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
Luigi Lazzareschi
Sabina Ratti

General Secretary
Alessia Sabbatino

Board of Directors
Marco Frey (President)

Alessandro Beda (Counselor)
Marina Donati (Counselor)
Stefano Gardi (Counselor)
Luigi Lazzareschi (Counselor)
Francesca Magliulo (Counselor)
Chiara Mio (Counselor)
Sabina Ratti (Counselor)
Fulvio Rossi (Counselor)

Domenico Antonelli

Read the Foundation Statute

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

14 Dec 2015

During the Private Sector Forum hosted in New York on 26th September 2015, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon called for companies, especially those that have joined the Global Compact, to contribute in giving a prompt, practical and supportive response to the humanitarian crisis that we are currently witnessing. In fact, the data shows that for the first time since the end of World War II, the number of people forced to flee for their lives has exceeded 60 million, and among them there are over 600,000 people who have reached Europe by undertaking the extremely dangerous journey across the Mediterranean. Most of these refugees are fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan. Because of the urgency and the sheer size of the humanitarian crisis, Ban Ki Moon, in his speech, suggested possible strategies and initiatives that firms can take to respond to the needs of refugees whether in their countries of origin, transit or host countries. In particular, in line with the Ten Principles established by the Global Compact in the areas of human rights, respect for labour standards, protection of the environment and the fight against corruption, four feasible areas of intervention by companieshave been identified:

1. Direct involvement of refugees in the firm’s core business
2. Social investment and philanthropy
3. AdvocacyActivitiesregarding public policies
4. Partnerships and collaborations with other actors

In response to the UN Secretary General’s proposal, the Global Compact in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched a Commitment to Act aimed at the business world. It is an appeal urging companies and other key players to take action to reduce the suffering of those fleeing war and persecution, and to provide solutions to the resulting situations of social disintegration. It is aimed primarily at firms that operate in or have their production/distribution chain in the countries affected by the refugee crisis (Syria, Sudan, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Macedonia and Hungary), to make concrete efforts - individually or in partnership with other firms – to help refugees.

By incorporating the operational UN Guidelines above, in collaboration with UNHCR Italy the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation has promoted a webinar designed to analyse and discuss the most effective and appropriate strategies to be taken, taking into account both the needs of the refugees as well as the characteristics of the individual companies. The Webinar will take place 14th December from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is designed for all the Italian companies participating in the Global Compact Network Italy.

For further information and to register for the Webinar, please send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Founders and Participants


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telecom italia







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gruppo generali


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ergo italia

intesa san paolo





universita ca foscari venezia


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