The fourth edition of the Italian Business and SDGs Annual Forum promoted by Global Compact Network Italy will be held in Trieste on October 14 and 15. The Forum, that will be hosted by Hera Group with the support of Assicurazioni Generali and illycaffè, and under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation (MAECI), of the Municipality of Trieste and of Confindustria Friuli Venezia Giulia, will address mainly Italian companies and organizations participating in the United Nations Global Compact. The 2019 SDGs Forum will discuss innovation in support of sustainability, in the knowledge that the ambitious objectives of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda will not be achieved without a truly new, brave and far-sighted approach by all parties involved.
For the implementation of the SDGs it is necessary: 1. to adopt ways of thinking and acting oriented towards innovation; 2. to build and experiment new business models; 3. to develop/adopt technologies to improve existing processes or, in a more disruptive logic, open new paths and opportunities (e.g.: block-chain, artificial intelligence, big data, 3D printing, unmanned aerial systems, new generation robotics, digital agriculture, genetic editing, augmented reality, microbiotics, autonomous road vehicles, etc.).
The first meeting of the European Peer Learning Group on Corporate Climate Strategies was held on the 4th and 5th of June in Berlin. The meeting was organized by the UN Global Compact Local Networks of Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Denmark. The aim was to promote dialogue among companies from different national contexts and foster sharing corporate experiences on the importance of developing corporate climate strategies – as well as setting ambitious climate targets in line with the Paris Agreement’s objective of limiting global warming to +1.5° C.
4 Italian companies - A2A, Artsana, Ferrovie dello Stato, Snam - already committed to developing a corporate climate strategy attended the meeting. During the event was also explored and discussed the importance for companies of setting Science-Based Targets, aligned with the above-mentioned 1.5 ° C global objective.
The meeting was highly interactive, with sharing of experiences and working groups. All activities started with the identification of the drivers that push each company to develop a climate strategy: top management commitment, brand credibility and company reputation, stakeholders' expectations and transparency, increase of corporate competitiveness and market opportunities.
This year’s first meeting of the Founding Members of Global Compact Network Italy was held on May 21 at FEEM - Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, in Milan. More than 30 representatives of member companies and organizations took part in the meeting. One of the objectives of the meeting was to elect the Network’s new Board of Directors and administration as part of the wider renewal of the Statutory Bodies, which takes place every three years.
The new Board of Directors is composed of 11 Members including: - 8 professionals from companies (two of them being SMEs) active in various production sectors; - 3 from the non-profit world. The business/non-business relationship within the new Board of Directors perfectly reflects the composition of the Network at the national level (2/3 companies, 1/3 stakeholder organizations).
On April 30th 2019, the process for collecting applications for the SDG Pioneer Italy 2019 closes. The SDG Pioneer Italy is the local round of the SDG Pioneers campaign promoted by UN Global Compact to recognize the national Pioneer who distinguished himself for his commitment in his daily work in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The campaign this year and for the first time is targeting at the Young Professionals under the age of 36 working in an Italian company who participate in the UN Global Compact, enhancing their contribution towards sustainability and the promotion and advancement of SDGs in line with the UNGC10 Principles.
From the beginning of May, the Global Compact Network Italy (GCNI) will start the evaluation process of the applications received which will lead to the recognition of the SDG Pioneer Italy. The first phase of the process will be managed by an Evaluation Committee internal to the GCNI which will select the Top 5 applications from all those received from the Italian companies participating in the United Nations Global Compact.
The fourth edition of the Business & SDGs High Level Meeting, promoted by Global Compact Network Italy and organized with the support of Terna, was held on April 4 in Rome.
The meeting was attended by Managing Directors, Presidents and top managers of Italian companies involved in the United Nations Global Compact and daily committed to implementing the 10 UNGC Principles and achieving the SDGs. Among the participants: Aeroporti di Puglia, Assicurazioni Generali, BNP Paribas Cardif, Gruppo Sofidel, Gruppo Unipol, Rina, Viscolube, A2A, Carbonsink, Edison, Eni, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, Gruppo Hera, Leonardo, Maire Tecnimont, Pirelli, Saipem.
Supply chains are the most important levers for companies to create positive impacts in the world, with about 80% of global trade passing through them every year.
For this reason, the United Nations Global Compact has set up an International Platform for Action (Action Platform “Decent Work in Global Supply-Chains”) bringing together institutional partners, local UNGC networks (including Global Compact Network Italy) and companies from all over the world with the aim of planning concrete actions and developing tools that have an impact on the welfare of corporate workers along the supply chain. The Action Platform works to:
Global Compact Network Italy (GCNI) has published the 2018 Activities Report addressed to all stakeholders and mainly to: companies and organizations involved in the Italian network of the UN’s Global Compact; all Italian subjects participating in UN’s activities for sustainable development; the New York’s office of the Global Compact.
