The UN Global Compact (or check UN Global Compact Norge) is the world’s largest global corporate sustainability initiative, with over 10,800 companies based in over 150 countries. It is a voluntary and principle-based initiative that requires commitment from the top-level, i.e. the CEO, of its participating companies. The 10-principle-framework guides responsible business around areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and links these actions to the objectives of the SDGs.
"At the UN Global Compact, we aim to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want. That’s our vision.
To make this happen, the UN Global Compact supports companies to:
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:
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.