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Newsletter
Year 4, no. 16
January - February 2016

THE FOUNDATION

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 rights, labour, environment 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, 42 organizations adhere to the Foundation as founders or participants.

NEWS

lenteUN Global Compact Mandate Renewed by Member States

On 10 December 2015, the Economic and Financial Committee of the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the evolving strategic engagement of the UN in multi-stakeholder partnerships, including with the private sector.
The resolution, under General Assembly agenda item 27 (Towards global partnerships: A principle-based approach to enhanced cooperation between the United Nations and all relevant partners), reiterates the UN Global Compact’s broad mandate, which is to “to advance United Nations values and responsible business practices within the United Nations system and among the global business community”. In the same occasion, UN Member States  encouraged the private sector to enhance its involvement in combatting climate change.

lenteSave the Date for the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2016: 22-23 June, New York

The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2016 (22-23 June 2016, New York) will provide a dynamic stage to jump-start business action everywhere on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs address the most important economic, social, environmental and governance challenges of our time, providing a clear and compelling direction for the future. Agreed by all UN Member States, these new global goals are set to be a major driver of the markets of tomorrow and can unleash a wave of sustainable products, services and business innovations.

lenteGlobal Compact Network Italy Foundation Program Guidelines 2016

Last December, the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s Board of Directors approved the guidelines for 2016. First of all, in the light of the data shared at the last European Local Networks’ Forum of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the GCNI Foundation will, as from now, commit to increasing the participation of Italian companies both globally and locally in the initiative. The objective will be pursued: by promoting new subscriptions to the initiative; by offering support to Italian business and non-business participants in order to prevent them from being de-listed for being non-compliant with the requirements of annual reporting imposed by the UNGC on all members; and by defining new ways of engagement specifically for SMEs.

lenteSubmit a Case Study on “Investor-Corporate Engagement on Anti-Corruption”

The Global Compact and the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) are calling for companies to submit examples of how they engage in dialogue with investors on anti-corruption issues. Case studies will be featured in an upcoming publication by PRI and the Global Compact on “Investor-Corporate Engagement on Anti-Corruption” to be released later this year.

lente“COP21: And Then What?”: Conference sponsored by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation

Following the XXI Conference of the Parties (COP21), held in Paris from 30th November to 11th December 2015 and which concluded with the approval of 196 States (195 States + the European Union) for a new universal and binding agreement on climate to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation organized the Meeting “COP21: And Then What?” for the benefit of both its adherents and non-adherents. This meeting was held on 17th December at the headquarters of Atlantia S.p.A. in Rome. The event was an important opportunity to study the outcomes of the Climate Summit in Paris and to discuss future scenarios.

lenteSustainability for Italian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

CSR Manager Network renews in 2016 its cultural and educational path dedicated to SMEs on issues of sustainability.

The domestic sector which accounts for over 90% of the actors is extremely diverse. Corporate sustainability can be a strategic tool for positioning and penetration of new markets and jobs.

Even large companies are demanding more at their supply chains to review their processes and products but most of these issues are often, and wrongly, considered concepts next only to "big" industry or multinationals.

UPCOMING INITIATIVES
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"Business & Human Rights" Working Group: first meeting to study the topic of corporate diversity management

The first of three meetings to study the topic of corporate diversity management will be held on February 17th in Milan. The meeting, hosted by Edison, will focus on the conceptualization of this subject in a corporate context and will...

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2016

"Environment" Working Group: start of the 2016 program activities

The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s "Environment" Working Group will meet again on 18th February 2016 from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. The meeting will be kindly hosted by the Cariplo Foundation.

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UN Global Compact Welcome Meeting 2016

The UN Global Compact Welcome Meeting 2016 will held in web mode on February 22nd, from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.. The event will be sponsored by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation and is intended for all the Italian companies and organizations that have joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in the last year.

NETWORK NEWS IN SHORT

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