The document aims to provide an overview of the Global Compact (with a section dedicated to last year's highlights) and to describe GCNI by presenting its governance and people, methods of involvement, participants and partners, as well as the thematic foci for 2018 and the implemented work plan.
The Observatory of Non-Financial Declarations (DNF) and Sustainable Practices was born from the partnership between the Department of Business and Legal Studies of the University of Siena and the CSR Manager Network, the Italian association that brings together over 150 practitioners who are dedicated to Sustainability strategies and projects. The Observatory aims to collect, analyze and disseminate information on the 211 DNFs prepared by leading Italian companies with the ultimate aim of identifying the Best Practices implemented.
Its innovative character is given by the online platform https://www.osservatoriodnf.it accessible to all free of charge: through a continuously updated dashboard it is possible to directly access the database of over 200 DNFs collected and some preliminary analyzes presented in infographic form. Among the topics that can be analyzed are the impacts produced by production cycles on the ecosystem, the relationship with employees, respect for human rights, the principles of gender equality and social diversity, anti-corruption activities and much more.
Interview with Francesca Martucci – Sustainability Specialist at Pirelli & C.
1. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, launched by the United Nations in 2015, is now widely recognized as the main framework and guideline for a transformation of economy and society based on the respect of human and labour rights, of the principles of dignity, equality and non-discrimination, and of the environment. As a Sustainability Specialist and passionate about the issues, can you explain to us what - in your opinion - are the real strengths of this tool for promoting and implementing sustainable development?
2015 marked a moment of great change for the world of sustainability. The experience gained with the Millennium Development Goals has led to the involvement of a greater number of players in the definition of the Global Goals, and this choice has proved to be successful. The consultations led to the definition of 17 clear, shared and measurable objectives: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The publication of the 169 targets underlying the SDGs allowed a greater understanding, providing the addressees with concrete ideas on how to actively contribute to their achievement. Among these, the private sector has been given a key role alongside the Member States since from the definition of the targets. The increased involvement of companies has led to greater visibility of these issues in public events and debates, as well as on social media. This has allowed to reach a wider audience compared to the past, and many people, even individually, have decided to take action and become promoters of the objectives of sustainable development.
2. This year, the SDGs Pioneers competition - promoted and coordinated globally by the United Nations Global Compact - aimed to recognize and enhance the commitment of Young Business Leaders (under 35) to sustainable development. In your opinion, how can a Young Professional contribute to achieving the sustainability objectives of the company in which he/she is involved?
One of the advantages of being a millennial is certainly growing up in a world that attributes a key role to sustainability. I remember when these issues were first approached on the news, with the launch of the Millennium Development Goals, and - although less than today - sustainability was already part of my life. Five years ago, at the end of my studies, I had the opportunity to continue pursuing my interest in these issues within Pirelli, a company in which sustainability is fully integrated into its business strategy. Thanks to this, I have the opportunity to meet with colleagues from different company functions (purchasing, health and safety, governance, human resources...) on a daily basis, working together to the definition of objectives for the sustainable development of the company and knowing that the activities that are implemented also contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.
3. Looking at your work at Pirelli & C., is there a project or activity - on which you have been/are currently engaged and which you think has a particular value or impact - that you would like to talk about?
A very important project which we have been working on for some years now concerns the sustainability of the natural rubber supply chain. Created with the aim of promoting and developing sustainable and responsible sourcing along the entire value chain, it included the publication of the “Sustainable Natural Rubber Policy” in autumn 2017, as well as the related “Implementation Manual” and a multiannual action plan in 2018. All of this was elaborated through a constant multi-stakeholder dialogue involving international NGOs, our main natural rubber suppliers, traders and farmers, automotive customers, multilateral and international organizations. The issues addressed in these documents include the protection of workers and indigenous people’s rights, the prohibition of deforestation to preserve environmental capital and biodiversity, and the support for responsible and sustainable development of local communities and economies. Responsibly managing these issues and achieving significant and lasting impacts require maintaining a long-term vision and joining forces with key players in the value chain. Among the SDGs impacted by this important project we can, in fact, mention SDG number 8 - decent work and economic growth -, number 15 - life on earth - and number 17 - partnership for the objectives.
In May 2019, activities continued with the creation of the digital platform “Being Fast Takes Time”, dedicated to sharing images, videos and sounds that tell the story of life in the natural rubber plantations of Southeast Asia. It was born to promote the knowledge of a world both precious and fragile that needs responsible and sustainable development.
