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Year 6, no. 27
March - April 2018

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, 50 organizations adhere to the Foundation as founders or participants.


The new “One Global Compact” governance: news and opportunities

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 Italian Global Compact Network continues to grow: four new "Founding Members" joined in March

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.


Making Global Goals Local Business - Argentina

The event was organized by the United Nations Global Compact in collaboration with the Global Compact Network Argentina and brought together local and global leaders representing firms, civil society, governments, and the UN Global Compact local networks, with the aim of catalysing the action and impact on the 10 Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In view of the next global meeting - which will be held during the second half of the year and will be dedicated to a discussion on the progress made at national level on the implementation of the SDGs - Making Global Goals Local Business – Argentina represented an opportunity for firms all over the world to take an active part in sharing the current status recorded throughout Latin America with regard to the pursuit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Argentina, in particular, is a good example of multi-stakeholder collaboration in support of the Global Goals, from which all those present were able to take insights and inspiration.


“Routes of sustainability”: 6th edition of “Salone CSR IS” (Corporate and Social Responsibility and Social Innovation Fair)

The 6th edition of the “Salone CSR IS” is being organised. The event - promoted by the Global Compact Network Italy together with Bocconi University, the CSR Manager Network, Unioncamere, the Sodalitas Foundation, and Koinètica - is the most highly anticipated event for those involved in sustainability and social innovation.

For the 2018 edition, the fair has expanded its presence in Italy taking place in 10 cities in its tour of Italy (Giro d’Italia della CSR): after Salerno, Turin, Udine, Rome, Perugia, Genoa and Florence, the “Salone” will be in Bologna, Cosenza and Verona until the end of May.

“Decent Work in Global Supply Chains”: the second session of the UNGC Academy - open to all members

The UN Global Compact Academy  is a training tool designed to offer companies participating in the UNGC as “Participants” (Engagement Tier) the knowledge and skills necessary for integrating sustainability into their businesses. The first four thematic sessions are open to everyone as an example and will focus on the following content..
01/06/2018 - 06/06/2018 - 06/07/2018
Webinar cycle on UN Global Compact Reporting Tools

All firms participating in the Global Compact Network Italy are committed to promoting the 10 Global Compact Principles on Human Rights, Labour, the Environment and Anti-Corruption in their daily operations. In addition, they are called upon to report annually to the Global Compact Office and its stakeholders on the progress made in this area. The document, through which firms implement the required reporting activity, is called Communication on Progress..
Business & SDGs High Level Meeting: the leaders of the Italian firms engaged in the Global Goals meet to discuss Circular Economy

The third edition of the Business & SDGs High Level Meeting, will take place in Milan on 10th July, an initiative promoted by the Global Compact Network Italy to foster a top-level discussion within the business world, on strategies and policies to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations for 2030. The meeting will be hosted by A2A, at la Casa dell’Energia e dell’Ambiente (Energy and Environment Centre).
Ansaldo STS publishes the first Consolidated Non-Financial Statement for 2017
“The 2030 Agenda from global to local”, the new report by FEEM and SDSN Italy
IT for development: Intesys contribution to the Open Hospital project
Sustainability Commitments 2030
Sodalitas Social Award 2018
The new book of Edo Ronchi “The Transition to the green economy” for the 10 years of the Sustainable Development Foundation
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