UN / GLOBAL COMPACT

04-Jun-2012 00:01:51
Results from the Global Compact Survey says that a deeper understanding of sustainability issues is gaining momentum around the world but much remains to be done to truly operationalize corporate sustainability and translate commitments into tangible action. UNTV
Size
Format
Acquire
N/A
Hi-Res formats
DESCRIPTION
STORY: UN / GLOBAL COMPACT
TRT: 1.51
SOURCE: UNTV
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATS

DATELINE: 4 JUNE 2012, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
SHOTLIST
FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

4 JUNE 2012, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Kell at the dais
3. Med shot, reporter
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact:
“The good news is indeed that the momentum behind business integrating environmental, social and governance issues into strategies and operations is gaining global momentum. It is not just the prerogative of a few, it is genuinely global. We have seen the largest increase in our history last year with 1,800 companies joining the Global Compact. That’s a 50 percent increase compared to the year before.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact:
“The biggest gap is actually in corporate lobbying on advocacy. We discovered, which we knew already but we got reconfirmed, that only 20 percent of the companies which have an explicit policy on lobbying and advocacy, do not align their policy advocacy with corporate sustainability. That means many companies are not yet aligning their lobbying advocacy policy with their commitment to corporate sustainability.”
7. Med shot, reporter
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact:
“The Corporate Sustainability Forum will have 120 sessions, mimicking all the official tracks of the public UN Rio conference. In a way it is a new United Nations what we are doing there, with 1,000 companies participating. So I would look into what’s going on there in terms of substance and then make judgement on what it delivers, and we will judge the outcome of Rio, not necessarily by what it’s on a document but by the amount of change we manage to inspire.”
9. Med shot, journalist
10. Wide shot, dais
STORYLINE
The United Nations Global Compact’s 2011 Implementation Survey’s results were presented at UN Headquarters today (4 June).

One of the central findings of the survey is that as a deeper understanding of sustainability issues is gaining momentum around the world, companies of all sectors are stepping up efforts to build environmental and social considerations into management strategies and policies.

Georg Kell, Executive Director of the Global Compact told reporters that the momentum behind business integrating environmental, social and governance issues into strategies and operations “is not just the prerogative of a few, it is genuinely global.”

Kell said that the Global Compact has seen “the largest increase in our history last year” with 1,800 companies joining the Compact, a 50 percent increase compared to the year before.

However, the survey indicates that much remains to be done to truly operationalise corporate sustainability and translate commitments into tangible action. Only nine percent of all companies report that their government lobbying activities are aligned with their sustainability principles.

The Executive Director pointed out that “the biggest gap is actually in corporate lobbying on advocacy” and “many companies are not yet aligning their lobbying advocacy policy with their commitment to corporate sustainability.”

Business efforts to advance corporate sustainability will also be in the spotlight at this June’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20. Together with several partners, the Global Compact will be hosting the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum, a gathering of more than 2000 executives and leaders from government, civil society and the UN System focusing on the role of business in advancing sustainable development through innovation and collaboration.

Kell noted that the Forum will mimic all the official tracks of the public UN Rio conference and “in a way it is a new United Nations what we are doing there.”

He added that the Global Compact will judge the outcome of Rio, “not necessarily by what it’s on a document but by the amount of change we manage to inspire.”

Launched in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies around the world to align their strategies and operations with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of broader UN goals.

Through the development, implementation, and disclosure of responsible corporate policies and practices, business can help ensure that markets advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere. With nearly 7,000 corporate signatories in over 135 countries, it is the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative.
Category
Source