During the period 2013 to 2016 five thematic Working Groups were active within the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation reserved for Global Compact Network Italy members (business and non-business), which focused on the following themes: Human Rights, Sustainable Supply-Chains, Sustainability Reporting, the Environment, and the Fight Against Corruption.
The Working Groups were characterized by a multi-stakeholder approach to the themes and by alternating periods of further study (organized with the support of external experts), of sharing experiences and of collaborating to develop tools designed to support the operational management of the issues within their own companies and organizations.
WORKING GROUPS: FOCUS ON ACTIVITIES AND RESULTS
► The “HUMAN RIGHTS” Working Group pursued three main goals:
- to increase knowledge about Human Rights from a business perspective by highlighting the implications they have and/or could have for firms regardless of the context in which they operate;
- to contribute to the development of tools that help firms integrate Human Rights into their daily practices;
- to promote the protection of Human Rights through collective actions to be carried out among its members collaboratively.
During 2015, a Basic Training Package on "Business & Human Rights" was developed for use by Foundation member firms.
► The “SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN” Working Group created an activity program characterized by its design approach and aiming to achieve the following goals:
- to share and implement a sustainability performance monitoring tool for companies belonging to the supply chains of Network members;
- to define and implement mechanisms to support the sustainability performance of firms belonging to Network member supply chains by encouraging suppliers to adopt best practices in terms of respect for human rights, labour rights, environmental responsibility and business ethics;
- by intervening in the supply chain, to help the dissemination of sustainability principles and practices among Italian firms, with particular reference to SMEs.
In terms of work output a Supplier Evaluation Questionnaire was first developed and then a system of information sharing of the information which emerged from the above-mentioned Questionnaire among the companies in the Network: TenP - Sustainable Supply Chain Self-Assessment Platform was implemented within the Group.
► The “REPORTING” Working Group was created with the aim of cross-referencing the sustainability reporting frameworks most widely used by firms and of clarifying the existing connections between them. Subsequently, the Group's activities focused on an in-depth analysis of the ways in which the materiality principle is implemented in the business sustainability reporting processes and the analysis of the potential that this tool can have in terms of integrating sustainability into firms’ business strategies.
In 2015, the Group worked on defining a methodology for the implementation of the materiality principle in corporate sustainability reporting processes as outlined in the GRI-G4 Guidelines and using the experiences of companies in the field as a starting point.
► The “ENVIRONMENT” Working Group implemented a work plan which was organised with the following aims: i) to strengthen the interdependence between corporate activity and ecosystem services, starting from an analysis of the practices implemented by the participating organizations; ii) to identify the best ways of reporting their performance on the subject; iii) to position themselves as an institutional interlocutor on business-biodiversity and ecosystem services at national and European levels.
In November 2015, the “Making the case: Business, Biodiversity and Ecosytem Services astool for change”Report, a result of the Working Group's activities, was published.
► The “ANTI-CORRUPTION” Working Group was set up with the aim, on the one hand, of creating an opportunity to compare and study corporate compliance systems and programs, and on the other to activate and implement dialogue activities with institutions in order to promote legality and transparency within business relations. While it was active the Group completed the production of a Corporate Risk Area Matrix regarding public and private corruption, followed by the implementation of a course of case-sharing on the policies and initiatives adopted by firms with regard to the most relevant risk are as identified by the aforementioned Matrix.
In addition, between 2012 and 2014, the Group contributed to the preparation of the "Legality Rating" regulation by AGCM–the Antitrust Authority, through the submission of a Position Paper; it participated in the public consultation initiated by AGCM by submitting comments at the drafting stage of the legality rating regulation; and lastly it undersigned a Legality Rating Intent Protocol with AGCM.