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First Network General Meeting ( 12 March 2010)

Second Network General Meeting ( 3 June 2010)


CEOs Luncheon 

The Network on  August 26  2010 organized a CEOs Luncheon at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel. This event brought together CEOs and MDs of a number of Ghanaian companies. 

Dr. Joyce Aryee , chairperson of the local network in her welcome address indicated that the Global Compact was based on the idea that businesses were a major and powerful component of every society and thus had the role and clear responsibility to help address the world’s most pressing problems.
 The Deputy UNDP Country Director , Shegeki Komatsubara in his remarks stated that the Global Compact had lived up to its promise of bringing business together with other stakeholders, and infusing markets and economies with universal values. He called on businesses to come together to demonstrate collective action on transformative corporate social responsibility, where it can work with communities and groups on their development. He underscored the importance of Globa Compact participants to show their leadership in corporate social responsibility especially as Ghana moves into an oil economy and demonstrate that it is possible to do profitable business and promote social contracting and cohesion. He announced that under the aegis of the Global Compact, UNDP Ghana will be collaborating with the Ghana Chamber of Mines to develop an Alternative Livelihoods Framework for Mining Communities, which will help stem some of the persistent conflicts between mining companies and communities.

Invited guests were then taken through a presentation on the UN Global Compact and the Ghana Network 

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Press Soiree, Accra International Press Centre

The Ghana Network in collaboration with the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) organized this event to introduce the UN Global Compact to the media. The event highlighted the importance of CSR and how the media could assist in the promotion of universal human rights, implementation of decent work practices, reduction in environmental impact and ensurance of zero incidents of corruption in Ghanaian businesses using the UN Global Compact initiative.

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