UN Global Compact


   The UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact was launched in July 2000. The Global Compact is a voluntary learning and dialogue platform for businesses that are committed to ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Through a wide spectrum of specialised workstreams, management tools, resources and topical programs, the Global Compact aims to advance two complementary objectives:

  • Mainstream the ten principles in business activities around the world
  • Facilitate actions in support of broader UN goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

With over 5000 business participants and 2000 other stakeholders from civil society, academia, labour and other sectors, the Global Compact is today the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. All companies seeking to partner with the United Nations are highly encouraged to join the Global Compact and help realise the UN’s vision of a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.

For more information, visit www.unglobalcompact.org

The Ten Principles of the Global Compact

The UN Global Compact’s ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption enjoy universal consensus and are derived from:

The UN Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption:
Human Rights

  • Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  • Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


  • Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
  • Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
  • Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


  • Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  • Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  • Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


  • Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

The Global Compact Office is supported by six UN agencies: the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; the United Nations Environment Programme; the International Labour Organization; the United Nations Development Programme; the United Nations Industrial Development Organization; and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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