Global business urged to embrace "integrity"

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The global business community has been told by the UN Secretary-General that "integrity" and "doing business right" will help to improve the world.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit which opened in New York on Wednesday.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The Global Compact is described as the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. 

It calls on companies to align their operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. 

And it says they should act in ways that "advance societal goals." 

Opening the Leaders Summit in New York, Ban Ki-moon had this to say. 

"We need to mobilize the global business community as never before. All businesses, everywhere, can and should play a role in improving our world. That starts with integrity, doing business right." 

The UN Global Compact has over 13,000 signatories in 165 countries. 

It's hoped its 80 local networks will act as launching pads for campaigns to realize global development goals through business. 

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations. 

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