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The Global Compact Network Italy launched a program in 2016 to promote the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of this program, the GCNI has launched two national hubs to investigate and boost the contribution of Italian companies - together with stakeholder organizations - in the implementation of the 2030 UN Agenda: the Business & SDGs High Level Meeting and the Italian Business & SDGs Annual Forum. The first hub consists of an itinerant round table reserved for CEOs and Presidents of large Italian companies, mostly active in strategic sectors. The second one brings professionals and practitioners of sustainability issues together every year with the aim of fostering the discussion about and the coordinated approach to the 2030 challenges.

With the first edition of the SDG Forum (Venice, 2016) a survey was carried out on the business and non-business commitment to the SDGs and the definition of a list of topics considered by the actors of sustainable development to be relevant and of priority at the national level. Moreover, the need for a coordinated, collaborative and partnership approach to the challenges of a world without poverty and inequality, and to fight against climate change clearly emerged from the meeting. The second edition, held in Lucca last year, witnessed firms, the non-profit sector, universities and institutions working together in thematic groups with the aim of formulating, discussing and selecting Collective Action 2030 proposals to be implemented in 2018.

Collecting the input from the latest SDG Forum, the GCNI is launching two Collective Actions this year - as a further stage of the program to support the 2030 Agenda. These actions are respectively aimed at the effective sustainable supply chain management and the strengthening of innovation and communication in the circular economy sector.


  • Training on the logic and concepts at the basis of a circular economy. 
  • Evaluation of material and immaterial circularity
  • Sharing of approaches and tools to support the adoption of strategies and practices of circularity in companies and online


  • Large companies, SMEs, startups
  • Non-profit organizations committed to sustainability issues or interested in them
  • Public bodies, national and local administrations
  • Universities and research institutions

TIMEFRAME: March-November 2018

STAGE 1 - March/April 2018: Training and discussions on the topic of Circular Economy

This stage will start in March with the evaluation, via an online questionnaire, of theparticipating organizations’ level of awareness on the subject of circularity. The results thus collected will form the basis for the definition of the training session, in the form of a seminar, which will be held at the beginning of April and which will focus on: circularity themes and tools within firms.
On this occasion, an opportunity will be given to discuss the collection of expectations and specific problems of the organizations present. Finally, a template for the collection of business practices will be shared with the participants, which will allow them, in the following months, to build their own Practice about Circular Economy, further analysing the strategies and practices adopted. The cases collected in this way will be promoted, both nationally and internationally, in the second Practice Collection of the Global Compact Network Italy, this year in the form of a Web Gallery.

STAGE 2 - April/July 2018: Circularity in firms: strategies and benefits

After the first meeting, an online checklist will be sent to the participants to make a quick measurement of the material and immaterial circularity of the participating companies. The outcomes will be shared and discussed during a meeting scheduled for July. At the same time the opportunities for improvement emerging from the check-ups will be examined during a workshop, thus defining suitable strategies for increasing the circularity of organizations and associated benefits.

STAGE 3 – October 2018: Circularity as a lever to improve your relationship with your stakeholders

The aim of this last stage is to extend the circular approach to the network of corporate stakeholders. During a Multi-stakeholder Workshop, which will be held during the CSR and Social Innovation Exhibition in October, the participants will be accompanied in the evaluation and identification of “online” opportunities, strategies and approaches of circularity.


  • Questionnaires for the evaluation and measurement of material and immaterial circularity in firms
  • Collection of good practices, promoted through a Web Gallery
  • Report containing the main evidence coming out of and discussed during the Collective Action




Italian companies that pay One Global Compact

Italian companies that are exempt from One Global Compact but pay the annual fee to the Network


Companies that pay neither One Global Compact nor the annual fee to the Network



Organizations that pay the annual fee to the Network


Companies that do not pay for the One Global Compact or the annual fee to the Network




Subscriptions to the Working Group on Collective Action will be limited.

All applications for membership will be evaluated by the Board of Directors of GCNI.

For further information on the activities and to respond to the Call, please write to: Margherita Macellari (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)



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