Immediately following the Global Compact+15 Europe event, more than 20 Global Compact Networks from Europe gathered in Berlin, on October 13th and 14th, for the Local Networks Regional Meeting. European networks learned more about current initiatives, available resources and future events, as well as explored opportunities for greater engagement between Local Networks and Global Compact LEAD. Companies also spent time identifying challenges and possible solutions for increasing engagement among small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The two-day meeting included a successful working session where Local Networks representatives, members of the Local Networks Advisory Group (LNAG), and the UN Global Compact Local Networks Team from New York worked collaboratively to identify common regional challenges and elaborate on mutually-beneficial solutions.
Finally, attendees shared expertise on the latest sustainability trends, best practices, and discussed the role of Local Networks as key facilitators of business engagement in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and how to effectively leverage the SDGs Compass and other related UN Global Compact resources to this end. In particular, the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation had the opportunity to update the other Local Networks on the progress of the Ten-P – Sustainable Supply Chain Self-Assessment Platform and the new objectives and program of its "Business & Human Rights" Working Group.