The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere.
As social, political and economic challenges (and opportunities) — whether occurring at home or in other regions — affect business more than ever before, many companies recognize the need to collaborate and partner with governments, civil society, labour and the United Nations.
This ever-increasing understanding is reflected in the Global Compact's rapid growth. With 7,000 corporate signatories in 135 countries, it is the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.
For the UN Global Compact, the Women’s Empowerment Principles bring a needed gender “lens” to the Global Compact’s 10 Principles and help articulate the gender dimension of good corporate citizenship and business' role in sustainable development.
In a recent General Assembly resolution UN Member States welcomed the Women's Empowerment Principles and specifically requested that Global Compact Local Networks promote the Women's Empowerment Principles and help create awareness of the many ways in which business can promote gender equality. Learn more.
For more information on the UN Global Compact, please visit www.unglobalcompact.org.