Global Compact+15: Business as a Force for Good

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Global Compact+15: Business as a Force for Good

Corporate sustainability is changing the way the world works. A CEO summit last month in Paris marked a transition from businesses as core causes of climate change to champions of serious and scientifically-gauged responses. A draft UN document calls on business and investors to help bridge a $1 trillion-a-year infrastructure gap in developing countries, and annual investment needs as much as $2.5 trillion to achieve world development that is sustainable. Corporations are spearheading a trend in foreign direct investment from a “race to the bottom” to a means of raising quality of life and environmental standards in poor countries.

Marking the 15th anniversary of the UN Global Compact -- the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative -- Global Compact+15 will bring business, government and civil society to the UN General Assembly Hall to review the private sector role in advancing global priorities. The event will include the release of a report on the growth of corporate sustainability, and the part played by the UN Global Compact since 2000, and on likely future directions.

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Video: UN Official on China’s Firms Going Global
"A growing number of companies recognize that social, environment and governance issues matter," Kell explained. " Environmental social and governance issues are influencing the share price and long-term financial returns." Watch the full video from Xinhua News Agency. About the UN Global Compact ...
Aug 6, 2015 8:45 AM ET
Interview: As Chinese Companies Go Global, Sustainability Should be Priority
Non-financial issues such as social responsibility, environmental stewardship and good governance will be increasingly important priorities for Chinese businesses as they navigate global markets, a senior UN official has told Xinhua. "As Chinese companies are learning to go more global, it's even more important to understand how to navigate the different landscapes and these non-...
Aug 5, 2015 11:30 AM ET
Business as a Force for Good
This week, I will travel to San Francisco to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter, the founding document of the United Nations. In the shadow of Second World War, representatives of 50 nations gathered in the San Francisco Opera House to establish their vision of a shared, secure and sustainable future -- to...
Aug 4, 2015 12:45 PM ET
Companies 'Long Way to Go' to be Socially Responsible: U.N. Global Compact Chief
Progress in making companies more environmentally and socially responsible has been slow and too many still focus on short-term financial gain rather than their long-term impact on people and nature, the head of the U.N. Global Compact said. Click here to continue reading on...
Aug 3, 2015 10:30 AM ET
Interview with Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact
In an interview for UN News Centre, Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact shares his reflections and experiences from his 15 years at the helm of the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative.   Read the full article on...
Jun 30, 2015 6:35 PM ET