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Activities of 2011

  • Second Local Networks Exchange Programme (Dominican Republic September 12 – 16, 2011)
    • The Local Network Exchange Programme initiated by the Global Compact Office, New York is aimed at bringing together small groups of Local Network Contact Persons from various Local Networks across national boundaries around the world to a specified local network (host) for a period of time to gain relevant insights on the workings of other networks, foster inter-network and inter-regional collaborations and the cross-pollination of best practices. The Local Networks contact persons have been identified as those involved in running the day-to-day operations of the Local Networks.
    • The second exchange program was hosted by the Local Network of the Dominican Republic and gathered contact persons from the local networks of Ghana, USA, Ecuador, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Latin American Regional Center. Representatives from the Global Compact Office also attended the program as facilitators and communicators of updates to the Local Networks present for the exchange. The programme which covered a period of 5 days (September 12th - 16th, 2011) also included a Country CSR tour to several cities and visits to 7 companies and projects showcasing activities undertaken by GC participants in the Dominican Republic.

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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.

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.

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.

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