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Demystifying the Global Compact Principles - The Dilemma Game Session

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This learning session was organised on April 17, 2012 at the Ghana Chamber of Mines. The Dilemma Game uses 40 real business scenarios to help Global Compact participants understand the Global Compact Principles and its practical application.

At the end of the learning session, participants were of the view that the session had improved on their understanding of the Global Compact Principles and will go a long way to help them implement the principles in their business operations.  The game brought to the fore that a mere understanding of the principles was not enough for a company but also an in-depth knowledge of its practical application in the day-to-day operations of an organization was essential. It further underscored the need for businesses to be mindful of their decisions as it impacted either negatively or positively on their stakeholders (employees, customers, shareholders, community and NGOs)

Ghana Network Re-launched

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13 June 2012 marked the relaunch of the Global
Compact Network Ghana . The re-launch took place
in a partnership between UNDP Ghana, Ghana Chamber
of Mines and the Association of Ghana Industries .
In a welcome address,  CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Mines  and Network Representative Dr. Tony Aubynn stated that the chamber’s active participation in the UN Global Compact over the years and its willingness to host the secretariat was  because it believed in the values espoused by  the UN Global Compact. He called on Ghanaian companies, business associations, labour unions and NGOs to commit to the compact’s universally accepted principles and work hard to ensure their business operations did not in any way contravene the principles of the compact. He pledged the chambers readiness to support the new secretariat reach out to more people.
Ms. Helle Johansen,  Senior Private Sector Advisor of the UNDP Nordic Office  mentioned that the aim of  transferring the network's administration to the private sector was to strengthen the impact and sustainability of the network. She called on network members to work hard to wean itself of donor funding into a self—sustaining  network. She further added that in the coming years, the Ghana Network would focus on recruiting more corporate members and at the same time strengthen its business services so it could assist members better. She called on all gathered to support the Global Compact and work hard at improving their company’s CSR.
Country Director of UNDP Ghana Mr. Kamil Kamaluddeen, was happy the Global Compact had grown from a small initiative       comprising just about 40 companies as well as influential civil society, labour and employer organization to become the world’s largest, global corporate responsibility initiative, with over 8,700 participants committed to implementing the Global Compact principles in their business practices and taking actions to advance UN goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
He added that “many companies  in recent times have realized that businesses who look on sustainability and corporate responsibility not merely as a management “ fad du jour” but as a key contributor to the businesses future prosperity are rapidly gaining  a powerful competitive advantage over their domestic and international competition”. 
He called on businesses to  endeavor to weave sustainability (social, economic and environmental) into the DNA of their              organizations with the broad understanding that the globalized marketplace requires a stronger ethical orientation,                           better caretaking of the common good and a more comprehensive management of risks.  Mr. Kamaluddeen pledged UNDP Ghana’s continual support for the activities of the Global Compact Network Ghana.
The Executive Director of the Association  of Ghana Industries (AGI), Mr. Seth Twum – Akwaboah stated that as the main industrial association in Ghana, the AGI encouraged the concept of CSR among its members. AGI he noted, shared in the views that CSR goes beyond the practice of giving donations, and encompassed the entire practices of operating a successful business. It was for that reason that AGI, together with the Ghana Employers Association (GEA), and the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with support from DANIDA had developed the Ghana Business Code. The code which was operated for four years had about one hundred and fifty companies signing on to it.
Mr. Twum- Akwaboah expressed his joy at the arrangement to migrate the members of the business code to the compact which has a stronger international appeal. He reiterated AGI’s commitment to the compact and urged the business code members not to hesitate in embracing the Global Compact to enjoy the fruitful dividends that an enhanced local and international image could bring to their  companies.
Re—launching the network , Dr. John—Hawkins Asiedu , who represented the Trade and Industry Minister , Hon. Hanna Tetteh , congratulated partners for the successful transfer of the network to the private sector. He mentioned that Ghana would have an ideal environment for its peaceful democracy, sustainable socio-economic growth and private sector development if the practical set of core values provided by the Global Compact was followed by everyone. 
The Government of Ghana he added  “ hopes initiatives such as the Global Compact will help deepen the dialogue with all key stakeholders on how different actors in society can cooperate and work together in addressing urgent national, regional and global challenges while upholding Corporate Social Responsibility. He stressed that government was promoting an enabling environment for the growth of the private sector adding that apart from providing the necessary legal and institutional framework and ensuring that laws are complied with, the government was also facilitating processes by endorsing and recognizing good practices as well as promoting the formation of public- private partnerships


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