The UN Global Compact Welcome Meeting 2016 will held in web mode on February 1st, from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.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 meeting will offer the opportunity for a discussion about and a comparison of the following points: UNGC’s objectives; commitments and opportunities for UNGC members; operational aspects of participating in the Global Compact (e.g. producing Communications on Progress/on Engagement - COP/COE, use of the Global Compact logos, etc.); the UNGC work program at global level.
Finally, in that occasion, the Global Compact Network Italy will be briefly presented, with a specific focus on how to join the Network and on its 2017 activities program.
During 2016, in light of the new commitments which were adopted at international level with the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on Climate, the GCNI Foundation worked to progressively assume an increasingly active role in terms of support to businesses in the integration processes of the SDGs to business strategies and enhancement of the experiences implemented within the network. A multi-year activities plan for firms, open to stakeholder organizations, was launched and has registered the first important results.
In particular, the first editions of the Business & SDGs High Level Meeting and the Italian Business & SDGs Annual Forum have highlighted three fundamental aspects: the private sector is widely recognized as the main actor of sustainable development and, for this reason, all the stakeholders (primarily, consumers and institutions) are called upon to encourage an orientation towards SDGs by businesses; the implementation path of the SDGs must necessarily be characterized as a participatory process to be managed through a collaboration between the parties; the new partnerships will involve all the actors of sustainable development in a coordinated way and by capitalizing on the specificities of each of them.
With the intention of making further progress, in the new year even more ambitious scenarios will open up, oriented firstly towards the launching of a shared project on the SDGs, to the promotion of a more widespread and effective involvement of SMEs in sustainable development, to the presentation of the SDGs Best Practice Collection in national and international spheres which is reserved for our members and which we are already working on.
(Marco Frey, President - Global Compact Network Italy Foundation)
With the aim of giving value to, illustrating and expanding knowledge with respect to the private sector’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation) has launched the "Collection of experiences and business practices related to the Sustainable Development Goals" project.
In the final months of 2016, the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation) will be engaged in an intense promotion of the United Nations Global Compact or, more generally, to make its own contribution in the context of national and international initiatives organized by partner agencies and aimed at a deepening study of sustainability issues, to the production of new knowledge or the sharing of good practices.
In October 2016 two new small and medium enterprises, Intesys Srl and Rebaioli SpA, became part of the Italian Network of the Global Compact Foundation (GCNI Foundation) coordinated by the Global Compact Network Italy. The first one is a Technological Digital Agency based in Verona. The second one is a firm located in the province of Brescia and involved in the construction of power lines, telecommunication towers and technological systems in general.
With over 2,000 participants, 1,500 users for the live stream, about 80 Italian and international speakers, on 9th November at Ecomondo - Rimini Fair - the fifth edition of the States General of the Green Economy in Italy drew to a close. The introductory session on 8th November morning was about the presentation of the Report on the State of the Green Economy dedicated to the Italian green economy in Europe and in the world in addition to other authoritative sources and the presence of the Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti.
The UN Global Compact is calling on companies everywhere to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in partnership with the UN, governments and civil society. The Partnership Passport is your guide to finding new partnerships and enhancing existing ones. With 10 inspiring examples of UN-Business collaboration, tips to plan your own partnerships, and directions for finding UN partners to work with, your journey awaits you.
Last week the United Nations Global Compact convened over 600 leaders from business, civil society, the UN and Government in Dubai to drive business awareness and action in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region. Hosted by Global Compact Network UAE, the four-day series of events entitled Making Global Goals Local Business – Dubai explored the actions and partnerships needed to advance the SDGs at the local level, particularly in the realm of peace and the humanitarian agenda.
“Already in the first year since the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, we are seeing companies around the world – and here in the UAE – responding to the vision of the global goals. The SDGs are helping to outline new markets and opportunities for companies to contribute to improving our world,” said Lise Kingo, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact.
The Global Compact Network UAE is one of the fastest growing country networks in the global initiative, reflecting the rising interest of business in the region on sustainability. Ms. Kingo urged more companies in the Gulf and MENA regions to join the UN Global Compact and determine how their operations, products and services can support the planet and better serve markets today and in the future.
Representing the Global Compact Network UAE, Mahmoud El Burai laid out the crises afflicting the world – including conflict, poverty, inequality and climate change – and the urgency of taking action right away. “It is a long way to go, and the SDGs are our starting point,” he said. “We are here to transform our world and we have to leave a legacy. We must unite and be one voice: the voice of wisdom and the voice of making a difference.”
Peace and the SDGs
A central focus of the week was the UN Global Compact’s Annual Business for Peace Event, recognizing the fundamental role of peace in advancing all of the SDGs. Held on 26 October, the event convened 250 participants across sectors to help move the peace agenda from aspiration to action and identify opportunities for companies to align their strategies with SDG 16 – the new universal goal on peace and good governance.
