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Newsletter
Years 2, no. 5
March - April 2014

THE NETWORK

The Global Compact Network Italy (GCNI) was established in 2002 to contribute to the development in Italy of the "Global Compact", a project designed to promote the culture of corporate citizenship launched, in 1999, by the then Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan.

Considering this objective, the Network operates as an information platform, giving support and coordination to Italian companies and organizations which resolve to share, support and employ a whole range of universal principles in matters of human rights, labour, environment and the fight against corruption, thereby contributing to the accomplishment of "a more wide-ranging and sustainable global economy".

In June 2013, the GCNI became legally established as the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation.

Currently, 31 organizations adhere to the Foundation as founders or participants.

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION

The UNGC presents the new “Network Endorser Logo”. The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation announces that the United Nations Global Compact Office has made the new “Network Endorser Logo” available for use by the organizations which support the Global Compact Network Italy by subscribing to the Foundation with the “Founders” status. Therefore, Members of the Foundation (Founders) are encouraged to show their support for the Network by applying to the Global Compact Network Italy for the use of the “Network Endorser Logo”. In order to be able to apply for use of the "Network Endorser Logo", an organization must be: (1) a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (“UN Global Compact”); and (2) a Member of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (“Founder”). To read the “Network Endorser Logo” Policy, click here

New subscriptions to the Foundation. The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation Board of Directors met on January 29th 2014 and approved the applications for the subscriptions to the Foundation with the “Founders” status presented by Waste Italia S.p.A. (business participant) and AIAS - Associazione Italiana Ambiente e Sicurezza (this Italian association for safety and the environment is a non-business participant). In addition, the Board validated the request for change of status from "Participant" to that of "Founding Member" for the year 2014 presented by GSE - Gestore Servizi Energetici. The next Board of Directors meeting will be held on March 18th and the evaluation of new applications for subscribing to the Foundation is on the agenda for the meeting.

“Anti-Corruption” Working-Group: update on activities. The last web-meeting of the “Anti-Corruption” Working-Group of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation was held on the 27th of February. The organizations belonging to the Group met with the twofold aim of: taking stock of the situation on the production of the single version of "Matrix of corporate risk areas of corruption" and proposing the latest changes and additions to the document with a view to finalizing the activity in progress; activating the path of sharing on business policies and practices on anti-corruption with regard to the areas of risk identified by the Matrix and considered most relevant by the Group by the presentation of the first three case-studies. With regard to this second point, Eni, Italcementi and Siemens Italia (three companies active in the Group) opened an avenue of in depth-analysis presenting a case-study focusing on the topic chosen during the last meeting, namely that of "corporate policies and procedures for the management of agents, advisers and intermediaries”. During the next meeting, to be held in April, the Group will share their knowledge and business practices centered on another topic highlighted by the Matrix. For further information on the activities of the “Anti-Corruption” Working-Group, click here

The Ministry of the Environment and the Protection of Land and Sea meets the Foundation’s “Environment” Working-Group. A meeting between the organizations involved in the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s "Environment" Working Group and several representatives of the Ministry of Environment, also including the Director General of the Protection of Nature from the Ministry who attended the last part of the meeting, was held on February 26th in Rome. The meeting, proposed by the above Ministry, was aimed at launching a joint reflection on the theme of "Measuring investment in biodiversity". This in-depth study, which took place in Aichi, is part of the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that established a series of objectives on the topic. The Ministry has additionally decided to begin to reflect and gear up at national level, also in view of the of UE Italian Presidency Term, when our country will coordinate the EU presence at the next CBD Conference of the Parties (Korea, October 2014 ). As well as Mark Frey, who took part in the meeting on behalf of the Foundation GCNI, it was attended by representatives of ACEA, Enel, Eni, Italcementi, KPMG, UniCredit. They presented an overview of the resources (financial and otherwise) of their respective companies invested in projects and initiatives to protect biodiversity and with which specific purposes. The meeting was also attended by the Foundation for Sustainable Development as an observer of the work. In view of the synergetic interaction between the two initiatives, the path of study with the Ministry of Environment will develop in parallel alongside the work of the Foundation’s "Environment" Group, committed to the theme of "The ecosystem services in business management".

“A Foreign Policy for Sustainability”: the collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For several years, the Global Compact Network Italy (since June 2013, Global Compact Network Italy Foundation) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) have collaborated on the themes of corporate responsibility and sustainability. As part of this partnership, the MAE invited Prof. Marco Frey to take part, as President of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation, in the multi-stakeholder Steering Committee involved in defining “A Foreign Policy for Sustainability”. The Steering Committee was established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - DG Globalization and Global Issues and is composed of representatives of: the most relevant Italian Ministries (Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Research and Universities, Welfare), the Inter-ministerial Committee for Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises Italian National Contact Point (based within the Ministry for Economic Development), Academia (e.g., the GOLDEN Network for Sustainability; the United Nations Center for Mediterranean Sustainable Solutions Network, the Bocconi University in Milan, the Tor Vergata University in Rome), the business world (the CSR Managers Network), big corporations like Enel, Eni, Ferrero, Pirelli, Telecom Italia and Terna. During the first meeting of the Steering Committee, held in Rome on February 25th, Fulvio Rossi, Sustainability Manager of Terna and member of the Board of Directors of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation, participated on behalf of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation. The main objectives of the meeting were to discuss the cornerstones of the “Foreign Policy for Sustainability”, organizing thematic panels to prepare an international event to be held during the current year. The four fields of interest proposed were: a) foreign policy for sustainability: an overarching agenda; b) sustainable development goals: a governance challenge shared by everyone; c) charting the course forward: cross-sector initiatives (government, business, academia); d) new business models for a sustainable (also human rights responsive) enterprise: the road ahead. The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation will be particularly involved in the last topic mentioned. The decision about the event date has been postponed, while the Steering Committee’s function as permanent forum has been underlined. The Committee will be in charge of the coordination on the one hand between different associations, academic institutions and businesses, and on the other between different public entities.

