The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation has published the activities plan for 2016 for the "Anti-corruption" Working Group.
The first meeting 2016 of the Working-Group was held on 8th of March and it was focused on the topic "Anti-corruption management systems (e.g. Model 231)".
The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s (Foundation GCNI) "Business & Human Rights" Working Group will meet again on 7th July.
On 21st April 2016, the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s "Reporting" Working Group held its latest meeting which was aimed at finalizing the methodological paper focused on the method of operation and use for the strategic purposes of materiality analysis.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva is promoting an e-learning course on Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from 4 to 22 July 2016.
The course aims to introduce the participants to the concept of CSR, operationalizing the term and ensuring a cohesive definition of CSR and its applications for corporate sustainability. The learning materials and tools allow participants acquire relevant introductory knowledge that will help them and their organizations to better address social responsibility concerns through a United Nations perspective.
Full information about the course is available at https://www.unitar.org/event/full-catalog/introduction-corporate-social-responsibility-0.
Deadline for registration is 3 July 2016.
The International training Centre of the ILO is organizing a training course on International Labour Standards and Social Corporate Social Responsibility, taking place from 21-25 November 2016 in Italy, Turin.
The course aims to strengthen the capacity of participants to understand the principles of international labour standards as they relate to company operations and the implications for CSR policies and practices geared towards decent work and sustainable development.
The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation participated, along with the CSR Manager Network and the Sodalitas Foundation, in a public consultation on the implementation of Directive 2014/95/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22nd October 2014 amending the Directive 2013/34/EU as regards the communication of non-financial information and of information about diversity on the part of certain companies and certain groups of large firms.
The joint contribution (download) produced by the three organizations mentioned above, was sent on 3rd June to Office IV - IV Directorate of the Treasury Department of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
The UNFCCC’s Kyoto Protocol (1997) strongly grasped itself, as one of its fundamental elements, to the development of a market for carbon emissions. From that moment on, governments around the world have been increasingly pursuing market-based mechanisms to reduce CO2 emissions.
Despite the growing and recognized role of market mechanisms in climate mitigation and the call for carbon pricing in the Paris agreement by both governments and businesses, the agreement ended up making reference to carbon pricing only in a non-binding political section of the text, stating that countries "recognize the important role of providing incentives for emission reduction activities, including tools such as domestic policies and carbon pricing".
The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s Board of Directors met on 28th April and reviewed and accepted the requests for membership to the Global Compact’s Italian Network which were presented by the Etimos Foundation and Philip Morris Italy, who already participate in the initiative at international level (United Nations Global Compact). By joining, the two organizations have acquired the GCNI Foundation’s status of "Founding Member".
In Prague on 5th and 6th of May there was a meeting of the Local European Networks (LNs) of the United Nations Global Compact in which the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation) participated with a delegation. The meeting resulted in an interesting and profitable opportunity to discuss and reflect together about actions and projects shared across Europe.
“Integrating sustainability as a critical success factor”: throughout the year, the CSR Manager Network is offering SMEs a full education and specialist consultancy program of workshops, webinars, sustainability reporting consultancy and laboratories, to help small businesses turn sustainability into a success factor.
On 8th February 2016, in line with the UNEP – United Nations Environment Programme initiative "UNEP Inquiry - Design a Sustainable Financial System" and the launch of the Working Group "Green Finance Study Group" co-chaired by Britain and China in the context of G-20; following up on what was signed at the Paris Agreement, the launch of the 2030 Agenda, and the growing focus on environmental and climatic risks that afflict the financial world as well as the real economy, Italy launched the "National Dialogue on Sustainable Finance" at a national level.
The first Meeting in 2016 of the Founding Members of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation was held on April 28th, at the Rome headquarters of ABI - Italian Banking Association. On the agenda, among other points, was the election of the new members of the Foundation's Board of Directors (who, after their own election, were called to appoint the Chairman and the Secretary General of the organization).
The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation) has published its third activities report referring to the period 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2015. The Report is one of the main information and communication tools that the Foundation uses externally.
On 15th March "The Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Conference: a new era for business?", conference was held in Milan, an event which was sponsored in partnership with Assolombarda, CSR Manager Network, the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation and the Sodalitas Foundation.
2015 was a pivotal year for sustainable development. The new Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in September by the United Nations, which aims to address the current economic, social and environmental challenges that are an obstacle to a green and inclusive economic growth for both the current and future generations. The agenda includes, among other things, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030. It ended in December with the cd. Paris Agreement, the twenty-first meeting among the parties within the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change (COP 21). The agreement provides for a very ambitious goal: to keep the increase of the planet’s global temperature far below 2 ° C, ideally pursuing the goal of + 1.5 ° C.
The Italian association of CSR and sustainability professionals produced the position paper "Quality and sustainability in public procurement" in view of the transposition into Italian law of 23/24/25 2014 EU Directives on concessions and procurement of Public Administration and "special sector" contracting