It is currently outlining the course to take in a series of steps that will be implemented from May 2015. On June 5th, the "Human Rights and Labour Rights: tangible issues for businesses" questionnaire was sent to all companies belonging to the GCNI Foundation with the aim of identifying the materiality of the universally recognized rights for the respondent companies' business.
The event “Global Compact +15: Business as a Force for Good” will be held in New York from 23 to 25 of June. Marking the UN Global Compact’s 15th anniversary, Global Compact +15 will bring business and civil society to the United Nations to show how the private sector is taking action and partnering to advance societal priorities, with an emphasis on the United Nations global agenda for sustainable development to be released later this year (the Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs).
The UN System Private Sector Focal Points (PSFP) Meeting and the Annual Local Networks Forum (ALNF) will be convened alongside one another reflecting the Global Compact’s goal to better engage the private sector in taking action in pursuit of UN goals and issues at the country level. Held each year, the PSFP Meeting aims to enhance communication, strengthen learning and improve coordination among UN staff working with the private sector, and the ALNF brings together representatives from Local Networks and companies to share their experiences and network. A representation of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation will take part in the ALNF, accompanied by a delegation of companies active in the Global Compact Italian Network.
The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation Board of Directors met on April 20th 2015 to examine and accept Ergo Italia SpA’s (a company working in insurance and social security) membership application to the Foundation with "Participant" status.
On 9th April the first meeting between the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation) and the Antitrust Authority on the topic of Legality Rating was held in Rome. The presence of the Antitrust Authority, starting with an overview and analysis followed by an open debate on the issue, enabled a greater understanding of the application mechanisms of the regulation - as amended following the recent public consultation in which the Foundation took part.
On 29th April 2015, at the headquarters of ABI in Milan (and in web-connection with the headquarters of ABI in Rome), the GCNI Foundation took part in the first working group on the topic: Engagement for listed companies which was promoted by the Forum for Sustainable Finance in collaboration with the CSR Manager Network. The purpose of the project is to facilitate the understanding and the response from businesses to the engagement initiatives on sustainability issues on behalf of investors.
The meeting scheduled for the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation "Reporting" Working Group was held by video-conference between eni (Rome) and FEEM – Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (Milan). The meeting provided an opportunity to share the line of reasoning over the evidence raised through comparative analysis of corporate case studies on the topic of "materiality analysis" implemented by the Group during previous meetings.
The CSR Manager Network has started in cooperation with ALTIS Alta Scuola Impresa e Società of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, its 2015 research project, which is aimed at developing a scheme for assessing the overall return of an investment in sustainability (Global Return on Investments in Sustainability, in short Global ROIS).
In the light of the workprogram carried out by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation) and its results which were filed during 2014, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Foundation and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)was renewed on 27th February. The MoU was signed by George Kell as Executive Director of the UNGC and Marco Frey as Chairman of the GCNI.
The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation is engaged in the production of its second Report on Activities intended for the Global Compact Office in New York, all organizations subscribing to the Foundation, the Foundation’s partner organizations and its internal and external stakeholders. The Report, which is published on an annual basis, is emerging as an important tool for information-giving and communication on the aims of the Foundation, the system of governance and the people involved as staff and external collaborators, the Foundation’s members and participants, but especially on the state of implementation of the initiatives that make up the activities program of the Foundation and on the results achieved during the year of reference.
How do CSR Managers see their role nowadays and how do they expect it will change tomorrow? The CSR Manager Network promoted the research “Il ruolo del CSR Manager: Vissuti professionali e prospettive future” (CSR Manager: professional paths and career perspectives), in cooperation with ALTIS Graduate School Business and Society of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The research studied the professional and educative background of CSR Managers, the characteristics of the job and career prospects.
The UN Global Compact Welcome Meeting 2015 was held on Monday, February 16th, from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. It was sponsored by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation) and intended to be for all the Italian companies and organizations that have joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in the last two years. The meeting, held in web mode, was an opportunity for a discussion and a comparison about the following points: the objectives of the UNGC; 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. The GCNI Foundation will hold the event every year.
The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation "Environment" Working Group met again on March 2nd. The meeting was held via web video-conference between the FEEM - Eni Enrico Mattei Foundation headquarters in Milan and that of eni in Rome. The meeting was also attended by two researchers from the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa and two representatives from the Ministry of the Environment (MoE) which deals with the strategy for resource mobilization for global biodiversity, for the necessary connections at national level and the role of the private sector in the aforementioned strategy. Among the items on the agenda, there was the sharing of two new testimonies (Italcementi and the Cariplo Foundation) which focused on "The ecosystem services in business management".
On March 3rd a web-meeting aimed at presenting the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s work program for 2015 was held. Representatives of companies and organizations who are "Founding Members" and "Participants" of the Foundation took part in the meeting. In addition there were delegates from companies and organizations are not members but who are interested in knowing more about the Foundation's work in order to consider a future participation in the Italian Network of the Global Compact.