Among the activities scheduled for 2019 in support of our suppliers is the organization of training sessions dedicated to the implementation of the Policy’s contents along the entire supply chain, up to the plantations.
4. By joining the United Nations Global Compact, a Company pledges not only to respect but also to promote the principles of sustainable development. How did you take part in this effort to raise internal and external awareness of the 10 Principles of the Global Compact and the SDGs?
Part of my work consists in preparing and delivering internal training courses, as well as providing external training on sustainability issues to university students and professionals. On these occasions, I deal with the SDGs, showing the many connections existing with the activities of the company. Among the main messages I share is the importance of the role of partnerships: being sustainable means not only ensuring compliance with the principles of the Global Compact and the SDGs within the company, but also working with partners, peers, customers and civil society to ensure that the same principles are the basis of a shared, solid and lasting development.
Speakers in the panel included: Francesco Agnes, Senior Investment Director at Cambridge Associates, Alessia Amighini, Co-Head Asia Centre at ISPI and Eric Voravong, ESG Analyst Asia ex Japan at Comgest.
The seminar analysed the Chinese market based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) sustainability criteria. As the main international indexes usually assess low sustainability performances for Chinese companies, the speakers talked about the necessity to approach the Chinese market taking into account the peculiarities of the cultural, social, political and economic local context, which is so different from the West “way of thinking”.
Since 2015, launch year of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) has integrated the 17 Global Goals (SDGs) into its mission and vision. The Making Global Goals Local Business campaign of the Global Compact aims to promote SDGs on a global scale through in-depth activities, release of information and support carried out at the local level and addressed to UNGC member companies and organizations.
In this context and with the aim of enhancing its commitment to sustainable development, each year the UNGC identifies and celebrates a group of SDGs Pioneers – individuals employed in the private sector who are distinguished by exceptional commitment and leadership shown to the advancement of the Global Goals.
» DISCOVER THE SDG PIONEERS 2018
This year, Global Compact has decided to do more, promoting the SDGs Pioneers Local Round for the first time, which will precede the SDGs Pioneers Global Round and will be managed in collaboration with the Global Compact Local Networks.
The objective of the Local Round | Italy will be to recognize one Young Professional (35 and under) employed at any level in a company participating (directly or as Subsidiary) in the UN Global Compact and engaged daily in the advancement of the 2030 Global Goals.
More specifically, candidates for the title of SDGs Pioneer | Italy must work in companies which:
SDG PIONEERS LOCAL ROUND | ITALY - TIMELINE
» February 1, 2019: launch of the initiative
» February 1 – April 15: collection of nominations
» May 17, 2019: The celebration event of the SDGs Pioneer | Italy will be held in Milan and hosted by FEEM - Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
Each national SDGs Pioneer will directly access the Global Round (June–September).
The SDGs Pioneers 2019 will be announced and celebrated during the UNGC’s Leaders’ Summit 2019 (New York, September 2019).
Taking part in the SDGs Pioneers 2019 campaign is an opportunity to:
» recognize the professionalism and the work done in support of the 2030 Agenda by a Young Professional inside their company, showing outside how an under-35 resource can decisively contribute to steer business models towards sensitivity and rationale for environmental, social, as well as economic challenges;
» increase the visibility of the company’s and its leaders’ commitment regarding sustainable development issues, understood as enabling condition for the Young Professional to operate as an “agent of change”.
» meet the international community active in the advancement of Global Goals and access – with a leading role – one of the most important flagship events promoted by UN Global Compact: the Leaders’ Summit 2019.
For further information on the initiative, please contact:
The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) has launched the campaign “Global Goals in Action”, which aims to enhance the commitment of its member companies to implementing the Global Goals promoted by the 2030 UN Agenda.
In particular, the campaign is divided into Video-Series focused on the experience of 5 multinational companies – Safaricom, Colgate-Palmolive, Iberdrola, Hilton, Natura & Co – that have effectively aligned their business strategies with the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and have taken concrete action on SDGs. The story highlights the benefits to be derived from joining the UN Global Compact in terms of business opportunities, international visibility and thematic insight.
In 2018, Global Compact Network Italy (GCNI) launched the Italian Business & SDGs Web Gallery, an online platform aiming to collect, share and promote business and non-business experiences in the advancement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In particular, the practices shared in the Gallery underline and analyze motivations, processes, strategies as well as outcomes and lessons related to the implementation of the SDGs by the private sector and by non-profit organizations.
The platform is an open and evolving tool to which companies and organizations can contribute by submitting their practices.
