gcniOn 25th of June 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Lise Kingo as Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact.  She will succeed Georg Kell, who retires later this year after over 25 years of service to the United Nations.
The Secretary-General expresses his gratitude for the outgoing Executive Director’s services to the Organization and his commitment in fostering cooperation between the private sector and the United Nations.  He is particularly appreciative of Mr. Kell’s exemplary leadership in the creation and management of the United Nations Global Compact since its launch in 2000.

gcniOn 23rd and 24th of June 2015, the “Global Compact +15: Business as a Force for Good” was held in New York City. The event, organised in over a dozen specialised meetings, culminated with a plenary session in the UN General Assembly Hall on 25th of June. The GA session brought together over 1,000 global leaders from businessGovernment and civil society to take stock of fifteen years of corporate sustainability, and to map out pathways for the future.

ingranaggioThe Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s (GCNI Foundation) "Environment" Working Group is engaged in the production of a report on the results of in-depth corporate case studies implemented within the Group on "Ecosystem services in business management". This report offers the Working Group’s first definitive output and aims to provide a learning opportunity to all stakeholders interested (firms, readers, case writes, auditors) along with the production of new knowledge about the practical implementation of the management and protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) by companies as well as the results which emerge. There are two main phases: the identification of relevant business practices with respect to the key report "Business - Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services"; and the description of such practices with particular attention to the following aspects: assessment; business management; financial tools. The GCNI Foundation is coordinating the production of the report with the scientific support of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa. The document will be presented at the Fourth Edition of the States General of the Green Economy to be held on 3rd and 4th November 2015, at the Rimini Fiera in the presence of a delegation of representatives of the European Commission.

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tempioThe Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s second Activities Report is now available on-line covering the period 1st January 2014 till 31st December 2014. The Report functions as an important information-giving and external communication tool on the Foundation’s aims, on how far the initiatives that make up its program activities have been implemented, and the results achieved in the reporting year. The Report also proposes a preliminary study on the United Nations Global Compact as a reference framework for any of the Foundation’s initiatives. The document contains an interactive index and is also available in English. For more information, write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

lenteThe transition to a new corporate culture where finance and corporate social responsibility will no longer speak different languages. This is the added value of the directive that will obligate about six thousand European companies with over 500 employees to communicate information of a social and environmental character as well as economic information, based on what has emerged in the course of the round-table discussion about Directive 2014/95/UE which took place on 5th June during the presentation of Acea’s Sustainability Report 2014.

gcniThe United Nations Global Compact’s (UNGC) website (www.unglobalcompact.org) was recently revamped in order to reach a wider audience by updating the writing style and heightening the visual appeal. The portal is now characterized by a new approach in terms of content organization and new features that enable greater findability of content. In the coming months, the Global Compact will explore new ways to better feature the content and material provided by Local Networks.

The new site was officially launched on 22nd June and presented at the Local Networks’ Annual Forum, which was held in New York on 24th and 25th June. The UNGC has stated that the redesign only affects the public view of the website, not that of the portal dashboard which includes the Knowledge Sharing System - KSS used by Local Networks and participants to share material and information of common interest with the Global Compact offices.

lenteThe 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.

lenteOn 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.

ingranaggioThe 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.

lenteOn 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.

lenteThe CSR Manager Network conducted, in cooperation with ALTIS Alta Scuola Impresa e Società of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore,  the research “CSR unit in big Italian companies”, in order to understand how sustainability is included into the strategy of Italian companies.

lenteThe 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).

gcniIn 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.

tempioThe 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.

lenteHow 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.

tempioThe 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.
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ingranaggio 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".

tempioOn 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.

tempioThe Board of Directors of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation, which met on February 19th reviewed and accepted the membership applications submitted to the Foundation by Officinae Verdi and Unicheck s.r.l. (for "Founder" status). The first firm is an SME which is active in the alternative energy sector; the second one is a micro enterprise that provides IT services for anti-counterfeiting, traceability and communication between producers and consumers. To view the current list of companies and organizations that are members of the Foundation, click here

The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation has organized the ''UN Global Compact Welcome Meeting 2015" for 16th February from 10.00 am to 12.00 a.m. It is open to all the Italian companies and organizations that have joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in the last two years (2013- 2014). The meeting will be held via internet. The meeting will be devoted to a study of the Global Compact as an international initiative on sustainability and corporate responsibility and to the sharing of operational information related to the participation in the UNGC (e.g. Production of Communications on Progress - COPs, use of Global Compact logos, participation in international events, etc.). Finally, at the meeting, the Foundation will present the objectives and program activities for 2015 to the participants. Registration is mandatory. For information and to confirm your attendance, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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