“UNCHAIN THE CHAIN!”

A COLLECTIVE APPROACH, OUR CHOICE

The Global Compact Network Italy launched a program in 2016 to promote theUnited 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 consideredby 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 emergedfrom the meeting. The second edition, held in Lucca last year, witnessedfirms, 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.

COLLECTIVE ACTIONS GENERAL GOALS

  • Promoting sustainability throughout the supply chain.
  • Development of strategies, policies and corporate tools for sustainable supply chain management.
  • Sharing good practices.

CALL RECIPIENTS

  • 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-October 2018

STAGE 1 – March/May 2018: Supply-Chain Sustainability Self-assessment

This first stage aims to provide participants with a tool for assessing and monitoring the sustainability performance of their suppliers. Starting from the self-assessment questionnaire at the basis of the TenP Platform, parallel work groups will be organised to update the latter on the most recent legislative references, national and international standards and conventions. Each participant will be able to indicate the working group he/she prefers according to his/her specific skills and interests.  
The sub-groups will meet in person or via web up to two times, and will then present the results of the work carried out at a meeting scheduled for May. The working groups will be coordinated by the Global Compact Network Italy which will summarize the works in a single and shared document. The questionnaire obtained will be freely usable by all the Collective Action participants; it will also be used to update the TenP Platform and will allow those who so desire, to benefit from all the services connected to the use of a digital tool.

STAGE 2- May/October 2018: Making a Case Study and publishing the Practices Collection on SDGs

The participants, with the support of a template developed by the Global Compact Network Italy, will work on the development of their Practices on the topic of sustainable supply chain management. The collected Practices will be included in the second Practice Collection of the Global Compact Network Italy, this year in the form of a Web Gallery, and presented both nationally and internationally.

The Practice Collection on SDGs 2017, launched last October at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, was the first output of a multi-year publishing project, organized by the Global Compact Network Italy, and aimed at giving value to the commitment and successes of the firms and organizations participating in the Network that are supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The second Collection (2018), unlike the first, focuses on a specific Sustainable Development Goal: SDG 12, «Sustainable production and consumption» which includes the good practices of sustainable supply chain management.

The aim is to study, share, discuss and make the most of what is being done and can still be done to transform the Global Goals into local business, offering a critical and transversal reading of the experiences told and a hypothesis of future scenarios as well.

 
STAGE 3 –  October 2018: Active engagement of suppliers for the creation of shared value

The assessment questionnaire of the first stage will allow the measurement and monitoring of sustainability performance in the four areas of the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact (human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption). Based on the results achieved, buyers can decide to get training modules for their suppliers started  in order to accompany them in a process of improvement and growth. The training packages for 2018 will focus on the themes: Human Rights and Anti-Corruption. Training on Fight against corruption will be implemented in collaboration with Transparency International Italia. The Global Compact Network Italy will provide the materials necessary for conducting the training activity, customized courses will be defined and listed separately.

In 2019, training courses about environmental issues will also start.


INTERMEDIATE AND FINAL OUTPUTS

  • Self-assessment questionnaire on supply chainsustainability performance
  • Collection of good practices promoted through a Web Gallery
  • Access to training packages on Business & Human Rights and Anti-Corruption aimed at suppliers


PARTICIPATION FEES

STATUS CONTRIBUTION*

BUSINESSES

Italian companies that pay One Global Compact

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

1.000€

Companies that pay neither One Global Compact nor the annual feeto the Network

2.000€

NON PROFIT

Organizations that pay the annual fee to the Network

500€

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

1.000€

 

* Where an organization is a member of the TenP Platform, they will receive a discount equal to theamount already paid for the membership fee for the Collective Action on the subscription fee to the Platform.
TenP Partners will have free access to the Collective Action.

For more information on the TenP Platform and membership fees:
>http://globalcompactnetwork.org/it/attivita-del-network-ita/piattaforma-tenp.html

 

INFO & CONTACTS

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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