The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation accepted the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to participate in the public enlarged consultation on the Italian Plan of Action for the implementation by Public Administration of the "UN Guiding Principles on Enterprises and Human Rights" in implementation of the European Commission Communication COM (2011) 681. With this objective, the Foundation involved its Members and Participants in the consultation, giving them the Action Plan and requesting comments. The document containing the overall contribution of the Foundation on the Action Plan was posted on December 4th at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, the Foundation in collaboration with the Italian Committee for UNICEF and Save the Children Italy has provided a contribution to the predicted Ministry on the specific issue of Children's Rights and Business Principles.
The annual meeting of the European Networks of the United Nations Global Compact was held in Madrid on 20th to 22nd of November. Mainly aimed at identifying common solutions to the challenges posed by the development of the Global Compact on a regional and global scale and by the definition and operationalization of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the meeting also represented an important opportunity for the exchange of knowledge, experiences and information among representatives of the European Local Networks. For further information on the annual meetings of the European Local Networks, click here
On October 28th 2013, UNICEF Italy, Global Compact Network Italy Foundation and Save the Children Italy introduced in Italy the “Children's Rights and Business Principles”, a call on business to step up their efforts to respect and support children’s rights in the workplace, marketplace and community. To learn more, read the Press release
In September, four new companies joined the Foundation with the status of "Participant". They are: Auchan S.p.A., Barilla G. and R. Fratelli, K.P.M.G. S.p.A. and Sma S.p.A.. On October 30th, the Board of Directors of the Foundation finally approved the membership request of ABI - Italian Banking Association and UniCredit as "Founders". The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation would like to welcome its new founders and participants!
The event "Global Compact Network Italy Foundation: objectives and activities" was held in Milan, at the venue of FEEM – Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, on October 30th. The meeting was aimed at an in-depth analysis of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) and a presentation of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation, established last June after ten years of activity of the Global Compact Network Italy with the primary aim of contributing to the development of the UNGC in Italy. Through their contributions, five of the businesses which compone the Directive Board (Edison, Eni, Italcementi, Gruppo Generali, Terna), described the possible ways of involvement of Founders and Participants in the Foundation programs and activities and they clarified the benefits and the opportunities of the adhesion. Representatives of several companies of different sizes and productive sectors attended the meeting, as well as non-profit organizations and academic institutions engaged on issues of corporate sustainability.
To view the Presentation of the UNGC and the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation, click here
On the occasion of the “Salone della CSR e dell’innovazione sociale”, that was held in Milan on the dates of 1 and 2 October, the volume Quale futuro per la CSR e l’innovazione sociale – Riflessioni, esperienze e incontri da “Il Salone della CSR e dell’innovazione sociale” was published. Koinètica was responsible for the publishing project and coordination. Within the document, there is a contribution of Marco Frey, President of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation, focused on "Le frontiere della corporate sustainability". To view the volume, click here
Starting 1 January 2014, there has been an update to the Global Compact Logo Policy. This update will clarify the criteria used in reviewing requests to use the "We support the Global Compact" logo made by business participants. The new criteria include a requirement that business participants will have made an annual contribution to the Foundation for the Global Compact in the preceding twelve months in order to use the "We support the Global Compact" logo. The contextualized COP logo will continue to be available for download and use within a Participant's COP without prior permission from the UN Global Compact Office. View Logo Policy update effective 1 January 2014
The second meeting of the Working Group "Reporting" was held in Milan, on July 23th 2013, at the headquarters of FEEM - Fondazione Enrico Mattei. During the meeting, the new versions of the framework of the most widely used sustainability reporting by companies were presented: UN Global Compact 21 Advanced Program Criteria, the Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines GRI-G4, Consultation Draft of the International Framework. It was also decided to devote the next meeting of the Group to reflecting on the principle of materiality with the aim of further examining and better understanding the operational aspects of its application with regard to the various reporting framework considered.
