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  1. Compliance Management Training
    The local network in collaboration with the Alliance for Integrity (AfIn) organized training on Compliance Management for fifteen representatives of local companies desirous of advancing their capability in the area of compliance and anti-corruption.
    The goal of the workshop was to inform participants about current developments in compliance, as well as to showcase and discuss effective measures to enhance business integrity. 
    Workshop Presentations can be downloaded here :
    1. Introduction
    2. Module 1 – Types of Corruption
    3. Module 2 - Sanctions & Incentives for Business
    4. Module 3 – Measures to prevent corruption
    5. Module 4 – Common Risk Factors
    6. Risk Template
  2. Sustainability Workshop
    A half day sustainability reporting workshop was held on 6 June 2013 for business participants of the UN Global Compact in Ghana. The workshop was aimed at assisting the organizations to better manage and report on their social, economic and environmental impacts. The Coordinator of the Ghana Network and three representatives from the Global Reporting Initiative facilitated the workshop.
    Workshop presentations can be downloaded here :
    1. Sustainability Reporting Workshop
    2. Sustainability Workshop (June 2013)
  3. G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines - Global Reporting Initiative
    The GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (the Guidelines) offer Reporting Principles, Standard Disclosures and an Implementation Manual for the preparation of sustainability reports by organizations, regardless of their size, sector or location. The Guidelines also offer an international reference for all those interested in the disclosure of governance approach and of the environmental, social and economic performance and impacts of organizations. The Guidelines are useful in the preparation of any type of document which requires such disclosure.
    1. GRIG4 -Part 1 - Reporting and Standard Disclosure
    2. GRIG4 -Part 2 - Implementation -Manual
  4. Corporate Sustainability and the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda.
    This UN Global Compact report is the result of a globe-spanning series of consultations, surveys and focused discussions with thousands of companies committed to sustainability.
    The report contains business perspectives and recommendations that:
    1. Determine the core of a post-2015 agenda, including suggested sustainable development goals and targets, categorized around the following issues:
      1. The Poverty Apex
      2. Human Needs and Capacities
      3. The Resource Triad
      4. Enabling Environment
    2. Outline how to engage business and investors towards sustainable development goals,
    3. Recommend ways that Governments can advance inclusive and sustainable markets.
      The report can be found here
  5. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
    This publication contains the "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework.
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  6. The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights
    This guide is designed to support the effective implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("Guiding Principles"). It provides additional background, detail and assistance in understanding the Guiding Principles, and complements the commentary contained in the Guiding Principles.
    Download the guide here
  7. UN Global Compact Brochure -
    This brochure outlines the main objectives of the initiative, the business case for participation and ways in which companies can engage.(UNGC, 2008)
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  8. After the Signature – A Guide to Engagement in the Global Compact
     The guide suggests practical steps companies can make to start the implementation process and proposes additional activities for signatories to maximize their engagement, such as participation in Global Compact Local Networks and engagement in partnerships projects with stakeholders. (UNGC, 2008)
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  9. The Global Compact Self-Assessment Tool
    The tool enables companies to diagnose their performance across all four issue areas, inspire continuous improvement, and assist in the development of a Communication on Progress. (UNGC/DI/Ministry for Economic and Business Affairs of Denmark/IFU, 2010)
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  10. The Labour Principles of the UN Global Compact – A Guide for Business
    This guide increases the understanding of the four labour principles of the compact as well as provides an inventory of key resources to help integrate these principles into business operations. (UNGC/ILO, 2008)
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  11. Business and Human Rights Learning Tool
    Web-based modules integrate exercises and case studies on current trends and expectations towards business on implementation of human rights principles, as reflected in the UN Protect-Respect-Remedy Framework. Upon successful completion of a test of the learning tool content users have the opportunity to obtain a certificate. (UNGC/OHCHR, 2011)
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  12. Guide on How to Develop a Human Rights Policy –
    This guide provides instruction on how businesses can develop and implement a human rights policy within their companies. (UNGC, 2010)
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  13. A Global Compact for Sustainable Energy: A Framework for Business Action
    The Framework aims to motivate and guide business engagement and action in support of the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. In keeping with the initiative’s 2030 targets, the Framework seeks to identify where different industries can have the most significant impact – through their core business operations as well as product and service development; through social investments and philanthropy; and through advocacy and public policy engagement. (UNGC, 2011)
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  14. Adapting for a Green Economy: Companies, Communities and Climate Change
    Presents the business case for private sector adaptation to climate change in ways that build the resilience of vulnerable communities in developing countries – and provides useful guidance to business leaders and policymakers alike. (UNGC/UNEP/Oxfam/WRI, 2011)
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  15. The Fight Against Corruption: E-Learning Tool
    This tool offers an online learning platform that companies can easily access to obtain practical guidance on how to fight corruption in all forms through six interactive dilemma scenarios. (UNGC/UNODC, 2010).
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  16. Fighting Corruption in the Supply Chain: A Guide for Customers and Suppliers
    This guide outlines common supply chain corruption scenarios and provides a framework and set of tools for addressing them. (UNGC, 2010)
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  17. Business Fighting Corruption – Experiences from Africa
    This document is a collection of case studies showcasing how organizations and businesses in Africa are addressing the challenge of corruption. The publication is intended to assist managers in fighting corruption and increasing transparency. To this end, it provides ample evidence that individuals can contribute to the establishment of value-driven organizational cultures and that their collective action can help advance more transparent and ethical societies. (UNGC, 2008)
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  18. Additional Resources
    1. Cultural Heritage, Community Relations and CSR in Ghana
    2. Health & Safety as a Core issue of CSR
    3. Human Rights and the Workplace
    4. Keynote Address Delivered - CSR Conference 5
    5. Labour Issues in CSR Practice in Ghana
    6. Nordic Best Practices in CSR and the Ghanaian experience
    7. The Employee Wellbeing programme - A tool for responsible corporations
    8. The role and responsibilities of political parties towards sustainable governance and sustainable development
    9. UN Global Compact - CSR Conference


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