The United Nations Global Compact is one of the most important sustainability initiatives in the world. Officially launched in July 2000, it now has 12,000 participants in 170 countries.
These are companies, institutions, business representatives and civil society organisations committed to building a more sustainable and inclusive economy, making the Global Compact the only truly global sustainability forum.
Membership requires companies to embrace, support and implement, in their strategy and within their sphere of influence, a set of core values identified by the so-called Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption standards. The companies also take responsibility for reporting annually to their stakeholders on progress achieved in these areas.