The most recent meeting of the Working Group "Anti-Corruption" was held on July 11th in Milan and was attended by representatives of the following businesses: ABB, eni, Intesa Sanpaolo, Italcementi, Siemens Italia, TI IT, UniCredit. The main objectives of the meeting were the individuation of the thematic focus to develop and the definition of the activities agenda for the next six months. With regard to the first point, the W-G is going to work on the topic of corruption between private entities, beginning with a preliminary general assessment on the compliance strategies and policies of the Italian companies. The in-depth study and analysis of the chosen theme will be divided into three main phases, which will be aimed respectively at: a mapping of company risk areas (step 1); a comparison of the practices of compliance of the companies that are part of the W-G, taking into account previously identified areas at risk (step 2); an analytical study on specific issues, such as admissibility, or the relation of the crime of corruption existing between private entities and models 231, etc. (step 3). Go to the Working-Group "Anti-Corruption" page
The seminar on "Eco-system services in business management", organized by Global Compact Network Italy Foundation, with the collaboration of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa and Consorzio Universitario per la Ricerca Socioeconomica e per l' Ambiente – CURSA, will be held in the afternoon on July 8th in Rome, at the venue of Unicredit. The ecosystem services play a vital role in society. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment estimates that the loss of ecosystem services contributes to food and energy insecurity, increases vulnerability towards natural disasters, such as floods or tropical storms, decreases the level of health, reduces the availability and quality of water resources and undermines cultural heritage. The ecosystem services also represent a significant portion of the total economic value of the planet. The meeting, open to the participation of all Foundation members, is aimed at investigating the role of ecosystem services in business management and introducing some tools for the quantification and mapping of the same, emphasizing some of the best practices identified on the national scene. Read the meeting schedule
The material of the seminar "Eco-system services in business management", which was held in Rome at Unicredit venue on July 8th, is now available on the GCNI Foundation website. The seminar was organized by Global Compact Network Italy Foundation, with the collaboration of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa and Consorzio Universitario per la Ricerca Socioeconomica e per l' Ambiente – CURSA. To view the documents, click here
In the first issue, the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation has activated its Newsletter service, aimed at: informing users about the Foundation institutional life and the projects and initiatives which have been implemented or scheduled; communicating all updates on the United Nations Global Compact policies and the main news from the policy community active at national and international level on sustainability issues; raising awareness about projects and activities carried out by the Members and Participants of the Foundation, as well as their social and reporting documents and publications on matters of interest. The GCNI Foundation Newsletter is produced in Italian and English and will come out bi-monthly. Go to the Newsletter archive
The meeting "Dalla Conferenza di Rio+20 al processo Post-2015: le sfide dello Zero Hunger Challenge, della sostenibilità, della lotta alla povertà e dello sviluppo sociale. Il contributo italiano, la posizione europea" will be held on July 2 in Rome. The event will take place at the International Conferences Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 9.30 a.m. to 17 p.m.. As representative of the Global Compact Network Italy, Alessandro Beda from Sodalitas Foundation, will take part in the meeting. To participate, you will have to register by June 29 at this link: http://tiny.cc/0gwnyw. To read the event program, click here
The global conference for the launch of the G4 version of GRI Guidelines for sustainability reporting was held in Amsterdam on 22-23-24 of May. The Guidelines G4 have different points of novelty compared to the previous version 3.1 G, among which: an important focus on the principle of materiality; an update of the provisions on governance, ethics and integrity, supply-chain, anti-corruption and emissions of greenhouse gases; the introduction of a general format for the Disclosures on Management Approach. The Global Compact Network Italy took part in the event together with other representatives of the international policy community on the sustainability issues. For further information on the new GRI Guidelines, click here
The "UNGC Leaders Summit 2013: architects of a better world" was held in New York on September 19th – 20th. The event, chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, brought together chief executives with leaders from civil society, Government and the United Nations. The prof. Marco Frey, President of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation took part in the UNGC Leaders Summit 2013 on behalf of the Global Compact Network Italy, while, among the organizations that are members of the GCNI Foundation, we point out the participation of Enel and eni. Dr. Paolo Andrea Colombo, Chairman of Enel, intervened as speaker in the event Closing Plenary. It is also important to point out that the Italian participation in the event was, in general, even wider, as the representatives of more than 20 organizations located in Italy (including: businesses, public institutions, non-profit organizations, universities, etc.) attended the international meeting.
To view the new publications launched in occasion of the UNGC Leaders Summit, click here
As part of the Communication on Progress (COP) Differentiation Program, the Global Compact in consultation with member organizations and Local Networks, provided an update of the process of COP self-evaluation with specific regard to the Advanced level. For more information, click here
Following the one-year anniversary of the launch of the "Children's Rights and Business Principles", Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, and Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, issued a joint letter urging business to do more with the aim to create an economical realty coherent with needs and rights of all children worldwide. In particular, the joint letter calls on business to effectively address child labour within business operations and the value chain, for instance through a substantial investment in primary and secondary education. For further information on Letter contents, click here
On Thursday 13 October 2011, Edison has proposed a training on Human Rights for its employees in Milan. The training session has been organized by the Global Compact Network Italy in cooperation with the Staff College of Turin. There has been a focus on the Labour Righst and on the HR Risk Assessment Tools. All the GCNI HR Working Group has been invited to participate at the meeting. The event speaker were: Mrs Maria Vasquez, ILO Training Center; Mrs Francesca Magliulo, CSR Manager Edison and Mr Marco Frey, Chairman GCNI.