Montreal was produced; COP15 in Copenhagen, where the signing of the agreement for the approval of the Kyoto Protocol was postponed to 2015; and lastly, COP17 in Durban, where the Green Climate Fund was created.
The Enel Group obtained a new prestigious award in the field of sustainable development just days before the upcoming COP21 in Paris – the international conference on climate change. The multinational electric utility company received the highest rating in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a prestigious index that provides the financial community with a system to measure, manage and share their performance in terms of greenhouse gas emission reduction.
The Group’s 2016-2019 strategic plan supports its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, with a 7.7 billion Euro investment in renewable energy, thereby increasing the Group’s clean power capacity by 6.8 gigawatts. The figures could continue to grow – up to a total of 9 billion Euros during 2016-2019, adding up to an additional 7.7 GW – with the integration of Enel and EGP.
The next meeting of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s “Reporting” Working Group will be held in web mode by the end of the year. The meeting will focus on “How to use the results of the materiality analysis for strategic-management purposes”.
The meeting will be the last of a series of three seminars, which began in July, and aims to study the process leading to the development of materiality analysis and the possible uses of the results obtained. From the start, this course of study has been enriched by the participation of external experts speaking on issues of interest. At this last meeting there will be a new panel of speakers who will guide the participants in analysis activities and who will take part in a debate with all the people present.
Further information will soon be available about this event.
The Green Economy Italian Companies became a decisive and qualifying part of the national economy. This message emerged during the States General of the Green Economy, concluded on the 4th of November in Rimini, during the initiative Ecomondo-Key Energy-Cooperambiente.
In addition to Gian Luca Galletti, Minister for the Environment, more than 70 speakers participated, among which many international experts, and more than 2800 registrations to the venue. Moreover we take into account all the followers of the live streaming.
On 29th October the training day on the fight against corruption in firms was held at the headquarters of Siemens in Milan which was organized by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation and delivered by Ernst&Young experts on the subject.
The event enjoyed an extensive and lively participation of Network members, having been extended to participants outside the "Anti-Corruption" Working Group.
The day began with a welcome message from Siemens and then continued with the main "lecture" and debate among the participants.