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Years 1, no. 2
September - October 2013


The Global Compact Network Italy (GCNI) was established in 2002 to contribute to the development in Italy of the "Global Compact", a project designed to promote the culture of corporate citizenship launched, in 1999, by the then Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan.

Considering this objective, the Network operates as an information platform, giving support and coordination to Italian companies and organizations which resolve to share, support and employ a whole range of universal principles in matters of human rightslabourenvironment and the fight against corruption, thereby contributing to the accomplishment of "a more wide-ranging and sustainable global economy".

In June 2013, the GCNI  became legally established as the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation.

Currently, 21 organizations adhere to the Foundation as founders or participants.


Seminar "Eco-system services in business management": publication of materials. Last July 8th, the seminar "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, was held in in Rome at the UniCredit venue. The meeting was aimed at investigating the role of ecosystem services in business management and introducing some tools for the quantification and mapping of these services, emphasizing some of the best practices identified within the national panorama. Following the seminar, the material presented in the meeting and other documents focused on the topic and picked up by the speakers (research reports, papers, articles, etc.) have been made available on the website. Go to the page dedicated to this event

Working-Group “Anti-Corruption”: updating on activities. 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

Working-Group “Reporting”: update on activities. The second meeting of the Working Group “Reporting” was held in Milan on July 24th 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 <IR> 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.


September 19 -20, New York


The UNGC Leaders Summit 2013: “Architects of a Better World” will be held in New York on September 19th – 20th. The event will be chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and it will bring together chief executives with leaders from civil society, governments and the United Nations. As the Millennium Development Goals 2015 deadline approaches, the Summit will set the stage for businesses to shape and advance the post-2015 development agenda - putting forward a framework for businesses to contribute to global priorities, such as climate change, water, food, women's empowerment, children's rights, decent jobs and education, at unprecedented levels. Over 600 CEOs and other leaders are already registered for the event.
To view the full agenda of the Leaders Summit 2013, click here

Italian Participation

The prof. Marco Frey, President of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation), will take 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. Paolo Andrea Colombo, Chairman of Enel, is going to intervene as speaker in the event Closing Plenary. It is also important to point out that the Italian participation in the event will be, in general, even wider, as the representatives of more than 20 organizations located in Italy (including: businesses, public institutions, non-profit organizations, universities, etc. .) will attend the international meeting.

Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013

The Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013has just been launched and it looks at the state of corporate sustainability today – providing an in-depth review of the actions taken by companies around the world to embed responsible practices into their strategies, operations and culture. Based on responses to the Global Compact Annual Implementation Survey, the report provides a robust view on how businesses everywhere – and of all sizes – are adjusting their policies and practices to address today’s sustainability agenda. To download the document, click here


2013 CSR Forum. The eighth edition of the CSR Forum, organized by ABI - Italian Banking Association, will be held on 28th and 29th of October, in Rome at Palazzo Altieri. The aim of the Forum is to make an assessment of CSR’s current situation at national and international levels and to explore possible future developments, but also to keep the comparison alive, already begun some time ago, between the various actors involved and extend the role that each of them can have in coming up with ideas and developing methods and tools to strengthen the presence of economic, environmental and social public policies, strategies and business activities, in the daily life of citizens. For further information, click here

Publication of Salini’s  2012 Sustainability Report. Salini has published its fourth Sustainability Report, which for the third year in a row has met the requirements of the application level "A +" of the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative). The Report, in particular, has been prepared in accordance with the guidelines "Sustainability Reporting Guidelines & Construction and Real Estate Sector Supplement (CRESS)" based on the version of the GRI G3.1 and it is also the company’s Communication on Progress (COP) in relation to the ten Global Compact Principles, of which Salini has been a member since 2010. To view the document, click here

Publication of Sofidel’s 2012 Integrated Report. The Integrated Report is now the single reporting document of Sofidel, which contains both the economic and financial statements which compose the consolidated Report, as the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that describe the economic, social and environmental dimensions of the business according to the requirements of the main international organizations in the field of sustainability and social responsibility. The cover shows the outline of the United States of America and is chromatically inspired by the institutional colors of that country. A reference to one of the events that distinguished the year: the acquisition of Sofidel America. To view the document, click here

The Paper Group Sofidel (Regina) reduced its CO2 emissions by 11%. In 2008, Sofidel, the Italian group leader in the production of paper for sanitary and domestic use, joined the international program sponsored by the WWF Climate Savers, which brings together major companies engaged to reduce CO2 emissions on a voluntary basis. Today Sofidel has reduced its emissions by 11%, the target defined by WWF, thanks to over 25 million euros invested in the combined generation of electricity - steam and renewable energy. Read the press release

CSR and Social Innovation Fair. Fondazione Sodalitas is, along with the CSR Manager Network, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi and Koinètica, one of the organizers of the CSR and Social Innovation Fair, which will be held in Milan on the 1st and 2nd of October. The Fair is an annual event aimed at those who are rethinking their CSR policies within the logic of Corporate Social Innovation, and it is an opportunity for companies, PA, Third Sector but also for students, and ordinary citizens to meet and discuss the issues. For more information about the event, click here

Ca’ Foscari talks about its own Sustainability. Ca' Foscari is officially going to present its Sustainability Report together with new projects implemented by the University on October 1st 2013: in addition to the new interactive web version of the Report and the car pooling portal, the first results of the project "Competenze di sostenibilità" (sustainability expertise), which encourages students to acquire knowledge about extra-curricular sustainability themes, will be presented. The "Ca' Foscari Sociale" will also be introduced as a project implemented in collaboration with the non-profit associations active in the Veneto region to endorse the capacities of the University and to match them with the needs of local voluntary organizations. Other important events for the University are scheduled for September 19th, when Ca' Foscari will officially receive the title of oldest building in the world with LEED certification, and for October 4th with the seminar "Fashion & Sustainability: why is sustainability fashionable?". For more information on Ca' Foscari’s  sustainable activities, click here


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