The Giro d’Italia CSR, the Italian tour within the 7th edition of the Salone CSR and social innovation,opened in Turin on January 30, 2019. The event – promoted by Bocconi University, CSR Manager Network, Global Compact Network Italy, ASviS, Fondazione Sodalitas, Unioncamere, Koinètica – is an awaited appointment for those working on sustainability, social innovation and CSR, and is considered the most important event dedicated to these topics in Italy. Thanks to a comprehensive cultural program, characterized by an interdisciplinary approach, the event provides in-depth information and updates on strategies and sustainability tools for businesses and other organizations. This year, the focus is on the “areas of sustainability”.
2018 was a year full of changes and innovations for the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), in terms of both governance aspects and the new way of involving companies and organizations that are part of this great global movement for sustainable development.
The new “One Global Compact” model, active since last January, has led to greater integration and a significant reduction in the distance between the international dimension – coordinated by the Global Compact Office in New York (GCO) – and the various local realities in which the project is articulated, all animated by the Local Networks of the Global Compact (GCLN: more than 80 are currently active).
The “Italian Business & SDGs Web-Gallery” Project is aimed to collect and share organizations’ experiences and practices contributing to implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to the achievement of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The specific purpose of the Collection is to investigate and analyze motivations, processes, procedures, results, lessons learnt related to experiences and practices that showcase how, by doing business, the private sector can contribute to the implementation of the SDGs.
The Web Gallery should be considered as a practical, evolving and growing tool, providing a space for companies to learn and peer review from other partners on the strategies and concrete actions put in place to implement SDGs and promote sustainability at all organizational levels.
In this view, it remains an open platform, to which companies can contribute by sending their cases and best practices.
The town of Matera - upcoming European Capital of Culture - will host the third edition of the "Italian Business & SDGs Annual Forum", promoted by the Global Compact Network Italy (GCNI) in collaboration with FEEM – the Eni Enrico Mattei Foundation on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th October 2018. The proceedings of the Forum will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, and close with lunch the following day.
The event is organized with the support of Edison SpA, Ergo Srl, Leonardo SpA, Reale Mutua and Terna SpA, and with the Patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), City of Matera, Confindustria Basilicata and Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation.
The event will bring together Italian firms and organizations that are members of the United Nations Global Compact, and will also be open to business and non-business participants who are external to the U.N. initiative - committed to pursuing the objectives set by the United Nations Global Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- Mr. Starace is the only member of the UN Global Compact Board to come from the global Power Utility sector, as well as the only member from Italy
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has re-appointed Francesco Starace, Enel Group’s CEO and General Manager, to the Board of the United Nations Global Compact (UN Global Compact) for the next three years (2018-2021). Mr. Starace was appointed for his first three-year mandate in May 2015. Of the new Board’s 21 members, Mr. Starace is the only representative of the global Power Utility sector, as well as the only member from Italy.
“Today as a society we face several very urgent issues and challenges. I am very proud to belong to the Board of the UN Global Compact which, through its vision and reach, not only sets out a clear roadmap for the sustainable development of the planet, but also empowers companies and communities to help address these challenges. As a global community we possess the resources and the know-how to meet all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, but we have to work collaboratively and quickly to forge the way ahead. I am grateful to the UN Secretary-General for the opportunity to continue to serve in support of this important objective,” said Enel CEO Francesco Starace.
In January 2018 the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) launched a new governance model called "One Global Compact". The UNGC’s aim is to strengthen its commitment to supporting companies all over the world in their integration of the Ten Principles into their strategies and operations and in their implementation of the 17 Goals envisaged by the 2030 Agenda.
In an uncertain international geopolitical context and in a world where extreme poverty and inequality persist and climate change has become an increasingly urgent emergency, the Global Compact is one of the real guiding lights for a more sustainable and secure world. The Ten Principles have never been more important, providing an ethical and corporate framework to help the private sector generate value, strengthening fundamental rights and principles.
The Global Compact Network Italy currently has 40 members with "Founding Member" status. Of these, just over 30% are non-profit organizations, confirming the strongly multistakeholder nature of the UN’s Global Compact initiative.
The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) was set up as an initiative to spread corporate citizenship on a global scale, mainly aimed at companies. However, in order to stimulate comparison and interaction, participation in the UNGC is open to organizations of various kinds, such as, for example, civil society organizations, universities and research institutions, public institutions, as well as business associations.
From the activation of a multi-stakeholder dialogue to the implementation of profit/non-profit partnerships for sustainable development, there are numerous opportunities for synergy between the various actors participating in the Global Compact.
Currently, over 3,000 non-profit organizations support the initiative, working alongside companies to disseminate the 10 Principles of the Global Compact and the United Nations' Global Goals 2030. All stakeholder organizations participating in the UNGC are invited to take part in the work plans implemented by the Global Compact Local Networks in their respective national contexts.