Addressing the peace event, H.E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment in the UAE, emphasized the deep connection between peace and sustainable development and outlined the work underway in the UAE around the SDGs.
On the role of business, Minster Al Zeyoudi said, “We see business as an important partner in realizing the ambitious 2030 Agenda as governments alone cannot undertake all that is required. But this not to be taken as a mere charity or to be ticked off as a corporate social responsibility item on the list. Business should consider engagement with the SDGs as a business opportunity because they make business sense.”
Moderated by Zainab Salbi, author and media commentator, the Business for Peace event showcased how companies are taking actions to support peace and humanitarian crises in all regions of the world. Multi-national and domestic companies shared their experiences promoting rule of law and inclusive societies, empowering women and fighting corruption to support the achievement of SDG 16. With respect to humanitarian crises, the need for private sector support was emphasized by UN entities and NGOs to help respond to the large movements of refugees and migrants. Education, employment and basic needs were identified as key areas for business action.
Global Compact Local Networks from Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Nigeria, Uganda, Ukraine, Turkey also shared their efforts to mobilize the private sector around issues such as violence containment, refugees, interfaith and intercultural understanding, and peace negotiations.
Additional Dubai events included:
24-25 October: Global Compact Local Networks from nearly 60 countries and representatives from over 30 UN agencies, funds and programmes focused on building private sector action on the SDGs country by country. Discussions centered on how to accelerate collaboration among business, the UN Global Compact and UN partners in local contexts, and in coordination with national SDG action plans. Participants shared examples of successful and scalable UN-Business partnerships, as outlined in the recently released UN Global Compact Partnership Passport.
25 October: Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Business for Peace Forum was hosted together with the American University of Sharjah, bringing together academics, practitioners, civil society, international organizations and NGOs to discuss cutting-edge academic research on how business can advance peace with a focus on peacebuilding and conflict-sensitive due diligence in alignment with SDG 16. PRME is a sister initiative of the UN Global Compact.
27 October: 2nd Regional Forum on Sustainability in Action: Business and the Sustainable Development Goals was hosted by the Pearl Initiative, Global Compact Network UAE and the UN Global Compact. Bringing together over 600 senior representatives from public and private companies, state-owned entities, government, the UN, civil society and academia across the MENA region, the Forum explored opportunities to provide solutions and innovate around the SDGs and the global goals’ themes of prosperity, people, planet, peace and partnership.
On 26th October 2016, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) launched the SDG Knowledge Hub in Geneva. It is a digital platform for the dissemination and sharing of information, knowledge and best practices to do with SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). This project will also be presented during a webinar on 3rd November. The platform aims specifically to publicise the objectives of the various States along their path towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and to communicate their progress, as it happens, about the SDGs to those interested.
As stated by Scott Vaughan – the President of the IISD - knowledge sharing and constant monitoring are necessary commitments to successfully achieve the 2030 Agenda objectives. It was with this in mind that the SDG Knowledge Hub was created. The SDG Knowledge Hub, accessible from the IISD site, suggests that the user selects a particular SDG, about which the Platform will provide several key data such as the number of news items, the number of events, the number of articles and the number of policies detected for the given goal. In addition, for each category of information (news, events, articles, policies) all the material produced so far is made available. IISD experts are responsible for selecting the information published, as participants in the events, while experts from partner organizations publish articles as external contributors. The user friendly platform allows the user to have immediate access to information from trusted sources and worthy of interest relating to the steps taken so far towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
For further information, visit the website: http://sdg.iisd.org/
At the end of September, the first edition of the “Italian Business & SDGs Annual Forum” was held in Venice and organized by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation in collaboration with the VIU - Venice International University and the University Ca' Foscari Venice and with the support of FriulAdria and Edison SpA.
On 26th of September the “Italian Business & SDGs Annual Forum” will be held in Venice, on the Island of San Servolo sponsored by the the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation) in collaboration with VIU – Venice International University and the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and with the support of FriulAdria and Edison SpA.
The Forum will bring together companies of all sizes, from various production sectors as long as they are engaged in, or intending to be, in the implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda. Representatives of institutions, civil society, and academic and research institutions will also take part.
The Italian organization, working in over 100 associated companies, is the country partner of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Global Network, made up of more than 60 CEO-led business organizations worldwide, united by a shared commitment to provide business leadership for sustainable development in their respective countries and regions.
Last 30 June, in Brussels, CSR Europe has elected a New Chair and Vice-Chair of its Board of Directors who will serve for the coming three years until CSR Europe’s General Assembly in 2019.