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General Network Meeting 12 March 2009 , WFP Conference Room

This 1st General Network Meeting for 2009 was to review the activities of the network in 2008 and discuss 2009 Activities of the network.

UN Global Compact Regional Meeting Africa ,Lagos, Nigeria 16 – 19 March, 2009

The UN Global Compact Office (UNGCO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank Institute (WBI) and GCLN Nigeria held the 2009 UN Global Compact Meeting in Africa from the 16 – 19 March, 2009 at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Nigeria. The meeting was held under the theme “Business taking a stand in the fight against corruption” and presented an opportunity for participants to benefit from discussions on the subject of business challenges, opportunities and approaches to collectively tackling corruption.

The meeting was organized with the objectives of;

      • Equipping business leaders and Global Compact Local Network Focal Points with practical collective action tools and strategies to counter corruption in business operations.
      • Providing Global Compact Focal Points opportunities to learn from achievements of other networks and share experiences on the processes and issues relevant within the regional context.
      • Providing opportunities to discuss regional challenges and opportunities as well as identify potential regional approaches and joint activities.

Communication  on Progress ( COP) Workshop -  UNDP Ghana Conference Room  11 August  , 2009

The Ghana Network organized a one day COP Training session to take focal points of participating institutions through the processes of preparing and submitting COPs.The training which was hands- on in nature was carried out in 3 main sessions.

The first session involved outlining the 10 Principles of the Global Compact and how to effectively communicate on the first 5 Principles of the UN Global Compact which covers the thematic areas of Human Rights and Labour Standards. The second session, a continuation of the first touched on how to effectively communicating on the last 5 Principles which covers Human Rights, Environment and Anti-Corruption thematic areas. The last session for the day involved a graphical demonstration of submitting completed COPs on the Global Compact website.

Each session was followed by questions, comments and clarifications before participants filled out COP templates.


Joint Global Compact Network Ghana and Ghana Business Code Workshop on Anti – Corruption

On Tuesday November 17 2009, the Global Compact Network Ghana and the Ghana Business Code jointly organized a workshop on Anti – Corruption at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel, Accra. The informal and interactive workshop was attended by 63 participants of the Global Compact and the Ghana Business Code. 

Mrs. Florence Dennis, Executive Secretary, Ghana Anti – Corruption Coalition took participants through how to effectively deal with the canker of corruption in business.

Nana Owusu Afari , President of the AGI and CEO of Afariwaa Group of Companies shared his experience in doing ethical business in Ghana . He touched on the challenges of doing business in Ghana and how Ghanaian companies could effectively overcome such challenges.

Participants pledged to do their part in the fight against this common threat to the development of businesses in Ghana.

 End of year General Network Meeting  ( 21 December 2009)

HUMAN RIGHTS

The first two principles of the UN Global Compact, which are derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are:

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

The Global Compact's labour principles are derived from the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998):

  • 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.
ENIVIRONMENT

The UN Global Compact’s environment principles are derived from the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.

  • Principle 7: Business 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.
ANTI-CORRUPTION

The Global Compact Anti-Corruption principle is derived from the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

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