Membership as “Founder” in the Global Compact Network Italy is open to:

  • Italian businesses and organizations participating in the UNGC;
  • subsidiaries of multinational companies participating in the UNGC which operate in Italy;
  • businesses, not exercised on an individual basis and with less than ten employees (micro-enterprises), which are located in Italy.

GCNI Members are divided into:

  • Promoting Founders: these are the companies and organizations which endorsed an took part in establishment of the GCNI Foundation after ten years of Network activity as informal group (GCNI - The Path).
  • Founders: these are the companies and organizations that have become part of GCNI undertaking to contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the same, not only supporting the organization financially, but also participating actively in the institutional life and the implementation of planned initiatives.



Firms and/or organizations that do not join the UNGC but which, by sharing the GCNI's goals and having an interest in participating in the initiatives and activities that it organizes in Italy, may become Participants by making annual payments not lower than the fees established by the Board of Directors for the Participants.
The title of Participants, if not differently deliberated by the Board of Directors, can be maintained for a maximum of one year.

Since January 2018, the GCNI will not accept any application as Participant.
The firms and organizations who are currently Participants will be able to apply to the Board of Directors for admission as Founders (if possessing the required criteria), otherwise they will be declined from the Participant status with immediate effect.

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Sustainability, our common challenge
Since it was established in 2013, over 60 organizations committed to sustainable development have joined the Global Compact Network Italy. Of these, 60% are large firms. Together with our members and the Italian for profit and not for profit sectors participating in the UN Global Compact (UNGC), we are spreading the UNGC Ten Principles and the UN 2030 Agenda at the national level, through an innovative approach to the production of knowledge and to action, the promotion of multi-stakeholder partnerships and the dissemination of good practices.


  • to maximize the effects and benefits of participation in the United Nations Global Compact
  • to act together as part of a heterogeneous Network for the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda
  • to strengthen relations with institutions, firms and organizational stakeholders committed to sustainability at national level
  • to improve sustainability strategies and policies through dialogue and the comparison with Italian best practices
  • to join multi-stakeholder partnership or collective actions which are characterized by an innovative approach to corporate ethics and by the objective of experimenting with new operational solutions in the fields of sustainability


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"Il valore delle partnership"
Interview with Daniela Bernacchi, GCNI
Rome, December 9, 2019

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