Results of the study “Top Utility – 2nd Edition: The performance of the Italian utilities”. The results of the 2nd edition of the Top Utility study were presented on February 25th 2014. The study was realized ​​in order to provide an assessment, in an integrated perspective of economic, financial, environmental and social sustainability, of the performance of the main utilities, public and private, operating in Italy, in order to identify their areas of excellence. The Foundation invites everyone to read the summary of the results of this study, by clicking here

UPCOMING INITIATIVES

“Reporting” Working Group: next meeting. A new appointment for the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s “Reporting” Working-Group will be held in the next few weeks. During the last meeting of the Group, held on November 8th 2013, the organization worked on an in depth-analysis of the principle of materiality as described in the GRI G4 Guidelines, accompanied by a joint reflection on the implementing difficulties of the same principle. At the next meeting, in accordance with the activities planning defined jointly by the organizations involved, a path of comparison between the participants focused on the processes, the methodologies and the experiences connected with the principle of materiality, will be activated with the aim to facilitate the businesses in the analysis and implementation of them. In every meeting the structure of the path will be defined by a series of case-studies that will focus on different but complementary aspects related to the principle of materiality (materiality and reporting; detection of stakeholder expectations; priorities of the management/business; compliance with respect to the proposed methodologies; best practices on the topic; etc.), in order to foster a deepening understanding of the most relevant issues and overcoming the critical points. For information on the scheduling, send an e-mail to: l.lamberti@globalcompactnetwork.org

Annual Local Networks Forum - Private Sector Focal Points Meeting 2014. In the second week of June, the Annual Local Networks Forum - Private Sector Focal Points Meeting will be convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Building on the success of last year’s joint event in Geneva, the aim is to explore effective ways to enhance the capacity of different stakeholders to engage in partnerships to advance development priorities. In light of the growth and diversification of Africa’s private sector in the last decade, the event will place special emphasis on raising awareness of how to advance corporate sustainability on the African continent. Over 300 delegates representing UN entities, private sector companies, civil society organizations, Global Compact Networks and governments are expected to participate in the event. With an emphasis on Africa, the meeting will gather working-level representatives from committed companies and organizations to exchange knowledge and experience across issues and countries. The Foundation Global Compact Network Italy is required to nominate up to 5 company representatives to attend the joint sessions of the ALNF/PSFP meeting. Therefore, the Foundation will take part in the meeting accompanied by companies who operate or have a special interest in Africa.

Publication of the Report on Activities 2013. By the end of March, the first Report on Activities of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation will be published. This first issue of the Report refers to the time period dating from the date of establishment of the Foundation (June 10 2013) until December 31 2013. The Report is 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 document, which will be 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. The document will be produced in Italian and English versions and distributed in electronic format only.

NETWORK NEWS IN SHORT

ENEL POLICY ON HUMAN RIGHTS

In 2011 the United Nations’ Human Rights Council adopted the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”, which highlighted that the rights granted by the International Bill of Human Rights are very important for companies (for example non-discrimination, rights of indigenous populations, abolition of child labor), and then established that respect of such rights must be a precise responsibility of companies. In 2013 Enel decided to adopt the approach indicated by the United Nations of “Protect, Respect and Remedy” through the approval by the Board of Directors of a Human Rights Policy, which enhances and expands the commitments already approved by the Code of Ethics, by the Zero Tolerance of Corruption Plan and by the 231 Compliance Program. The policy identifies eight principles which the employees of Enel SpA and its subsidiaries must comply with in carrying out all their business, relating to two macro-issues: Labor practices, Communities and Society. In addition, with this formal commitment, Enel openly becomes the promoter of the respect of such rights by contractors, suppliers and business partners. As required by the Guiding Principles and on the basis of policy principles, corporate due diligence processes have been developed, such as, for example, the Human Rights Compliance Assessment (HRCA), the integration of social, environmental and governance metrics in the Group’s risk management procedures and the definition of a method to assess the social impact of industrial projects. A dedicated channel has been created which internal and external stakeholders can use to report alleged violations, alongside a process for handling grievances which is aligned to the provisions of the Code of Ethics.

THE “DEPLOY YOUR TALENTS” SCHEME IN ITALY

Despite the positive changes that are ongoing, Italy still has a significant gender gap in technical and scientific subjects. Recent studies show that in 2012 Italian women engineering graduates were no more than 15.5% of the total. The situation is reflected in the relative employment rates - higher for men (78.5%) than for women (72.3%) - and the shortage of real opportunities for promotion in companies, where more men reach top executive positions and enjoy decidedly higher annual salaries (€38,744 in 2010 compared with €20,813 for women). Deploy your Talents, presented in Italy on 1 October 2013 at the public meeting "L’Europa che riparte dal lavoro" (Europe Begins with Jobs), is promoted by Fondazione Sodalitas, proposes concrete answers to this problem and will be involving 8 companies - Accenture, Assolombarda, CA Technologies, Huawei Italia, IBM Italia, Randstad Italia, Sandvik Italia, STMicroelectronics - and 7 high schools between March and April 2014. The European Skills for Jobs campaign, led by CSR Europe with the backing of the European Commission, involves more than 5,000 companies across the continent in a drive to find ways to tackle the challenges of skills and employment.

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