The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation) was established with the primary purpose of contributing to the development of the UN Global Compact in Italy, an initiative for the promotion of a culture of corporate citizenship fostered and managed by the United Nations on a global scale.

The mission of the GCNI Foundation is articulated in 7 points. In accordance with the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the Foundation aims to:

  1. be recognized as an institutional spokesperson that allows companies engaged in sustainability in a multi-stakeholder perspective to be heard
  2. raise awareness and the level of national involvement
  3. help make sustainability the main lever of change in pursuit of a future that is more efficient, more equitable and safer in the management of resources
  4. be characterized as a subject oriented towards the development of operational solutions and the creation of shared economic, social and environmental values
  5. encourage partnerships, collective actions and dialogue among all actors in the promotion of sustainability
  6. promote accountability, fairness and transparency in communication and corporate reporting
  7. endorse the contribution of Italian companies and synergies at international level


Marco Frey

Vice Presidency
Francesca Magliulo
Angela Tanno

General Secretary
Alessia Sabbatino

Board of Directors
Marco Frey (President)

Alessandro Beda (Counselor)
Silvia Fortuna (Counselor)
Carlo Giupponi (Counselor)
Francesca Magliulo (Counselor)
Patricia Navarra (Counselor)
Sabina Ratti (Counselor)
Fulvio Rossi (Counselor)
Angela Tanno (Counselor)

Domenico Antonelli

Read the Foundation Statute

Watch the interview to prof. Marco Frey, Chairman of the Global Compact Network Italy

24 Oct 2016

The upcoming UN Global Compact Annual Local Network Forum (ALNF) will be held in Dubai on October 24-25 2016.

While the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are universal, they will very much be addressed at the national level – where each country will apply its unique history, culture and capabilities. Global Compact Local Networks are well positioned to roll out the global goals to business communities in all regions of the world, to ensure that the SDGs result in tangible and impactful action on the ground.

The XIV ALNF will explore how Local Networks can play a leading role in facilitating private sector engagement on the SDGs. Bringing together 100 Local Network Contact Points and Representatives from around the globe, participants will discuss subjects related to network governance and activities.


  • Present the UN Global Compact 2020 Strategy
  • Increase implementation of the SDG Action Plan
  • Provide a platform for good practice sharing among Local Networks

Marco Frey, President of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation, will take part in the Forum as representative of the Global Compact Network Italy.

21 Nov 2016

The "Investors for children - the results of the engagement initiative promoted in Italy" even twill be held in Rome on 21st November, during which the results of the engagement initiative on the issue of child labor launched by a consortium of 32 Italian investors (pension funds, managers, welfare institutions and bank foundations) will be presented. The meeting is sposored by the Cometa pension fund and by the rating agency Vigeo Eiris in collaboration with the Sustainable Finance Forum in the fifth edition of the week dedicated to socially responsible investment.

The Global Compact Network Italy will participate in the meeting via talks on the issues by its President, Prof. Marco Frey.

According to recent global estimates (Marking progress against child labour, Global estimates and trends 2000-2012, ILO), there are about 168 million children aged 5 to 14 years old who are involved in child labor. More than half of these 168 million perform hazardous work which has direct consequences on their health, safety and moral development. Focusing on industrial sectors, the ones that are generally most exposed to the issue of childlabor are mining, food, tobacco and distribution.

Since the launch of this initiative (Davos, 1999), the United Nations Global Compact has called on all member companies to support the effective abolition of child labor (Principle V) within their own spheres of influence (from the supply-chain to the local external community). In March of 2012 Unicef, Save the Children and the UN Global Compact published the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, identifying a set of actions that all firms should take to prevent and deal with the adverse impacts associated with their activities, and to maximize the positive effects they may have on children's lives.

With the definition of the new Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations for 2030 (September 2015), the commitment of the UN system and all the actors of sustainable development to protect the mental and physical health of children and adolescents has been confirmed. The SDG 8, addressed primarily to businesses, refers to the eradication of all forms of child labor at global levelby no later than 2025 (Target 8.7: “Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of childlabour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms”).

Founders and Participants


Venice International University

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intesa san paolo

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snam rete gas eni

fondazione sviluppo sostenibile

gruppo generali

universita ca foscari venezia





telecom italia





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